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Renée Allen

Renée AllenRenée Allen graduated from McGill University and played in L’Orchestre des Jeunes du Québec, the Québec Symphony Orchestra before moving to Germany to study natural horn with Hermann Baumann in 1981.  She played several years with the German opera orchestras of Mainz and Stuttgart before devoting herself to the natural horn and the F.M. Alexander Technique.  Difficult to describe, the Alexander technique is a method which teaches one to refine their overall body awareness by providing accurate “directions for use”.  A teacher of the technique for almost 20 years, Renée hopes to share with both her students and her audiences around the world, the lightness and spontaneity the technique brings to musical performance.  

Renée Allen has taught natural horn at the conservatories of Leipzig and Freiburg.  She plays regularly with Concerto Köln, and can be heard on many recordings with this ensemble as well as with other period orchestras; of note is the Heinichen Concerti recording with Musica Antiqua Köln and Rheinhard Goebel.

She currently plays with ensembles such as Anima Eterna (Jos van Immerseel), Concerto Copenhagen (Lars Ulrich Mortesen), Hannover Hofkapelle (Jörg Straube), Balthasar Neumann Ensemble (Thomas Henglebrock), La Petite Bande (Sigiswald Kuijken) and Opéra Fuoco (David Stern). Renée Allen recently presented her research on historical methods at the international Conference for Alexander Teachers working with musicians at the Guildhall School in London, England.

Renée will be performing on an Ignaz Lorenz natural horn made in Linz, Austria about 1860.