The ensemble Musica Aeterna was established in 1973 by Professor Ján Albrecht. From 1989 onwards the ensemble has been using original instruments from the 17th and 18th centuries, or their copies. Its repertoire embraces European music from the early 17th century to the classic period. Rediscovered compositions of Slovak authors are presented in concerts and recordings of Musica Aeterna as well. Artistic director and leader is Peter Zajíček.
Musica Aeterna has been successfully cooperating with the Centre of Baroque Music in Versailles for several years, as well as with other foreign partners (Festival van Vlaanderen, Holland Festival of Early Music Utrecht, Festival Wiener Klassik, Carinthischer Sommer Villach, Days of Early Music Sopron, International Early Music Festival Prague, Bach Tage Berlin, Swedish Baroque Festival Malmö etc.).
Famous conductors and soloists, specialists in the field of Early Music, regularly appear with Musica Aeterna Bratislava (Alfredo Bernardini, Christophe Coin, Paul Colléaux, Richard Fuller, Enrico Gatti, Martin Gester, Paul Goodwin, Edward Higginbottom, John Holloway, Jan Kleinbussink, Catherine Mackintosh, Charles Medlam, Siegfried Pank, Andrew Parrott, Christophe Rousset, Olivier Schneebeli, Simon Standage, Melvyn Tan, John Toll).
Many of the more than 15 CD recordings were awarded prestigious international prizes, e.g. in 1994,1995 and 2002 the Diapason d’Or for the complete Concerti Grossi by Georg Muffat.
International critics highly acclaim the artistic results and musicianship of Musica Aeterna, considering it one if the leading Early Music ensembles in Europe.