Duo Kitharsis is an active Romanian guitar duo featuring Alexandra Petrișor and Dragoș Horghidan, who have been performing together since 2009. After successfully graduating as solo artists from the Faculty of Music Performance at The National University of Music, Bucharest, under the guidance of their guitar professor, Lecturer Cătălin Ștefănescu-Pătrașcu, PhD, they pursued their master’s degree as a guitar duo at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart with Duo Kaltchev, Ivo and Sofia Kaltchev.
Since 2013, they have been studying at Conservatoire de Strasbourg under the guidance of one of the most well-known guitar duos in the world, Duo Melis: Alexis Muzurakis and Susana Prieto.
Duo Kitharsis have performed with distinction at the following competitions:
1st Prize at the XX Ciutat d'Elx Guitar Festival Chamber Music Competition in Spain
1st Prize at IX. Transilvania International Guitar Competition, Cluj Napoca (Romania) 2011.
2nd Prize at X. European Classical Guitar Competition"Enrico Mercatali", Gorizia (Italy) 2013.
Prize "Champagne Mailliard" at 28th European Chamber MusicCompetition, Paris (France) 2014.
1st Prize at V. "Drumul spre celebritate" Competition, Bucharest (Romania) 2014.
1st Prize at VII. "Concorso di Esecuzione Musicale 'Città di Piove di Sacco'", Padova (Italy) 2014.
1st Prize at II "Concorso Internazionale di Esecuzione Musicale", Castel Ritaldi (PG) (Italy) 2014.
"Grand Prix" at IX. "International Guitar Course & Competition", Olsztyn (Poland) 2014.
Duo Kitharsis has been invited to perform among international artists in guitar festivals such as: Transilvania International Guitar Festival (Cluj-Napoca, Romania), Terra Siculorum (Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania) and Hibernal de Chitară(Bucharest, Romania), Olsztyn Guitar Festival (Olsztyn, Poland). In addition to giving concerts in some of the most important Romanian halls such as: The Romanian Atheneum, Șuțu Palace, Mogoșoaia Palace, Cantacuzino Palace, Peleș Castle, Bran Castle, the Duo have also performed in the world renowned “George Enescu International Festival” in 2011.
In 2014, the third edition of the extraordinary tour "Music in Romania's Palaces" featured Duo Kitharsis as the protagonists. The concerts were held at Mogoșoaia Palace, Marincu Palace, PeleșCastle, and proved to be a great success among the classical music lovers. Also, in 2014, Duo Kitharsis performed in the "Nouveaux Talents" series held at the The Auditorium - Cité de la musique et de la danse in Strasbourg.
Duo Kitharsis made their debut in Paris in 2015, at the Hôtel de Soubise - Archives nationales in the concert series organized by the "Jeunes Talents" Association. They played Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's "Concerto for two guitars and orchestra" in national premiere with the National Radio Bucharest Orchestra. Duo Kitharsis has been invited to give concerts on international stages in Germany, France, Italy and Poland.
Both members of Duo Kitharsis perform on instruments made by the Romanian guitar luthier, Alexandru Marian.