The Belgian harpist Ann Fierens, studied modern harp at the Conservatory of Ghent with Arielle Valibouse and at the Utrecht School of the Arts with Erika Waardenburg. She has taken master courses with Marie-Claire Jamet, Sarah O’Brien and Isabelle Moretti and was laureate of the International Competition Félix Godefroid in Namur and the Competition UFAM in Paris.
In 2003 having been helped and stimulated by Erika Waardenburg in discovering the single-action harp, Ann began her fascination for this instrument and decided to dedicate herself to historical performance practice. After an intensive period of research on the correct approach on how to play this particular instrument, she decided to concentrate on her passion for the historical harp.
In 2005 she was selected for the Kunstanjer and the HKU awards. And was invited to play a recital during the First Single Action Harp Symposium in London.
To improve her knowledge and playing according to historical criteria, Ann .studied with Mara Galassi in Milan and took master courses with Emilia Fadini and Enrico Baiano.
In 2007 she received her specialist degree in historical pedal-harp, playing a concert with late-classical and early romantic music. She also presented her research on the harp as a continuo instrument in the French repertory of the 18th century.
During the course of her studies Ann deepened her knowledge in the art of accompaniment during the classical period, collaborating with artists including Alfredo Bernardini, Stefano Montanari, Andrea Marcon and Vittorio Ghielmi.
Since 2006 Ann has been asked to join the continuo group of a number of orchestras and collaborated with names such as Diego Fasolis and Thomas Hengelbrock. She performed in Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Greece.
In addition to this Ann has found that conducting research and devising chamber music programs have become an indispensable part of her musical activities. She has also written various articles which have appeared in specialist magazines including Harpa, Nederlands Harpbulletin and Bulletin des Amis de la Harpe. Her projects include Quel beau jour !, a program about the person and the music written for Marie-Antoinette. At the moment Ann is working on a project God save the King! with music written by J. C. Bach, supported by the International Festival of Flanders - Ghent.
The little known soloist repertoire of the historical harp, is another of Ann’s deep interests. She interpreted concerts of Wagenseil, J.Ch Bach, Mozart, Gossec and Händel and played as a soloist in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Italy and Greece.