Katarina Livljanić, singer and musicologist, is among the leading international specialists in medieval chant performance. Born on the Adriatic coast of Croatia, she decided to become a medieval music performer at a very early age, training at the Zagreb Music Conservatory before moving to France to study voice with Guillemette Laurens and musicology with Marie NoĂ«l Colette.
She now directs the vocal ensemble Dialogos, specializing in medieval chant and liturgical theatre of the Glagolitic tradition. For her work in this field, she was decorated for cultural achievement by the president of Croatia in 2002.
She obtained a Ph.D. at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris, based on research of medieval chant manuscripts of Southern Italy. She is currently MaĂ®tre de conferences in medieval music at the Sorbonne University in Paris. As a vocalist, she also performs in major international festivals with the ensembles Sequentia and Alla Francesca.
She spent a semester as visiting lecturer and directed a gregorian chant schola at Harvard University. In 1998 she founded a chant performance program at the University of Limerick in Ireland. With Benjamin Bagby, director of the ensemble Sequentia, she is invited to several universities in the United States and Canada as a teacher and resident artist (Vancouver, Harvard). She has emerged as an important international speaker about medieval chant performance and publishes articles in specialized reviews worldwide.
In 2002 she was artistic advisor at the Early Music Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands.