Amy Harman


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Sought after as a soloist and chamber musician, this season Amy returns to Wigmore Hall and Tbilisi Festival. She is currently Principal Bassoon of the Aurora and English National Opera Orchestras, having previous held the position with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Born in London, Amy Harman studied at the  Royal College of Music with Andrea de  Flammineis, Julie Price and Martin Gatt, and with František Herman at the Hudební Fakulta Akademie Múzických Umění in Prague. 

In 2011 she was appointed Principal Bassoon of the Philharmonia Orchestra at the age of 23, and in 2014 was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT).   

Passionate about bringing the bassoon to a wider audience, in 2012 Amy appeared as a ‘flying soloist’ in Birmingham Opera Company’s premiere of Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht where she performed from a trapeze suspended above the audience. Recent highlights include performing Strauss’s Concertino with the English Chamber Orchestra and solo recitals at Wigmore Hall, Sage Gateshead, Colston Hall (Bristol), the Bath International, Lichfield and Devizes Festivals.

Sought after as a chamber musician, in 2015 Amy attended Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove collaborating with Elisabeth Leonskaja, and in 2016 toured California with Camerata Pacifica.  She has taken part in festivals across Europe, including Pärnu, Tbilisi and Galway, collaborating with Aleksander Madzar, Nicholas Daniel, Radovan Vlatkovic, Natalia Gutman, Guy Johnston and the Chilingirian Quartet, among others.   

Engagements this season include concertos with the Arch Sinfonia and Maidstone Symphony Orchestra.  Amy returns to Wigmore Hall, takes part in the Tbilisi, West Cork Music and Ryedale Festivals, performs with Chen Halevi at the Mizmorim Festival in Basel and gives a recital with Olivier Stankiewicz and Tom Poster in Brighton.  She is a member of Ensemble 360 and appears as guest principal with leading orchestras throughout Europe including the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Between 2010-2011 Amy was Principal Bassoon of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She is currently principal of the Aurora and English National Opera Orchestras, and has appeared as guest principal with the London Symphony and BBC Symphony Orchestras, among many others. During her studies she trained with the European Union Youth and Britten Pears Orchestras.

Amy is a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music.   

Press reviews

“The supreme eloquence of the bassoonist Amy Harman’s solos will stay with me.”

The Times, BBC Symphony Orchestra, October 2016

“... amazing young Amy Harman, a bassoonist in a million ... I don't know by what dint of fortune this ex-Philharmonia player appeared in the BBC Symphony Orchestra, but I hope they can keep her to gild the lily of one of the world's best woodwind departments.”

The Arts Desk, BBC Symphony Orchestra, October 2016

“…it was clear that Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra were the ones who would have to keep tabs – which they did with unbelievable clarity and generosity of spirit, right from guest principal bassoonist Amy Harman’s soulful counterpoint to the opening melody.”

The Arts Desk, BBC SO at the Barbican, January 2015

“...the high point of the evening was the playing of Amy Harman....who gave the most stunning performance of immense artistry and the most assured technical ability in her exquisite performance of Weber's Bassoon Concerto. The sheer tonal beauty of sound she magically drew from her instrument was memorable indeed.”

Musicweb International, Arthur Butterworth

“The Dance Suite opened almost as pure rhythm, gradually melodised, as it were, by Amy Harman's superb bassoon solo.”

Seen and heard international, Philharmonia Orchestra

“I doubt that he could possibly have matched Amy Harman in richness of tone or precision”

Seen and heard international, Philharmonia Orchestra - Rite of Spring, June 2013

“Bassoonist Amy Harman and clarinettist Barnaby Robson were particularly exquisite, taking, and excelling in, lead roles in all the symphony's movements.”

Bachtrack, Philharmonia Orchestra - Beethoven Symphony No. 4, February 2012
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