Amy Harman, Bassoon
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. In 2011 she was appointed Principal Bassoon of the Philharmonia Orchestra at the age of 24. She was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2014.
Passionate about bringing the bassoon to a wider audience, in 2012 Amy appeared as a ‘flying soloist’ in Birmingham Opera’s premiere of Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht where she played from a trapeze suspended above the audience. Engagements during 2014/15 include a performance of Strauss’s Concertino with the English Chamber Orchestra and recitals in Hamburg, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and The Sage Gateshead.
As a chamber musician Amy has been a member of Ensemble 360 since 2010, giving concerts at major venues and festivals throughout the UK. She has performed at festivals internationally collaborating with artists including Radovan Vlatkovic, Aleksander Mazdar, Nicholas Daniel, Natalia Gutman, Guy Johnston, Jack Liebeck, Charles Neidich and the Chilingirian Quartet.
Between 2009-2011 Amy was Principal Bassoon of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She has appeared as guest principal with the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, City of Birmingham Symphony, London Chamber and Hallé Orchestras. During her studies she trained with the European Union Youth and Britten Pears Orchestras.
Amy is a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music.