Kateřina GhannudiHistorical harps
Born in Prague where she studied the harp and the Bohemian “hacken-harfe” with Jana Střížková. After completing her Master degree with full honors in Cultural studies from Charles University in Prague, she has dedicated herself to mastering early harps and in 2008 she relocated to Verona to further her studies with Loredana Gintoli at the F.E. Dall’Abaco Conservatory of Verona, where she graduated with honors in 2012. In 2016 she graduated also in baroque singing from “G. Briccialdi” Institute for Musical Studies in the class of Gloria Banditelli.
Her performing career includes both soloist and chamber music projects, as well as collaborations with several orchestras and ensembles specialized in a historically informed performance. She regularly performs as a singer-harpist with Quintana (duo founded in 2010 together with lute player Ilaria Fantin), In Cordis Ensemble, harpsichordist Monika Knoblochová, Laus Veris (medieval music), and as a basso continuo player with La Folia Barockorchester, Collegium 1704, Cappella Mariana & Czech Ensemble Baroque.
She has taken part in many renowned music festivals including: Early music festival Jaroslaw, Wratislavia Cantans, Musica Credomatic (Costa Rica), Fundación J. March Madrid, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Rheingau Musik Festival, Uckermärkische Musikwochen, Summer Festivities of Early Music Prague, Femas Sevilla, De Bijloke Gent, Al Bustan Festival (Lebanon), Festival Radovljica, BaRoMus (Croatia), Teatro Olimpico di Vicenza, Bolzano Festival, Carpino Folk festival (Italy), Fora do lugar (Portugal)… As a harpist she accompanied famous singers such as Gloria Banditelli, Roberta Invernizzi, Regula Mühlemann, Hana Blažíková & Pino de Vittorio.
She has recorded various cds of early music for Glossa, Supraphon, This Play Classic and Arta. Most recent releases have included Alessandro della Ciaia – Lamentationi, Venice 1650 (Roberta Invernizzi & Laboratorio’600, 2016), Queens – Opera Arias by Handel (Roberta Invernizzi & Accademia Hermans, 2017) & I canti dell’altalena (Quintana, 2017). Kateřina has also taken part in the project “Voci – Storie di donne, mistiche, visionarie” performed in duo with Patrizia Bovi and in a special concert for 450 years of Antegnati organ in Mantova during Gaude Beata Barbara festival in trio with Gloria Banditelli and Gabriele Catalucci. Currently she is playing in Henry Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas in the National Theatre of Brno (conductor Václav Luks). In addition to early music, Kateřina is devoted to an interesting research on traditional music of Mediterranean area and on Czech folk songs played on Bohemian harp. She also teaches and organizes seminars about historical and celtic harps.
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About The Class
Students with any kind of harp and interest in repertoire from Middle Ages to Baroque are welcome. Please, state the kind of the instrument you are coming with (gothic, renaissance, double, triple baroque harp, folk-harp) in the application. According your interest and instrument we will deal with music and technique of the respective period. In case of baroque harp, we can deal also with the basics of basso continuo and the Spanish harp-tablature.
Any repertoire applicable to harp, starting from Middle Ages to Baroque, e. g. Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz, Diego F. de Huete, G. M. Trabaci, A. Mayone, G. Frescobaldi, G.Caccini, C. Monteverdi, J. Dowland, H.Purcell…
Students are gently asked to come with music they would like to work on.