Amy Harman Principal Bassoon

Born in London in 1987, Amy Harman began her studies at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music where she was awarded the Sally Wainwright Woodwind Prize.

In 2009 she completed her undergraduate studies at the Royal College of Music, under the tuition of Andrea de Flammineis, Julie Price and Martin Gatt, where she was awarded the RCM Bassoon Prize. Amy also studied with František Herman at HAMU in Prague.

As an orchestral musician Amy trained with the European Union Youth Orchestra and Britten Pears Orchestra, and has performed as guest principal with the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber, Irish Chamber, English National Opera, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, City of Birmingham Symphony, London Chamber and Hallé Orchestras and from 2010 was Principal Bassoon at BBC National Orchestra of Wales until being appointed Joint Principal Bassoon of the Philharmonia in 2011.

Amy has recently given classes at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and at the Royal Welsh College. She is also an active chamber musician and has been a member of Ensemble 360 since 2010. She has performed at festivals internationally collaborting with artists such as Radovan Vlatkovic, Natalia Gutman, Charles Neidich and the Chilingirian Quartet.

Amy has also worked with the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company also recently performed as a ‘flying soloist’ in Birmingham Opera Company’s premiere of Stockhausen's ‘Mittwoch aus Licht’ where she played from a trapeze suspended 50ft above the audience.

Amy lives in South London with her cat Cheryl and enjoys sleeping in her spare time.

The Joint Principal Bassoon's chair is endowed by Penny and Nigel Turnbull.