Since 2002, five young female guitarists from Austria, Hungary and Germany have been enchanting a steadily growing international audience with their sensitive musical interplay and virtouso performances.
Thanks to their unusual line-up the quintet consists of an octave guitar (Krisztina Dobó), three concert guitars (Olga Dimitrova, Maria Benischek, Réka Mihalovics) and acoustic bass guitar (Caroline Auer) - and their original arrangements, the ensemble is breaking new ground in the genre of classical guitar music. They create a refreshingly original sound which gives a new dimension to popular classical works as well as less well known compositions. It is characterized by a wealth of musical colour and an orchestral density which is rarely heard.
The members of the ensemble are also responsible for almost all of the arrangements, which combine cleverly balanced voicings with an airy transparency and make ingenious use of the entire range of playing techniques including percussive effects. Gitarrissima were among the prizewinners at the international guitar contest ?Open Strings 2002? in Osnabrück (Germany) and have performed in Germany, England, Luxemburg, Croatia, Austria, Hungary and Turkey as well as appearing in various TV productions.
Born in 1977 in Budapest, she got her first guitar-lessons at the age of eight years.
1990-95 she attended the Batók Béla Music-Gymnasium in Budapest
1995-97 studies in Classical Guitar Performance at the Vienna Conservatory of Music with Heinz Wallisch. Since 1997 studies in Music Pedagogy and Classical Guitar with Melitta Heinzmann and Brigitte Zaczek at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. 2001 Bachelor of Arts with honours in Music Pedagogy
2004 Master of Arts with honours in Classical Guitar Performance.
She won prizes at the international competitions Szendrey-Karper László in Esztergom (H) und Nikita Koshkin in Rust (A) and attended master-classes with Thomas Müller Pering, Alvaro Pierri, Pavel Steidl und Hopkinson Smith.
Krisztina plays an octave-guitar by Hartmut Hegewald (D).
Born 1980 in Bulgaria, she got her first guitar lessons at the age of eight. 1993-1998: Music gymnasium in Plovdiv, graduate with excellence Awarded at international competitions for classical guitar in Plovdiv: 1st price in 1994, 2nd in 1995 and 1st in 1996. Since 1999: study of classical guitar at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with o.Univ.-Prof. Konrad Ragossnig and Alexander Swete. 2006: 1st diploma with excellence. Starting with Gitarrissima in June 2006. Attendance at several master classes
Olga plays a Guitar by: George Ziata (Australia)
Born 1976 in Melk, Austria. First guitar lessons at the age of six in Ybbs. Successfully participated numerous regional and federal contests e.g. "Jugend musiziert". Started preparatory studies as a regular at the age of eleven in the university of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with Prof. Konrad Ragossnig and his assistant Eugenia Kanthou. From 1994 regular studies of Music Pedagogy and Classical Guitar Performance with Prof. Konrad Ragossnig 1999 Bachelor of Arts with honours in Music Pedagogy. 2001 Master of Arts in Classical Guitar Performance
Starting with Gitarrissima in October 2004. Master-classes with Alexander Swete, Heinz Wallisch, Walter Haberl and Richard Pilkington. Guitar by: Alkis Efthimiadis (greek)
Born 1981 in Budapest, she got her first guitar-lessons at the age of nine.
1996-2001 she attended the Bartók Béla Music-Gymnasium in Budapest.
Awarded at the following competitions: 1994 3rd price in the national competition, 1996 1st price in the Hungarian national competition, 2000 2nd price conservatory competition.
Attended several guitar festivals and master classes. Since 2001 studies in Classical guitar at the Vienna Univerity of Music and Performing Arts with o.Univ.-Prof. Walter Würdinger and o.Univ.-Prof. Brigitte Zaczek 2005 first diploma
Guitar by: Karl-Heinz Römich (Germany)
Born in Steyr, Austria in 1978, she started playing guitar at the age of ten.
1997-2001: Studies in Classical Guitar with Melitta Heinzmann at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna
2001: Bachelor of Arts with honours in Music Pedagogy
2001-2005: Further studies in Classical Guitar Performance with Walter Würdinger
2005: Bachelor of Arts with honours in Classical Guitar Performance
2005: Master of Arts with honours in Music Pedagogy
Attendance at several master classes and guitar festivals
Since 2006: PhD studies at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz
Lecture for "Mental Training" at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz
Caroline plays a ?Carl Hellweg & Dieter Hopf? acoustic-bass.