The harp is equally powerful and poetic; British harpist Milo Harper explores its unique possibilities through innovative repertoire and diverse sound-worlds.
Currently, Milo is pursuing graduate studies in New York City under Emmanuel Ceysson's (Metropolitan Opera, LA Phil) tutelage at The New School's Mannes School of Music, where he was awarded the President’s Scholarship. He endeavours to expand the 'Classical' harp repertoire by making transcriptions and researching music composed by underrepresented groups (such as Women, Black, POC and LGBT+ composers). Not limited by genre, he also collaborates with jazz groups, singer-songwriters, producers and contemporary composers.
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 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 has 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).
Milo is sponsored by the Hattori Foundation, the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Julius Isserlis Scholarship, and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.