RIZA means roots (Greek: Ρίζα) and stands for the origin of life, growth and further development. The ensemble musicians Nicola Vock (Double bass), Eleanna Pitsikaki (Kanun) and Johanna-Leonore Dahlhoff (Flute) reunite their roots and musical traditions in their own arrangements. Their varied repertoire includes works from the Mediterranean and Latin America as well as European classical music.

Nicola Pacha Vock studied orchestral music in Frankfurt and business administration at the University of Hagen. She is a freelance double bass player, a member of the Bridges Kammerorchester and the Bridges ensembles RIZA and Tiny Bridges and has been Head of Education and Community at the Bridges Kammerorchester since 2024. She also develops her own projects and works as a teacher in the school project “Response – New Music in Schools” at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt. Nicola Pacha Vock was managing director and part of the artistic management of the Kammerphilharmonie Frankfurt and taught at a school with a focus on language support from 2018 to 2021. She played in the Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester during a temporary contract and was a member of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie as well as a trainee in the orchestra of the Staatstheater Darmstadt.  

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.


Nicola Pacha Vock Double bass
Eleanna Pitsikaki Kanun
Johanna-Leonore Dahlhoff Flute

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