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 abroad. 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.

Founding member of the AMALTHEA flute and harp Duo, Klio has performed for many years with harpist Siobhan Swider in Festivals and Concert Series  such as Brighton Festival, Deverills Festival, Hurst Festival, Adur Arts Festival, King's Lynn Music Society and St Luke's Concert Series. They have toured with various rural arts schemes such as Pound Arts in Wiltshire, Villages in Action in Devon and  Artsreach in Dorset.

Klio works regularly with cellist  Rebecca Hepplewhite in the U.K. and abroad both as part of the Persephone Ensemble as well as of bigger ensembles. Together with pianist Grace Mo, they will be giving a Trio concert at the Holkham Hall Estate / Marble Hall in October 2022 for the 6th Anniversary of Classical Music Rocks.

Founding member of LETO Ensemble with clarinettist Shelley Levy, they have recently been joined by pianist and contemporary music specialist Jane Beament, with whom they have been invited to give an important number of world premieres for New Music Brighton in 2022 and 2023. Her special interest in contemporary music has led her to give  numerous other 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. 

Klio is also involved in cross art projects; in 2017 she performed FANTASMATA, a multi-media performance, along with French sculptor and artist Laurence Louisfert,  actress Amanda Douge and visual artist Peter Carey, at the ASYLUM in London. This was  followed by another performance at the Peckham Arts Festival later in the year. Klio and Laurence have recently presented INTERCONNECTIONS ET DIALOGUES, a performance for solo flute and texts, for the inaguration of Louisfert's most recent exhibition Myselyum: nous sommes la nature,  at the church of the Chateau of Carrouges in Normandie, France. 

With a passion for her educational work, Klio is professor of flute and a chamber music coach at the Thomas's Day School and the Blackheath High School in London. She also specialises in the early years music education, having 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 and along with Grace Mo -with whom she toured regularly for the Bach to Baby children's concert series -  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.

In 2019 Klio became Creative Director for Classical Music Rocks,  a Charity set up by Peter Barker; its aim is to bring high quality live classical music to primary schools in Norfolk and financially accessible concerts in the community, led by international musicians. She is working along with the Chair in developing and expanding CMR's educational program and regurlarly tours there with her different ensembles. https://www.cmrschoolswestnorfolk.com/





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