Hungarian flutist Anita Farkas and Peruvian guitarist Juan Carlos Arancibia Navarro met during their studies at the music college, “Hochschule für Musik Detmold”. In 2008 they began to play as a duo and have already achieved several prizes and awards, revealing the high quality of the ensemble.
The artists’ repertoire includes transcriptions, as well as original works for guitar and flute ranging from the classical period up to contemporary music, a programmatic mixture that is partly unusual but also fascinating to the audience. That must be a reason why the ARIE DUO has been invited to play in many cities around Germany. Their virtuosity is best seen in their ability to play the instrument as well as in the congruence to make music. In autumn 2010 they received the main award of the competition ‘Open Auditions’ by the radio station ‘Westdeutsche Rundfunk’.
Specialised journalists mentioned recently: “fabulous playing technique” and “Concerts that will not be forgotten in short time”. (Ruhrnachrichten, January 2011)
In 2013 the Duo got the 3rd Price at the "Gehrard Vogt Competition" in Schweinfurt and the 2nd Price at the "Leopold Bellan" Chamber Music Competition in Paris, France.
Anita Farkas is one of the most outstanding flutists of her generation. Critics have praised the young prize-winning Hungarian for her "enormous virtuosity and variety of sounds."
Anita Farkas together with her musical family, moved to Turkey when she was a child. There she studied at "Anadolu University" and later at the Music Academy with Özlem Kocigit. In 2004 she moved to Detmold, Germany, to continue her studies with Prof. János Bálint. Here she completed her Artistic Diploma, and will finish the Konzertexamen at the end of 2011.
In addition to her career as a soloist, this talented musician has been a grad student in the Masters Program at the Orchestra Centre NRW in Dortmund since 2009.
While still studying in Turkey, Anita won the 1st Prize at the Anadolu University Competition (solo category). Her experiences at international master classes helped her to achieve big success at the 4th International Flute Competition in Krakow, receiving the 2nd Prize (1st Prize was not awarded). One year later she won 1st prize at the DAAD Competition of the Detmold Music Academy. That same year she received a "Wagner-Stipendium," and in 2011 was awarded the "Förderpreis Musik" by the "Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Westfälischen Kulturarbeit."
Juan Carlos Arancibia Navarro
Juan Carlos Arancibia Navarro is one of the most active peruvian guitarists of his generation.
In 1998 he started to play the guitar and by 2001 was accepted to the National Conservatory of Lima, where he studied with Oscar Zamora. One year later he won 2nd Prize at the “Vivace Guitar Competition” in Lima. During his time in Perú he performed as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, was a member of the “Early Music Ensemble“ of the Conservatory and was also a member of the “Aranjuez Guitar Quartet”, one of the most important chamber music groups of Perú, performing in the biggest halls in Lima. In 2005 won 1st Prize at the National Guitar Competition in Arequipa.
In 2006 he moved to Germany to study with Prof. Thomas Kirchhoff at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold. Upon finishing his studies with very high marks (Diplom), he was accepted to Konzertexamen which he studied with Prof. Dale Kavanagh and finished in July 2012 with honours. The same year he started a Master in Chamber Music at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf with Prof. Joaquín Clerch.
Since coming to Germany, the young Peruvian guitarist has also received numerous awards and prizes. In 2008 he won the GWK Förderpreis Musik and in the same year received a scholarship from the Alumni-Verein of the Hochschule für Musik Detmold. In November 2010 he received the “International Prize for Young Artists” of the Volksbank Paderborn-Höxter-Detmold.
In 2009 Juan Carlos recorded his first CD with his quartet. “Café” is the Gitarist’s second production.
On July 2012 sent the WDR (German TV) one note about him "Der Ausnahmegitarrist" (The exceptional guitarist).