Violinist Kati Debretzeni is among the few players of Eastern European origin to advance to the highest levels of the historical performance scene. She is one of a group of rotating leaders of the conductorless Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in London. Debretzeni was born in Cluj-Napoca, in the Transylvania region of Romania, on February 24, 1971. She studied violin at the Liceul de Muzica "Sigismund Toduta" in Cluj-Napoca, until she was 15 when she moved to Israel. There she worked with violinist Ora Shiran, and she then went on for Baroque violin lessons at the Royal College of Music in London with Walter Reiter and Catherine Mackintosh. In 1997, she joined two of Britain's leading historical-performance groups: the English Baroque Soloists, led by John Eliot Gardiner, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Within three ...
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