Academy 17-23 July 2017

St George International Music Festival & Academy 2017

Festival 14-25 July 2017

Artists 2017

Katerina Kitsou - harp

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Katerina Kitsou - harp
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 fur Musik in Koln" 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 Koln" and of the "Ensemble fur 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 Gyorgy Kurtag under the baton of Peter Eotvos during the Musik - Triennale in Koln-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.
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