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