Founded in 2006 by Katja Pitelina and Reiko Tsuiki, flute duo Kaleidoscope performs repertoire spanning more than three centuries from the Baroque period to the present day.  Using many different flutes from different periods and regions, Kaleidoscope captures the individual voice of each piece as the composers intended, bringing a unique voice and authenticity to audiences that is out of the reach of many ensembles.

Throughout the centuries, flute builders used different types of materials and key systems to achieve their needs, and the sound often changed from instrument to instrument and period to period.  French Baroque repertoire favoured the authentic Hotteterre flute, which surprises listeners with its mild and sonorous timbre. Modern music requires a completely different, more brilliant sound.  Similarly, classical and romantic compositions are most convincing when played on instruments specific to those periods.

Katja and Reiko were first traditionally trained in modern flute, Katja at Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatoire and Reiko at the Toho Gauken School of Music in Japan.  Following this they immersed themselves in the art of historical performance and Early Music under Barthold Kuijken at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, which they completed separately with distinction. Both much sought-after musicians, they perform in leading baroque orchestras throughout Europe and Japan while also pursuing active solo and chamber music careers.

Just as the multi-coloured pieces of glass in a kaleidoscope produce beautiful and unique patterns, so do the different-sounding flutes used by Kaleidoscope.  During their performances Reiko and Katja create musical miniatures which embark listeners on a unique journey through time.  By accompanying their playing with the stories and catchy anecdotes behind each composition and instrument, Reiko and Katja also engage with their audience, providing a far richer experience than a typical concert and ensuring that a performance from Kaleidoscope is something not easily forgotten.