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Elisabeth Chardonnet, harp

Elisabeth Chardonnet, co-founder of Millenia Music, was born in France in 1973.  She started studying harp at age 9 with Françoise Netter at the National School of Music of Le Mans, where she was awarded a Gold Medal in 1990.  In 1988, she won the First Prize in a regional competition for young musicians. 

She studied with renowned harpist Pierre Jamet in the summers of 1988 and 1989.  In 1991, Elisabeth was unanimously admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. There, she studied with Marie-Claire Jamet and in 1995 was awarded a unanimous First Prize.  In 1994, thanks to an exchange program, she spent three months at the Moscow Conservatory where she studied with Vera Dulova.

In the fall of 1995, she flew to the United States to study with Susann McDonald at the Indiana University School of Music.  She was awarded a Performer Diploma in 1996 and the prestigious Artist Diploma in 1997.  She spent the summer of 1997 at the Aspen Music Festival and School where she sudied with Nancy Allen. 

She was a Prize winner at the 1998 U.S.A. International Harp Competition.  She was the principal harpist of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 1999. 

Angélus, her first solo harp CD, was released in July of 2000. 

From 2002-2010 Elisabeth was the principal harpist of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and taught both privately and at the University of Central Arkansas Community School of Music.

She currently resides in Nantes, France.