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 include appearing with Birmingham Opera in Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht, Strauss’s Concertino with English Chamber Orchestra and Mozart’s Concerto at the Festival Suoni dal Golfo in Lerici, Italy. She has taken part in festivals across Europe, including Parnu, Tbilisi, West Cork, Ryedale and Mizmorim, and in 2017 was featured artist at Southwell Music Festival.

Over the last year Amy has collaborated with the Castalian Quartet at Wigmore Hall, with soprano Louise Alder and pianist James Baillieu at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield (Baudelaire and the Bassoon), and with the Orsino Ensemble at the Aldeburgh Festival. During 2018/19 she returns to Wigmore Hall with Dame Sarah Connolly and Nicholas Daniel.  

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

As a chamber musician Amy has collaborated with Aleksander Madzar, Nicholas Daniel, Radovan Vlatkovic, Natalia Gutman, Matthew Hunt, Adam Walker,  Chen Halevi, Guy Johnston, Tom Poster, Ashley Wass and the Chilingirian Quartet, 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. She was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2014.

Amy is a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music.   

Press reviews

“Any lingering old-time preconceptions of the bassoon being music’s clown have been quietly extinguished by Harman’s musicality, tone and technical agility during these two Coffee Concert appearances and the rarity of hearing her instrument in this context gives us a privileged window in on a top bassoonist’s art and a close up on its sound and voice.”

Chichester Observer / Attenborough Centre Brighton / January 2018

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

The Times / BBC Symphony Orchestra / October 2016

“...a bassoonist in a million, singing heartache rather than lugubrious gloom right at the start [of Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony].”

The Arts Desk / BBC Symphony Orchestra / October 2016
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