With an amazing energy, a deep understanding of music, and a permanent search to discover new repertoires, Constance Luzzati “wipes away, in one single sweep, all the stereotypes which still make solo harp sometimes look like a weird, austere animal1”. Hailed by La Lettre du musicien for “her acute sense of musicality, of phrasing, of ornamentation of baroque — perfectly rendered by the harp — and a surprising virtuosity2”, Constance Luzzati devotes herself mostly to early and contemporary music, out of personal inclination for these repertoires as well as artistic commitment. She believes the repertoire of her instrument could be fruitfully widened with quality new or early music pieces. She is currently working toward a PhD on the transcription for the harp of the French harpsichord repertoire. She also collaborates regularly with contemporary composers, world-premiering works for solo harp by Bruno Mantovani (2006) and Edith Lejet (2011).
She has developed and performed many projects around the relationship between music and theatre. She has been intensively working with drama artists since 2006, playing and coordinating the live musical part of Brecht and Horvarth pieces, extensively touring in more than 20 cities in France, as well as in Russian (Moscow, St Petersburg) and Portuguese (Lisboa, Porto) theatre festivals. She has worked with actress Mary-Armelle Deguy on the transcription of a great 17th century short story by Madame de Lafayette as a musical dramatic work. As an insatiable discoverer, she has entered a prestigious drama school in Paris and learnt drama for two years in order to gain a new understanding of this art. Now she is preparing new projects as a harpist, with small ensembles of actors.
She has won numerous prizes in international competitions: first prize in the 2007 Hungarian International Harp Competition, first prize in the 2006 Wales International Harp Competition, awarded for the best interpretation of contemporary music at the International Competition Cité des Arts in Paris in 2005, and awarded at the International Arpista Ludovico Competition in Madrid, also in 2005. She was a finalist in the 2011 Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York City. Additional recognition includes the Fondation pour la Vocation award, the Sacem award, the Adami award, and Cultures France award.
Recital highlights and concerto soloists include famous Parisians concert halls (Cité de la musique, Maison de la radio, Petit Palais, Grand Palais), and some of the most important French festivals and halls (Folles journées de Nantes, Flâneries de Reims, Festival de Besançon, Duo Dijon, Maison de la musique). She has also appeared in Italy, Spain, Wales, England, Hungary, the Netherlands, and Japan — where she was invited to international festivals as a musical innovator, and as a creative advocate for her instrument.
An active chamber musician, Constance Luzzati became a member of the Trio Safran, and is now focusing on a new project with the cellist Héloïse Luzzati on French romantic music. She also collaborates in many different ensembles. She recently recorded her first album of chamber music with the soloists of Rouen opera’s orchestra. The album, called “Normandie Impressioniste”, is devoted to French music around Monet, Renoir, and the great painters of the impressionist movement.
Dedicated to sharing art with a large audience, Ms Luzzati strives for a more direct presence with people who have a difficult access to culture and music. These efforts include concerts for public school students, programs for senior citizens, and performances in hospitals and social care centers.
Constance Luzzati has earned Master’s degrees in harp, in musicology, and in musical analysis, at the famous Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. She received the Avant-Scènes Prize in 2006, the highest award given to a CNSM postgraduate student. Her principal harp trainers were Isabelle Moretti and Germaine Lorenzini. She has also studied baroque harp at the Scuola Civica in Milan, with Mara Galassi. Additionally, she has been receiving great artistic guidance for early music from the harpsichord player Kenneth Weiss since 2006, as a postgraduate and PhD professor.
Constance Luzzati has been devoting time since the age of 17 to teaching musical culture, history and analysis, with the hope that younger musicians will be encouraged to develop a great, personal understanding of music.
1 - “[elle] balaye d’un revers de manche tous les a priori qui font encore parfois de la harpe soliste un drôle d’animal austère” ￪
2 - “son sens aigu de la musicalité, des phrasés, de l’ornementation baroque — parfaitement rendue par la harpe — et une virtuosité surprenante” ￪