Kirstin Niederstraßer (saxophone) and Violina Petrychenko (piano) met in 2011 as scholarship holders of the Anna Ruths Foundation and, united by their enthusiasm for chamber music, established the Duo Kiol in the same year. Both had already gained before a huge experience in chamber music and also performed with other ensembles. They graduated with the master’s degree from the Hochschule für Musik Köln and as a duo won a concert scholarship from the Werner Richard-Dr. Carl Dörken Foundation in 2012 as well as the Folkwang Prize 2014. The young duo has already been admitted with the highest mark to the Folkwang University of Arts Essen and currently is studying chamber music in the Master‘ s programme with Evgueni Sinaiski. Both musicians are prize winners of numerous national and international competitions (German Music Competition, European Music Prize for Youth a.o.). They recorded at several dutch and german radio and television stations and regularly play concerts throughout Europe. Their repertoire is very diverse and includes transcriptions and original works from the baroque and romantic period as well as varied modern and contemporary works.