The woman quartet “Amiche String Quartet” will present a different concert of classical music with harp accompaniment. The audience will also enjoy a harp in a solo. The Programme will include works by Louise Spohr, Claude Debussy and Arnold Bax. Amiche String Quartet:y: Ayse Karaoglan – Violin, Anna Wrobel – Violin, Ewa Bartmann – Viola, Miranda Papaneokleous – Cello. Katerina Kitsou from Greece will play the harp.
A few words about the musicians Amiche String Quartet The members of the Amiche string quartet have met on the island of Cyprus, where having put aside their cultural, religious and political differences they have formed a close friendship, and found their common language through the music that they perform.
The group had its debut over seven years ago at the Pancyprian Festival of Modern Composers. All four ladies are versatile musicians who for years have actively participated in the cultural life of Cyprus taking part in nearly all major music events, either giving solo concerts or performing in chamber ensembles. They are also members of the Cyprus Symphonic Orchestra.
As a group, they have successfully performed all over Cyprus as well as abroad. Apart from modern music their repertoire includes pieces from other periods, such as the baroque, romantic and classical. The name of the group comes from the Italian word meaning ‘friends’ and this is what they would like to be known as.
Katerina Kitsou Katerina Kitsou was born in Thessaloniki in 1979 and began her musical studies at the age of 8. She started studying the harp under Maria Bildea at the "State Conservatory of Thessaloniki" and continued at the same institute with Magda Ilieva. She graduated in 1998 with the highest grade and honor (Golden Medal). Katerina Kitsou plays the Violin as well. She began her studies at the "State Conservatory of Thessaloniki" under Konstantinos Patsalidis and continues with Dimitris Handrakis.
2001 she graduated at the "Hochschule für Musik in Köln" with the highest distinction - "sehr gut" and was chosen and accepted between 65 candidates to attend the soloistic class - "Konzertexamen" for Harp at the same Institute. Parallel to this she studies Chamber Music at the Conservatory of Rotterdam Holland, under Prof. V. Mendelssohn. Many famous Harpists have been her mentors: Ivan Roncea, Yolanda Kondonassis, Liana Pasquali, Han-An Liu, Helga Storck, Isabelle Moretti and Chandal Mathieu.
1991 was awarded in the National Competition H.O.N for Violin in Athens Greece.
1992 prize in the competition of "Graduate Foundation of the Conservatories in Northern Greece"
1999 prize in the Concorso Internationale di Esecuzione Strumentale e Vocale for Harp, "Associazione Rovere d' Oro" in Italy.
1997 she passed the preliminaries for the position of Harp, for the Youth Orchestra of the European Union and the Youth Mediterranean Orchestra in Marseilles.
1994 was chosen to perform the Haendel Concerto for Harp and Strings with the Orchestra of the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki. She has participated in many Concerts with the State Symphony Orchestra of Thessaloniki, in Goethe Institute, with the Chamber Opera of Thessaloniki, and the Symphony Orchestra of Volos performing at the Megaron-Athens City Hall. She is also member of "Jugend Kammeroper Köln" and of the "Ensemble für Neue Musik M.H.K.". Important to mention is the close cooperation with the famous Greek Composer J.Markopoulos.
2000, Katerina Kitsou was invited to perform works of György Kurtag under the baton of Peter Eötvös during the Musik - Triennale in Köln-Germany- the concert was recorded for the German Radio W.D.R. In the same year she performed the Concerto of Gabriel Pierne with the Orchestra of the University in Essen with great success. She performs intensively with Dimitris Kitsos preparing, at the time being, the Double Concerto for Oboe, Harp and of W.Lutoslawski.
Katerina Kitsou has being twice member of jury of the Competition "Jugend Musiziert" in Germany.