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Mariannig Larc’hantec

Mariannig Larc’hantec is Patron of Harpes au Max 2020.

She began playing the Celtic harp in 1963, in Telenn Bleimor. In 1965 she joined the classical harp class at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. In 1972, she opened France’s first Celtic harp class, at the ENM in Brest. She had to invent everything. This included the teaching material which, without hiding its cultural specificity, had to meet institutional criteria. She also created the curriculum, set repertoire, and so on. The Celtic harp had an identity and image that was unprecedented in conservatoires at the time. It therefore had to be legitimized, in the classical music environment.

Simultaneously, Mariannig Larc’hantec has pursued a career as a concert performer and composer. The latter was launched with the world premier of “Baleadenn an Ene”, a piece for Celtic harp, cor anglais and string orchestra commissioned by the City of Quimper (1982). With “Suite du Ponant”, commissioned by the CNR of Nantes for their Gold Medal competition, Mariannig Larc’hantec laid further foundations for the acceptance of lever harp repertoire.

She devotes a large part of her life to teaching, notably at the Lorient Conservatory. She accompanies many storytellers and poets. She also works with cartoonists in uniting storytelling, music and drawing in the same performance: the comic strip.