Katja Beisch (born 1969)

won 1999 the 2nd prize at the International competition for solo recorder in London.
In 1994 she founded along with the baroque cellist Doris Runge the ensemble "Il Dolcimelo", that specializes in the music of the 17th and 18th century, and regularly concertizes in Germany and abroad.
She had concert tours through Estonia, Brazil, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands and has been a guest at many Early Music festivals, like the Arolser Barockfestpiele 1997, the Stockstädter Musiktage 1998, 1999, 2002 and 2005, the Tage Alter Musik Osnabrück 1998 and 2001 and the ERTA-Congress 1997.
The Hessen Rundfunk (HR), the West-German Rundfunk (WDR) and the South-German Rundfunk (SWR) have produced recordings with her.

 

In 1997 "Il Dolcimelo" was finalist in the International Cpompetion for Early Music in Rovereto (Italy) and in 2000 they won the 1st prize in the International Biagio-Marini-Competition in Neuburg on the Danube.
With "Il Dolcimelo" Katja Beisch has produced three CDs:
"Affettuoso" with Italian Music of the early and high baroque (1997)
"Ffor severall ffriends" with English music of the 17th century (2000).
"Concerti grossi" with the concerti grossi op.6,1-6 of Arcangelo Corelli in the version for two recorders, violoncello and basso continuo, edited by Walsh in 1725 in London (2004, co-production with the WDR).

Besides her recorder playing she studies baroque oboe with Michael Niesemann.
As a recorder player and baroque oboist Katja Beisch participates regularly in diverse other ensembles, orchestras and CD projects, including "Collegium Cartusianum" and the "Johann Christian Bach Akademie".

She initially studied musical education with a major in recorder with Ursula Schmidt-Laukamp at the Musikhochschule Köln. She then went on to study a performance diploma with Prof. Günther Höller, where she finished her exam with excellence, and subsequently completed her 'Konzertexamen'. Further studies were at the Conservatory of Rotterdam (Netherlands) with Han Tol and at the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan (Italy) with Pedro Memelsdorff. She also participated in several masterclasses, amongst others with Walter van Hauwe.