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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”. 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 and the Vogler 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 in a way, 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 several well known composers dedicated works to DUO GUITARTES, at last Joseph Phibbs (winner “British Composer Awards“).
In addition, they also interpret the established repertoire of all eras.

DUO GUITARTES offer a range of programmes which are either dedicated to a particular musical theme or epoch, or juxtapose compositions from the Renaissance, Baroque or Classical periods – linked by a unifying thematic idea – with works from the 20th and 21st centuries, for instance "Chr. W. Gluck and Neoclassicism", "Dances and Fugues", "Early Classic and Late Baroque", "The Guitar in the 21st Century" and "Heaven and Earth – music between the twin poles of spirituality and worldliness".

DUO GUITARTES performs regularly on well known chambermusic- and guitarfestivals such as in Stockholm, Vienna and Berlin. 

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 unpublished compositions by Jacob Ter Veldhuis, Joseph Phibbs, David Gorton, Alessandra Salvati, Nigel Clarke, Agustín Castilla-Ávila and other composers.

Sheet music editions of their arrangements or dedicated works were published by Acoustic Music Books, Ricordi-London and Trekel-Musikverlag.

Bernhard Dolch is lecturer in classical guitar at the university in Cottbus.

A discreet amplification system by Schertler is employed in halls where the acoustics are not adequate for the classical guitar.