Amy Harman


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Sought after as a soloist and chamber musician, Amy regularly takes part in festivals across Europe, including the Pärnu, Tbilisi and West Cork festivals. She is currently Principal Bassoon of the Aurora and ENO orchestras, having previous held the position with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

A passionate advocate for the bassoon, Amy is much sought after as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher and communicator, regularly featuring on BBC Radio 3.    

As a soloist highlights have included appearing with Birmingham Opera in Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht and performing Strauss’s Concertino with the English Chamber Orchestra. She regularly takes part in festivals across Europe, including the Pärnu, Tbilisi, West Cork, Ryedale, Bath, Galway and Mizmorim Festivals. In 2017 she returned to Wigmore Hall and was featured artist at Southwell Music Festival.

Engagements this season include a performance of Mozart’s Concerto at the Festival Suoni dal Golfo in Lerici, Italy with Orchestra Excellence, and recitals throughout the UK including Saffron Hall, Brighton Dome, and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

In 2011 Amy was appointed principal of the Philharmonia Orchestra at the age of 23. In demand as guest principal with leading orchestras in Europe including the Mahler Chamber, London Symphony and BBC Symphony orchestras, she is currently principal of Aurora Orchestra and ENO.   

As a chamber musician Amy has collaborated with Aleksander Madzar, Nicholas Daniel, Radovan Vlatkovic, Natalia Gutman, Chen Halevi, Guy Johnston, the Castalian and Chilingirian Quartets, among many others. She has attended Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove with Elisabeth Leonskaja, and in 2016 toured California with Camerata Pacifica. Since 2010 she has been a member of Ensemble 360.

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. Between 2010-2011 she was Principal Bassoon of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

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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