The career of flutist Abbie de Quant testifies of a great multitude and a strong urgency to a musical adventure. She is a master at the flute, with a refreshing vision on the classical repertoire. Her repertoire reaches from baroque to contemporary Western and Asian music. The artistic dialogues she enters into with other forms of art, such as poetry, sculpture and mime, create a surprising addition to the stage art.
She has performed many times in the Great and Small Auditorium at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, where she has been organizing her own series, inspiring many composers to write new compositions. Abbie de Quant also produced a number of music-theater productions across the Netherlands, and appeared on various television and radio shows.
Abbie de Quant studied with Jan Prins and Koos Verheul, and took masterclasses with the Italian flutist and pedagogue, Severino Gazzelloni. She graduated summa cum laude in Solo Performance, and received the Prix d’Excellence and ‘Diploma di Onore’ from the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. Furthermore, she won several major music awards at both national and international contests including the Cum Laude Concours, the Belgian-Netherlands Concours, the Gaudeamus Concours and the competitions for flute at Royan and Munich (ARD).
Besides her frequent appearances in various chamber music associations, Abbie de Quant performed as soloist with virtually all leading Dutch orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and many foreign orchestras with conductors such as Luciano Berio, Roberto Benzi, Ton Koopman, Sir Raymond Leppard, Sir Neville Marriner, Kenneth Montgomery, Jean François Paillard, Ed Spanjaard, Hans Vonk, Hans Zender and David Zinman. Abbie de Quant was a docent at the Utrecht Conservatory for 33 years. At this time she is connected to the Conservatory of Amsterdam.
Abbie de Quant recorded with EMI, CBS, Erasmus, Etcetera and Challenge Records, and on her latest cd’s Hommage à Poulenc and Music in Motion from Russia, Georgia and The Netherlands, she worked together with pianist Elizabeth van Malde.