BIOGRAPHY

Klio BlonzKlio began her studies in Greece. She continued with Catherine Cantin and Pierre Dumail at the Paul Dukas Conservatoire in Paris where she gained a Premier Prix at the U.C.E.M 92 flute competition. Meanwhile she completed an Aesthetics / Philosophy of Art Degree, at the Paris I - La Sorbonne University. She was then awarded a scholarship for Trinity College of Music where she successfully completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance and a Master in Music Degree in the classes of Alan Baker and Wissam Boustany. 

Since the beginning of her career Klio has performed extensively both as a soloist and ensemble player in the UK and aborad. She has been broadcast by BBC Radio 3 and has appeared in Festivals and Concert Series such as  Brighton Festival, Hurst Festival, Barnes Festival, Mayfield Festival, Prokofiev Festival, Peckham Arts Festival, Adur Arts Festival, Les Theophanies International Festival in the South of France, Festival of Dodekanison, Demetria Festival, Sani Festival, International Music Festival of Cyclades in Greece, the Blenheim Music Circle, Blackheath Halls Recitals,  the Villelongue Abbey International concert series in Carcassonne, France, Lincoln Music Club, St Luke's Music and Wine, Brighton to name but a few. She has performed in venues such as St John’s Smith Square,  Royal Festival Hall, Blackheath Halls, St James's Picadilly, St Martin-in-the-Fields, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts and the Foundling Museum in London amongst others.

Her special interest in contemporary music has led her to give numerous premieres internationally as well as to record and work with composers such as Evelyn Ficcara, Basil Athanasiadis, Neil Luckett, Chris Gander, Yoko Kubo, Ian Stewart, John Carmichael and Barry Mills. 

In 2015 Klio formed the AMALTHEA Duo with harpist Siobhan Swider with whom she has been busy since performing in Festivals and Concert Series - Brighton Festival, Deverills Festival, Hurst Festival, Adur Arts Festival, King's Lynn Music Society and St Luke's Concert Series - as well as touring around the U.K. with various rural arts schemes such as Pound Arts in Wiltshire, Villages in Action in Devon and  Artsreach in Dorset. 

She works with cellist  Rebecca Hepplewhite in the U.K. and abroad  both as part of Persephone Ensemble as well as of bigger ensembles and with clarinettist Shelley Levy for LETO Ensemble. She also performs regularly with pianist Grace Mo. In 2017 they took their program Tales Without Words at the Megaron Hall's International Chamber Music Series in Thessaloniki, Greece, receiving excellent reviews. while in the Autumn 2018 they were joined by violinist Fenella Humphreys to present  'A Musical Offering' at the Hanbury Weatlh Concert Series at Bishops Stortford and at St Luke's Concert Series in Brighton. Klio is also involved in cross art projects, her most recent one includes FANTASMATA, a collaboration with actress Amanda Douge, visual artist Peter Carey and sculptor Laurence Louisfert. They opened their first season at the ASYLUM in London in April 2017, followed by another performance at the Peckham Arts Festival in September 2017.

Klio is passionate about her educational work, she is professor of flute at the Thomas's Day School and the Blackheath High School in London. She also specialises in the early years music education and has worked extensively as an early years outreach project leader for Trinity College of Music, providing training for BMus Trinity students and delivering early years music workshops in schools, museums and children's centres. She has led successfully  the early years department at Blackheath Conservatoire for many years, developing the early years programme and delivering 'in house' as well as outreach teachers' training. Along with Grace Mo and Conservatoire's Head of Music Mairéad Sheerin they  devised and developed a special children's concert series, promoting classical music through story telling. Current and past projects incude The Nutcracker, Aesop's Fables and Alice in Wonderland.

Klio has recently became the Creative Director for Classical Music Rocks,  a Charity set up by Peter Barker,Chair,  which brings live classical music to primary schools in West Norfolk and financially accessible concerts lead by international musicians to Norfolk's community. She is working along with the Chair in developing and expanding CMR's educational program and regurlarly tours in the area with her different ensembles. Her latest, exciting, though non musical project , was redesigning CMR's website https://www.cmrschoolswestnorfolk.com/





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