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Studio Katharco

Direction: Marco Ambrosini & Katharina Dustmann

The team of Katharco Studio composes and produces individual music for films, radio plays and theater as well as sound compositions for interdisciplinary, architectural space design.

As musicians, they have been working as soloists for more than 30 years in various ensembles of early music, classic, jazz and contemporary music. The "old" classical and traditional music form a central mainstay of the composers, but aesthetic interlinking between traditional and new digital media seem to merge the boundaries of different types of music.

They have composed (and realized) the complete music and sound impressions for many multimedia productions "Illumina" in public parks on behalf of Euroga 2000plus, for the staging of the gasometer at the event "Extraschicht", for the appointment of the coal-mine “Zeche Zollverein” as “World Heritage” by the UNESCO and for industrial premises “IndustrieRäume” on behalf of the foundation for the care industrial monuments and culture of history “Stiftung Industriedenkmalpflege und Geschichtskultur”. They also composed the film music for "piano piano" and "AquaLumina" the theater music for “Boul (Cirque du Soleil)”, “Der kleine Narr” (Kai Jordens), Dante Alighieri's "Divine Comedy", “Compania Megusta” (premiered at concert hall, Vienna) and the musical journey "the Return of Marco Polo" (premiered at the Alte Oper Frankfurt and performed again in the concert hall, Hamburg).

The light and sound production in the quarry “Prangenhaus” was honoured with the “Event Award 2004”. In this production Studio Katharco created the world's first multimedia multi-channel playout over a lake with a diameter of more than 800m.

Many international, inter-media projects characterize the multifaceted repertoire of the two exceptional composers who, since the founding of the company in 1991, are an inspirational team with a distinctive artistic style.
Marco Ambrosini

Born in Forlì (Italy), now living in Germany. He studied violin, viola, music theory, music history and composition in Ancona and Pesaro. In 1983, he founded, together with Peter Rabanser the ensemble Oni Wytars. Since 1991, he performs as a soloist and composer in various ensembles for early- and contemporary music. He has recorded lots of CD’s and own compositions.

Artistic Director of two European Grundtvig-Projects: „CADENCE – Cultural ADult Education and Nyckelharpa Cooperation in Europe“ (2009-2010, the project was honoured as an example of "best practice" of a Grundtvig learning partnership) and "ENCORE – European Nyckelharpa Cooperation – ORchestral Experience" (2013)
Teaching and workshops: Scuola di Musica Popolare di Forlimpopoli (IT), Academy Burg Fürsteneck (DE) Workshops and master classes: Musikhochschule Trossingen (DE), Escuela Superior de Musica, Artes e Espectáculo do Porto (PT) and University of Nanchang (China).

Artistic Director of the Summer Master Classes for Early Music in Bertinoro, Italy, in co-operation with the Fondazione Alma Mater (IT), Musikhochschule Trossingen (DE) & the Konservatorium Wien (AT).
Katharina Dustmann

Born in Bad Oeynhausen (Germany). Specialized in Mediterranean percussion and sound design. After studying historical woodwind instruments she specialized in Oriental and Mediterranean percussion.

She learned classical Persian Zarb and Italian Tamburello, Arabic Darabukka and other percussion styles, and completed the master-class at the "Bayerische Musikakademie" with Glen Velez (USA) in frame drums.

In 1988, she founded the "Katharco Early Music Consort" and performs as a soloist in ensembles such as "Ensemble Oni Wytars", "Syn.de", "Ensemble Kapsberger", René Clemencic, "Armonico Tributo"(A), Ensemble Lule (E), "Unicorn", "Accentus" (A), "Els Trobadors"(Spain), Rias Kammerchor, Ars Choralis Köln und Grete Pedersen-Projekt.

She studied recording engineering and sound design and founded 1986 the Studio Katharco together with Marco Ambrosini.

She composes and produces individual film music, audio book music, theatre music and sound compositions for various disciplines-, architectural- and room orchestration.

Since 1994 she holds regular courses, workshops and master classes in all these subjects all over the world.


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