Biography

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Constance Allanic is a very versatile artist. Both as a musician and as a dancer, she is equally at home in the scholarly world of historically informed performance practice, as in oral traditions and folklore. Having completed her studies (BAMus) of the modern harp with Erika Waardenburg, she decided to specialize in period performance practice, studying historical harps with lutenist Mike Fentross and the viola da gamba with Anneke Pols. She was awarded her post-graduate diploma (viola da gamba) cum laude, for her research on the viola bastarda, an Italian type of viol in the twilight zone between the Renaissance and Baroque era.

As one of the rare players of baroque harps, Constance Allanic is in demand, both as a soloist and as a continuo player with groups such as the Nederlandse Bach Vereniging (where she has been playing the lirone too), Holland Baroque Society, Concerto Kölln and various German opera houses. During Lent (and the rest of the year too!) she can often be heard as a gambist, playing Bach's Matthaeus and Johannes passions, as well as other music. She plays chamber music, with groups such as Fala Música (music of the late Middle Ages) and Camerata Trajectina (early music from the Netherlands), Música Temprana (early music from Latin America) or accompanying singers such as Xenia Meijer. In 2003 she was, as a baroque harp soloist, one of the finalists in the famous Vriendenkrans competition of the Royal Concertgebouw.

Constance Allanic teaches historical harps at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and has taught masterclasses in various conservatories in the Netherlands and abroad. At the music school of Utrecht she teaches the viola da gamba, as well as the celtic and concert harp.

Being a passionate dancer, Constance decided to bring her dancing to a professional level when she was at an age where ballerina's start thinking about retirement. She studied Roma (Gypsy) dance with dr. Gusztáv Balázs and is now a fully fleged Roma dancer and dance teacher.