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Emily Hoile

Praised for her ‘breath-taking skills’ (BBC Radio 2), harpist Emily Hoile is in demand as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician throughout Europe. Hailing from Newcastle upon Tyne UK, she has won prizes worldwide for her playing, notably at the USA International Harp Competition and Cite des Arts International Harp Competition. 

Emily is regularly invited as a soloist, and in the past year has performed concerti with ensembles including Sinfonieorchester Aachen, Thüringer Symphoniker and the Hebrides Ensemble. She is a featured soloist on an upcoming recording of the Ferdinand Ries’ Sextet with the Franz Ensemble, and with fellow harpist Marion Ravot, she has performed live on France Musique, as well as giving a critically acclaimed performance of Stockhausen’s ‘Freude’ at the Lammermuir Festival.

As an orchestral harpist, Emily is regularly invited to play with some of the world’s most renowned ensembles such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Gewandhaus Orchestra, Paris Opera and Munich Philharmonic under conductors including Mariss Jansons, Sir Simon Rattle and Gustavo Dudamel. With the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra she has recorded extensively as principal harp. She has also performed at festivals including the Verbier Festival, Aspen Music Festival, the BBC Proms as well as being selected to represent Britain at the World Harp Congress in Amsterdam. Equally at home on the clarsach (folk harp), Emily has collaborated with artists such as Sting, Kathryn Tickell and Ajimal, as well as being a finalist in the BBC Young Folk Awards.

A graduate of the Juilliard School as a student of Nancy Allen, Emily began her musical education at St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh. She became the first ever British harp academist of the Berlin Philharmonic in 2014, studying with Marie-Pierre Langlamet.


Emily Hoile

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St Mary’s Music School is one of the nine specialist Music and Dance Schools the UK (and the only one in Scotland)  funded by the UK Government and providing the finest training in Britain. It is a co-educational, non-denominational specialist music school, offering a world class standard of music and academic education to musically gifted children aged 9-19 years. It is also the Choir School of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh. It attracts day and boarding pupils from across Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Europe and internationally. 

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