Ensemble Villancico, founded in 1995 and conducted by Peter Pontvik, is currently regarded worldwide as one of the most important interpreters of early music from Latin America. In its interpretive vitality and first-rank musical capabilities, the ensemble unites the recognized quality of Nordic voices, specialized instrumentalists and dancers and the colorful spirit of Latin American baroque music.

Ensemble Villancico has presented hundreds of concerts in some thirty countries in Europe and Latin America in programs featuring the Early World Music, maily the repertoire of the Latin American baroque and early music from the Nordic countries. The ensemble has performed in festivals such as Tage für Alte Musik Herne, Mozart Festival Augsburg, Festival Cervantino (Mexico), Prague Spring Festival, York Early Music Festival, Misiones de Chiquitos (Bolivia), Malta Baroque Festival and Vantaa Baroque Festival. It also has done international concerts on television and radio on repeated occasions and has released nine CDs.

Villancico has received the Ivan Lucacic Prize in Croatia, and its CD “Hyhyhy – the New Jungle Book of the Baroque” was nominated for the Swedish Grammis Recording Prize