"Harper’s distinctive talent really had a chance to shine here as he demonstrated how he could imbue the harp with all the resonance and drama of a nineteenth century piano played by a wild-at-heart genius." - theartsdesk.com
Milo Harper is devoted to showcasing the artistic possibilities of the harp; he explores its history and poeticism by thoughtfully curating / transcribing music from both recognised and historically underrepresented composers.
Currently based in London, Milo is a soloist on the Munster Trust Recital Scheme and also the Harp Fellow for the Philharmonia Orchestra's MMSF scheme. He undertakes a variety of freelance work; including orchestral (London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, Britten Sinfonia), recording, musical theatre, solo and chamber music - frequently performing in duos with trumpeter Aaron Akugbo and flautist Frederico Paixão. He recently returned to the UK from New York City, having completed his graduate studies with Emmanuel Ceysson (Metropolitan Opera, LA Phil) at The New School's Mannes School of Music, where he was awarded the Performing Arts Scholarship. At Mannes he was also coached by renowned jazz harpist Brandee Younger as a member of the Alice Coltrane Ensemble. He completed his Bachelors at the Royal Academy of Music, where he received the D Day Fund Award and the Robert Alva Memorial Prize for outstanding achievement, having studied with Karen Vaughan (LSO) and Skaila Kanga (Abbey Road Studios). Milo’s studies were sponsored by the Hattori Foundation, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Julius Isserlis Scholarship.
As a soloist, Milo has won competitions including the Camac Harp Competition (2018), the North London Festival President's Prize Competition (2018) and the Royal Academy of Music's Guy Magrath Harp Prize (2019). He has also toured globally, giving solo performances at the World Harp Congress (Hong Kong, 2017) and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (NYC, 2019) and concertos in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He is the harpist for LGT Young Soloists, with whom he has been featured on several albums released by Sony/RCA Red Seal Records. Previously, he was Principal Harp for the European Union Youth Orchestra (2019), a Britten-Pears Young Artist (2020), and Principal Harp for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (2014). He has also appeared on-screen in films including Downton Abbey (2019) and The Little Mermaid (2023). Not limited by genre, his collaborators have included various jazz groups, singer-songwriters, producers and contemporary composers.