Early Harpist - Musicologist
e-mail: hannelore.devaere@googlemail.com

HanneloreHannelore Devaere studied historical harp at the Akademie für alte Musik, Bremen, with Andrew Lawrence-King. Her main focus is on music of Spain and Italy from the Renaissance and Baroque periods . As a soloist she can be heard in many recordings and is often featured on national radio. As a continuo player, she records regularly with many national and international ensembles, including Zefiro Torna, Romanesque, Elyma and Al Ayre Espanol. Hannelore is also a musicologist specialized in 16th- and 17th-century iconography and organology; as such, she has worked for the Museum of Musical Instruments in Brussels. She is a very active lecturer at symposia and music festivals, and is a published scholar.
Hannelore teaches the harp, continuo, improvisation and primary-source reading at the music schools of Tielt, Knokke and Woluwé (Brussels). She is often invited to give masterclasses in Belgium (Festival Van Vlaanderen) and abroad.
Hannelore was the first harpist on record to perform on the ice cap in the Antarctica and has a landing spot under her own name.


February 12, 1999, Doumer Island, S 64°50.554' - W 63°29.569', Antarctica



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  • Master degree cum lauda in Musicology at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, June 1988 (promotion Prof. Dr. Jan Caeyers).
  • Laureate of the Reisbeurzenwedstrijd (travel scholarships for academic research) from the Flemish Governement, 1988.
  • Certificate of pedagogical ability, June 2004.
  • Certificate de connaissance approfondie de la langue Française, May 2006
  • Harpstudies at the Akademie für alte Musik, Bremen, Germany: historical harps with Andrew Lawrence King (October 1988 - February 1991).


  • Hannelore has worked as a harpist for many ensembles such as Capella Flamenca, Huelgas, Romanesque, La Capella Reial, Elyma, Daedalus, Rheinische Kantorei, Balthasar Neuman Ensemble, Salzburger Hofmusik, Musica ad Rhenum etc... and under conducters as Jordi Savall, Gabriel Garrido, John Elliot Gardiner, Thomas Hengelbrock, Hermann Max, Howard Arman, Philipp Picket, Paul Van Nevel , among others...
  • Her ensemble The Lady Clifton’s Spirit, has given concerts in Bruges, Kortrijk, Antwerpen, Damme, Geneva, Rothenburg, Amsterdam, Vlissingen and Utrecht.
  • Hannelore currently very active also as a soloist, in duos and trios. A survey can be seen under concert proposals.
  • Hannelore is also a teacher on both modern and historical harps in the Belgian music academies of Knokke, Tielt and Woluwé-Saint Lambert (Brussels). She has been teaching harp in music schools and master classes for over 15 years and in different countries. She has also taught courses in music and dance history, musical analysis and art in general in secondary and in college schools.