The Russian flautist Katja Pitelina, who has settled in the Netherlands, is a versatile musician. She plays both modern and historical instruments and has a remarkably broad repertoire, from seventeenth-century baroque music to contemporary compositions. From her collection of instruments she chooses the traverso or flute that best suits the work she performs.
Katja Pitelina can be heard in concert series and festivals in the Netherlands and abroad, as a soloist, in chamber music ensembles and in (baroque) orchestras. She has played with renowned musicians such as Gustav Leonhardt, Lucy van Dael, Bob van Asperen, Siebe Henstra and Barthold Kuijken. In April 2009 she played in the annual Queen's Day concert for the royal family in the Noordeinde Palace. In the 2008-2009 season she will give a series of concerts in The Hague and Amsterdam, with guitarist Johannes Möller and harpist Lavinia Meijer, among others. Her first solo CD is in preparation.
Katya Pitelina was born in Moscow. She started her education at the prestigious Gnessin Music School, where she first studied piano and later flute. She won several competitions for young musicians in Moscow and Athens. Because of her remarkable talent she received scholarships from the New Names Fund and from the well-known fund of Vladimir Spivakov, who gave her the opportunity to make an extensive tour through Siberia, where she performed several times as a soloist with orchestra. From 1999 to 2005, Katya Pitelina continued her studies at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. She was asked by the pianist Alexei Lubimov and the cellist Natalia Gutman to take chamber music courses with them.
From 2001 to 2008, Katja studied at the early music department of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where she completed her master's degree with Barthold Kuijken. There she also received lessons from Kate Clark and Wilbert Hazelzet and followed masterclasses from Benedek Csalog, Marten Root and Konrad Hünteler. During her studies she regularly received invitations to perform at festivals and concert series in the Netherlands and abroad.