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Kati Debretzeni

Born in Transylvania, Kati Debretzeni studied the violin with Ora Shiran in Israel, and the Baroque violin with Catherine Mackintosh and Walter Reiter at the Royal College of Music in London. 

Since the year 2000 she has led the English Baroque Soloists under the direction of Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and her playing can be heard on their recordings of the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage (SDG).  In 2008 she was appointed one of the leaders the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, with whom she has often appeared as soloist, directing and leading the orchestra in performances in the UK and Europe. 

Kati has recorded numerous chamber music CDs with the ensembles Florilegium (Channel Classics), Ricordo (Linn Records) and Trio Goya (Chandos).  Additionally, she features as soloist on two versions of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, one with the European Brandenburg Ensemble under Trevor Pinnock (Avie Records - Gramophone Award 2008) and the other with the English Baroque Soloists (SDG).  Her most recent recording is Vivaldi's Four Seasons with the OAE (Signum), which appeared this Spring to critical acclaim.

Over the last few years, Kati has been invited to direct various ensembles in Israel, Canada, Norway, Poland, Iceland and the UK. She currently teaches the Baroque and Classical violin at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague and is an Artistic Adviser to the York Early Music Festival.