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Rene Clemencic (b1928)

René Clemencic is a composer, conductor, recorder virtuoso, the founder and leader of the world famous early music ensemble, the Clemencic Consort. He is a musicologist and writer, a graduate philosopher, and a keen collector of emblematic books and sculptures. He was born in Vienna on 27 February 1928, the son of a notary public. He is a true child of the heart of Europe, his ancestry can be traced back to Istria, Slovenia, Moravia and Poland. He received his formal schooling in Vienna, then went on to study philosophy and musicology at the Sorbonne and the College de France in Paris, and the University of Vienna, where he obtained his doctorate in 1956. During the same time he studied music - the recorder, harpsichord and Hindemith's music theory with H. H. Staeps in Vienna; harpsichord with E. Harich-Schneider in Vienna; Collegium Musicum with J. Mertin in Vienna; the recorder with J. Collette in Nijmegen (Holland), L. Hoffer v. Wintersfeld and W. Nitschke in Berlin; formal analysis with E. Ratz in Vienna; theory of music with Arnold Schonberg's friend and pupil J. Polnauer, in Vienna; and J. M. Hauer's Dodecaphonic Theory with J. Schwieger, in Vienna. Ever since the late 1950s he has performed in solo concerts as recorder virtuoso, and with his ensemble, the Clemencic Consort, music ranging from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, to the baroque and Avant-garde, travelling to concert venues all over Europe, Africa, North and South America, Asia and Australia. For the last 30 years he has had his own series of concerts dedicated to early music at


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