Annette Kruisbrink - Arlette Ruelens -
Maria Vittoria Jedlowski - Claudio Ballabio

Maria Vittoria Jedlowski
was born in Milan. She was awarded maximum marks for her guitar diploma at the Conservatory of Music in Parma under the guidance of E.Tagliavini. At the same time she graduated in painting at the Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. She has furthered her musical studies in particular with R. Chiesa and has performed in Europe, the USA, Egypt and Lebanon both as a soloist and with various chamber music groups. She is particularly interested in contemporary music and she has given many first performances of contemporary works together with the flautist Rose-Marie Soncini (Duo Duende) and with Claudio Ballabio in the guitar duo Les Divertissements. Many of the contemporary works she performs are dedicated to her and to her chamber music groups. She has broadcast on Italian, Swiss and Chinese radio and TV and has recorded nine CD's. As well as her activities as a concert artist, she has also given a great deal of attention to the methodology of music teaching, gaining a diploma in the Willems method. She currently teaches the guitar at the Conservatory of Music in Milan.

Claudio Ballabio
was born in Seveso and graduated in Milan with Antonio Barbieri. He has performed in Italy and given concert tours Lebanon, Germany, Austria and Holland. In 1985 he formed the duo Les Divertissement with Maria Vittoria Jedlowski (CDs Si l'on revait... and Divertimento a due) and, as well as giving concerts dedicated to single composers as a duo, they have also often appeared together as soloists in performances of concertos for two guitars and orchestra, (including first performances of the concertos by Francis Kleynjans, John Duarte and Sebastiano Cognolato). In 2000 and 2001 Claudio Ballabio toured Italy and Holland with the Naildance Guitar Quartet, playing music for guitar quartet written by contemporary composers At the moment, he is very much involved in performing a style of music which crosses the frontier between classical and jazz, both in collaboration with the flautist Giuliano Prada in the duo Warp and in collaboration with the jazz guitarist Franco Cerri. He teaches guitar at the “Scuola Musicale di Milano”.