Duo Alto is the result of a renewed encounter - flutist Anat Nazarathy and saxophone player Noa Mick first met as infants in the United States. Their paths separated after a few years and crossed again while serving together in the IDF orchestra. Eventually, their life journeys led them to meet as students at the Basel Academy of Music, where they founded Duo Alto in 2016. The duo focuses on interpreting contemporary music, exploring the range of possibilities in this special combination of instruments and creating an opportunity to expand the repertoire. In addition, the duo explores new approaches to integrate theatrical elements in its performances. The duo aspires to engage the audience of contemporary music in an intriguing and stimulating manner.
Anat graduated with her first master's degree at the Music Academy of Lucerne, Switzerland, and obtained her BA at the Jerusalem Academy of Dance and Music, Israel. Anat is also a graduate of the Meitar Ensemble's “Tedarim” internship program for outstanding young musicians in contemporary music.
Noa graduated from the Pole Supérieure program at the Boulogne Billancourt Conservatory in Paris and the Sorbonne University and obtained her master's degree at the Music Academy of Basel, Switzerland.
Both Anat and Noa were granted with prestigious scholarships such as the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship, the Siday Fellowship from the Jerusalem Institute of Contemporary Music, and more. They are active members of various contemporary music ensembles and are performing throughout Europe, collaborating with young composers of their generation. They participated in international contemporary music festivals in Germany, Switzerland, Estonia, Spain, Austria, France and Israel.
The duo has worked with leading musicians in the new music field, such as the saxophone player Marcus Weiss, flutist Eva Fuhrer, conductor Bas Wiegers, the dancer Gabi Mahler and Composer-Percussionist Jean-Pierre Drouet.