Duo Bilitis: two harps and voice

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Even the duo is not a duo. It is the two of them, it is the three of them. Depending on what’s needed. Duo Bilitis (named after the `Musique de scene pour les Chansons de Bilitis` by Claude Debussy) has made a name for themselves since their establishment in 2004, by their remarkable line-up, captivating and talked-about programs and intense interplay. Besides their passion for the same instrument the harpists Eva Tebbe and Ekaterina Levental also share a musical mentality; they gladly seek new adventures and avoid concessions and compromises. Ekaterina Levental’s double-role gives the duo an unique position within chamber music circles and music festivals at home and abroad. Duo Bilitis’ substantial repertoire includes 20th century music and contemporary music, with a special focus on thematic concert programs and collaborations with theatre and dance. Composers such as Jeff Hamburg, Chiel Meijering, Boudewijn Tarenskeen, Daan Manneke, Oene van Geel, Rene Samson, Huba de Graaff, Gerard Beljon, Joost Kleppe and Lowell Dijkstra have written for the duo. ! The duo performed at renowned venues, theatres and concert halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, The Tenth World Harp Congress, De Doelen in Rotterdam, Vredenburg in Utrecht, Varna International Music Festival (Bulagria), Hortus Festival and Ruttihubeliade Festival (Switserland) Mosel Musik Festival 2011(Germany, Luxembourg) and the International Music Festival in Baku (Azerbejian). Their new project is the music theatre programme 'Un ballet realiste' about Jean Cocteau. Performed and created by Duo Bilits, Anouk Sturtewagen and Chris Koolmees. Produced by De Bijloke in Gent (2013). They released their debut CD Le Jardin Feerique at Brilliant Classics/Foreign Media, which is being sold worldwide. Their new CD ‘L’ Heure Espagnole’ was very well received: “This known repertoire starting a new life with a touch of recognition as well as estrangement: it’s wonderful” - Lex Bohlmeijer. Duo Bilitis won the international chamber music competition in Almere, Holland, the fifth edition of the UITMARKT chamber music competition in Amsterdam and is finalist of the International Jewish Music  Competition 2010. Ekaterina and Eva are gifted with extraordinary musicality, professionalism and dedication. Because of the interesting combination of their ensemble and their stunning performance capacities, they manage to captive any audience. Not only should I describe a concert of the Duo as moving, but they bring a sense of humor to their performances as well. Emmy Verhey, concert violinist

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