This unique ensemble of five young female guitarists from Bulgaria, Hungary, Russia, Japan and Austria have been enchanting a steadily growing international audience with their sensitive musical interplay and virtuoso performances. In 2014 they won 3rd Prize and the special Audience Prize at the 3rd International Competition for Guitar Ensembles in Aschaffenburg, Germany, impressive proof of their musicality when they excited both the professional jury and the audience with their performances.
Thanks to their unusual line-up - the quintet consists of an octave guitar (Olga Dimitrova), three concert guitars (Réka Mihalovics-Zottmann, Antonina Ovchinnikova and Ayako Kaisho) and an acoustic bass guitar (Emily Smejkal) - and their original arrangements, the ensemble is breaking new ground in the genre of classical guitar music. They create a refreshingly original sound which gives a new dimension to popular classical works as well as less well known compositions. The Quintet is characterized by a wealth of musical colour and an orchestral density which is rarely heard. One former member of the ensemble, Krisztina Groß Dobó is responsible for almost all of the arrangements, which combine cleverly balanced voicings with an airy transparency and make ingenious use of the entire range of playing techniques including percussive effects.
The current line-up inherits the legacy of Gitarrissima, which was founded and built with a devotion and love to the music and to the guitar over the past fifteen years. Soon after formation in the year 2001, they were Prize-winners at the International Guitar competition "Open Strings" 2002 in Osnabrük, Germany, which led them to performances in Germany, Austria, Taiwan, China, Luxemburg, Italy, England, Croatia, Hungary, Mexico, Estonia and Turkey.