The harp can be equally powerful and poetic; British harpist Milo Harper explores its unique sound through innovative and diverse sound-worlds. He strives to challenge the musical canon by making transcriptions and curating music composed by people from historically underrepresented genders, ethnicities, races and cultures.
This year, Milo is a soloist on the Munster Trust Recital Scheme and also the Harp Fellow for the Philharmonia Orchestra's MMSF scheme. He recently returned to the UK from New York City, having completed his graduate studies under Emmanuel Ceysson's (Metropolitan Opera, LA Phil) tutelage at The New School's Mannes School of Music, where he was awarded the Performing Arts Scholarship. At Mannes he was also coached by pioneering 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 in solo, chamber and orchestral concerts. He performed solo at the World Harp Congress (Hong Kong, 2017) and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (NYC, 2019) and as a concerto soloist in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He is the harpist for the LGT Young Soloists, an orchestra described by Fanfare as 'one of the finest youth orchestras in Europe', with whom he has been featured on several albums released by Sony/RCA Red Seal Records. Previously, he was Principal Harp for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (2014), the European Union Youth Orchestra (2019) and a Britten-Pears Young Artist (2020). Not limited by genre, he also collaborates with jazz groups, singer-songwriters, producers and contemporary composers.