The ensemble Eliá draws on the musical traditions of its musicians Andrés Rosales (Guitar), Eleanna Pitsikaki (Kanun), Johanna-Leonore Dahlhoff (Flute/Quena) and Youssef Laktina (Percussion) and plays, among other things, cross-genre original compositions with Latin American and Arabic influences as well as contemporary, transcultural arrangements of traditional songs from the Mediterranean region.

Andrés Rosales studied jazz guitar and composition in Colombia and the USA. He is a guitarist and tiple player in the Bridges Kammerorchester, composer and winner of the Young Composers’ Competition of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia. In addition to his international concert and composition activities, Andrés Rosales writes arrangements and compositions for the NDR and the Bridges Kammerorchester, among others. As a composer, he has worked with the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia and orchestras from Buenos Aires and has performed on stage with major representatives of the Latin American scene. His compositions La Suite and Sendero – Camino en viento salvaje have appeared on the albums of the Bridges Kammerorchester Identigration and Complementarity.

Eleanna Pitsikaki is a kanun player and studied world music in Mannheim and jazz improvisation at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. She is a founding member of the Bridges Kammerorchester and a member of the Bridges ensembles Balkan Fuego Trio, Noor Jazz Quartet, Eliá, Lel and RIZA. As an expert in transcultural music education, she also plays in the music education ensemble Tiny Bridges and leads the Bridges Sessions. She works as a composer and arranger for the Bridges Kammerorchester and for other musical projects, including her band EPI Music. Eleanna Pitsikaki also teaches, for example at the Hochschule für Musik Mainz since 2024 and at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln from 2023 to 2024.

Johanna-Leonore Dahlhoff has been the artistic director of Bridges – Musik verbindet in Frankfurt since 2016 and founded the Bridges Kammerorchester together with Anke Karen Meyer in 2019. She studied flute in Hamburg and Hanover and music therapy in Berlin. Johanna-Leonore Dahlhoff is an alumna of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, the DAAD and the Robert Bosch Stiftung and was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra. On her concert tours as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician to numerous countries around the world, it is always important to her to get to know the musical traditions of the respective host country. Since 2015, she has also been active as a composer and arranger, including for the Bridges Kammerorchester.

Youssef Laktina is a multi-percussionist and specializes in frame drums and percussion instruments from the Mediterranean region. He has been studying percussion at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg in Mannheim since 2018. In 2022 he won the Tamburi Mundi award for young aspiring frame drummers. Well versed in a wide variety of musical styles, Youssef Laktina composes and arranges stylistically diverse music for his trio Syncope (kanun, oud, percussion) and for Bridges Ensembles. He is a founding member of the Bridges Kammerorchester as well as a member of the Bridges ensembles Eliá and Tiny Bridges, the ensemble Colourage of the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and the cross-genre band collective Niribu Natives in Mannheim.


Andrés Rosales Guitar
Eleanna Pitsikaki Kanun
Johanna-Leonore Dahlhoff Flute/Quena
Youssef Laktina Percussion

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