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Peter Pontvik

Peter Pontvik (Photo: Negumbo Lew)
Born in Copenhagen in 1963, Peter Pontvik studied musicology and choral conducting in Montevideo, as well as composition both at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and under Wolfgang Rihm at the Karlsruhe State College of Music in Germany. He studied early music with Hans-Georg Renner.  Pontvik's compositions include works for orchestra, choir, and chamber music. 

Pontvik's particular interest is research on Latin American baroque music. He founded the Stockholm based Ensemble Villancico in 1995 and serves as its artistic director. He is also the artistic director of the Stockholm Early Music Festival, which he founded in 2002, and has been chairman of NORDEM (Nordic Early Music Federation) since 2006. Pontvik is currently the president of REMA (Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne-European Early Music Network) and initiated the "European Day of Early Music", celebrated since 2013.

Pontvik has received the following awards: the First Prize in Choral Composition in 1989 in Tolosa, Spain, the Cultural Promoter of the Year 2004 from the Swedish Festival Association, and the Swedish Early Music Prize in 2010.