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The founder and artistic director of the group „Schola Cantorum Riga” is Guntars Pranis.

He is also the Music Director of Riga Cathedral, where he leads the Cathedral choir and the vocal group “Laudate” (many concerts in Latvia and abroad).
Guntars Pranis is professor of Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music and regularly gives talks on early music at numerous courses and conferences in Latvia and abroad. Currently he writes his dissertation about "Medieval music tradition in Riga".

It was his idea and initiative to start the tradition of the Gregorian
Music Week in Latvia
and he has been its artistic leader since 1992.

Guntars Pranis has studied music in Latvia, Germany and Austria and his special interest has been Medieval music. He has studied with the most prominent authorities on Gregorian chants G.Joppich, J.B.Goschl, A.Turco, Fr.K.Prassl and others.

Guntars Pranis is a guest lecturer at other institutions of higher
education and music schools in Latvia, as well as the author of many international publications.