Anne-Kathrin Gerbeth and Bernhard Dolch formed the DUO GUITARTES after the two of them had already enjoyed international success as soloists. They gave numerous concerts on European festivals and are among the few German guitarists of their generation who have been awarded prizes at renowned international competitions. They were awarded diplomas in the classes of Carlo Marchione, Joaquín Clerch and Tadashi Sasaki at the universities of Berlin (Hanns Eisler), Munich, Duesseldorf and Maastricht.
Along with interpretations of the established repertoire, they concentrated on the study of historical performance practice and premièred numerous contemporary compositions, among others at the “Berliner Philharmonie” and the ”Konzerthaus Berlin” – together with the Kuss Quartet. In addition to their academic studies, they also received instruction from lutenist Paul O ́Dette, the guitarists Pepe Romero and Leo Brouwer, as well as from Eberhard Feltz (mentor of the Kuss Quartet, the Vogler Quartet and the Chagall Quartet).
The two performers established DUO GUITARTES out of the desire to get off the beaten track. Their aim is to arrange significant and less known compositions from Baroque and Renaissance music for two guitars so, that the enormous liveliness and emotional profundity of this music is awakened to new life through the possibilities offered by modern instrumental technique.
A further central concern for DUO GUITARTES is premièring contemporary compositions, thus contributing to the further development of the repertoire for classical guitar. Meanwhile many composers dedicated works to DUO GUITARTES.
In addition, they also interpret the established repertoire as well as their own arrangements of lesser-known works of all eras.
DUO GUITARTES performs regularly on international chamber music series and at international guitar festivals such as in Vienna, Girona or Markneukirchen.
Their first CD with works by J. S. Bach, G. Ph. Telemann and D. Scarlatti was released by ELM. Work is currently in progress on a further CD with contemporary compositions by Jacob Ter Veldhuis, Agustín Castilla-Ávila, Rüdiger Blömer and other composers.
Sheet music editions of the Concerto BWV 972 and three sonatas by D. Scarlatti were published by Acoustic Music Books.
Bernhard Dolch is lecturer in classical guitar at the University Cottbus-Spremberg.
“… The opening Scarlatti sonata already emphasises the fact that Gerbeth and Dolch have acquired a deep understanding of this music. Even with their virtuoso performance, the musicians are still mainly interested in giving an adequate interpretation of this music.” (Akustik Gitarre)
“ … the playing of soothing music. A balanced volume, a clear and distinct articulation and a lively yet unpretentious agogic are the characteristic features of the intimate interpretations given by Anne- Kathrin Gerbeth and Bernhard Dolch.
… a performance that is characterised by an ingenious technique and a balanced unique sound.” (Lipptädter Tageszeitung)