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Katalin Koltai and Hope Cramsie play work by women composers including two new IGF commissions by Electra Perivolaris, Florence Anna Maunders and Louise Drewett.
Katalin Koltai is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, soloist, and chamber musician, performing regularly with major orchestras and constant champion of contemporary music. She records for North/South Recordings, Naxos, Hungaroton and Genuin.
Katalin gained degrees from the Budapest Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Royal Conservatory of Bruxelles, and the Conservatorium Maastricht, taught by József Eötvös, Antigoni Goni, Raphaella Smits, Carlo Marchione, and José María Gallardo Del Rey. She is a PhD researcher at the International Guitar Research Centre, University of Surrey. Since the autumn of 2018, she focuses on guitar transcription and new music for guitar supervised by Steve Goss and Tom Armstrong. She invented a new magnet capo system and a new guitar prototype. As a researcher, she published in Soundboard Scholar, Lute Society of America Quarterly, Bloomsbury Academic and gave talks at GFA Convention, 21st Century Guitar Conference Portugal, Dublin Guitar Symposium. Currently a FASS Scholarship Holder, Katalin is a former fellow of the Dutch Cultural Ministry and winner of the Hungarian Junior Prima Prize.
Hope Cramsie (YAP)
Having started guitar lessons at the age of 11, Hope soon began attending the junior course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama until she moved to London where she is currently in her third year of undergraduate study at the Royal College of Music. Having spent the last semester studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen with Jesper Sivebæk, she now continues her studies at the RCM with Gary Ryan and Chris Stell. In addition to her solo playing Hope regularly regularly explores chamber music in a duo with fellow RCM guitarist Zoe Barnett and collaborates in a more experimental bass and percussion trio also comprised of RCM students.