Fanny Alofs is a vocalist with a wide span of musical abilities. She is a skilful improviser, articulate in many languages, using her great range and lithe voice in various fields of music, with a special focus on the most experimental of contemporary classical music. After studying jazz and graduating with Distinction, Fanny switched to classical singing. She earned a scholarship from the Dutch Prince Bernhard Cultural Fund and the Margrit Widlund Stipend, allowing her to specialise in contemporary vocal music through a post-graduate training/working course at Vocal Lab (now Silbersee), the international studio for contemporary classical music.
By now, she is a much sought after interpreter of contemporary music and has appeared on international stages inlcluding Carnegie Hall, The Barbican, Istanbul Musiki Festival and The Royal Concert Hall, Amsterdam. Many composers have written works for her voice. She has worked as a soloist with composers Steve Reich and Georges Aperghis, as well as conductors as Reinbert de Leeuw, Clark Rundell, Alan Pierson and Lucas Vis, and collaborated with groups as Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Instant Composers’ Pool, Residence Orchestra, and Spectra Ensemble.
Whenever possible, Fanny Alofs couples singing to a theatrical performance. In the last few years she has sung in hundreds of musical theatre performances by companies such as Dutch National Opera, Transparant Musical Theatre, Veenfabriek, Sonnevanck Youth Theatre, Toneelhuis and Silbersee. She has frequented art and theatre festivals as Istanbul Music Festival, Rotterdam Opera Days, Karavaan, Holland Festival, Amsterdam Underground, November Music and Boulevard Festival.
She is also a founding member of Lunatree, a cameleontic ensemble building bridges between many genres, playing Arvo Pärt to Squarepusher, Satie through Crowded House to Andriessen. She plays duo-concerts with Goska Isphording, harpsichordist specialised in contemporary music, and sometimes finds (or steals) the time to create solo performances.
Picture by Floris Leeuwenberg