Georgina Graham (nee Harrison) is a talented and accomplished harpist whose musicianship has earned her international recognition. Described as "an outstanding musician", Georgina is one of the leading harpists of her generation and has performed and recorded as a soloist, a chamber musician and an orchestral harpist in Europe, Australia and the USA within the classical, jazz and pop industry.

As a young child, I learnt the piano whilst sitting on my mother's knee. The harp was never something that I considered until I was told it was the only instrument that I wasn't allowed to learn! Stubborn and determined, I began having lessons. I had no idea that I would fall in love with this magnificent instrument. It has quite literally changed my life.

The harp is more than just visually captivating. Its sound and the impact it creates; the difference it makes to people's lives is a constant inspiration to me. One swooping glissando on the harp can transform the atmosphere of any piece of music and lift the sound of a whole orchestra to a new dimension; the richness of its timbre can soothe and heal; the sheer majestic beauty of the instrument speaks for itself and immediately brings a sense of something almost other-worldly. The harp is such a versatile and exciting instrument - it's a privilege to be able to play it.

Georgina began studying the harp at the age of 10, and her natural capability for the instrument was quickly recognised, leading her to perform at the World Harp Festival in Cardiff and give her debut live solo radio broadcast by the age of 14. A year later she was the Rotary International District 1070 Young Musician of the Year and had achieved her Grade 8 ABRSM with Distinction. Georgina was awarded a Foundation Scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music, London, with Daphne Boden and in her first term at the College, she was presented with 2nd prize at the London Harp Competition by the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Her recital was described as "compelling, a fine performance, a Tour de Force."

Alongside her classical studies at the Royal College of Music, Georgina was the first harpist to study Jazz Harp by special arrangement with the institution. She was also awarded a scholarship to pioneer an exchange year of study at the Manhattan School of Music with Deborah Hoffman, Principal Harpist for the New York City Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Here she continued with both her classical and jazz repertoire alongside singing and songwriting and was Principal Harpist for the Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra and The Tactus Ensemble (Contemporary Music). During her time in New York, Georgina formed the trio Quava (flute, harp and viola) which performed to great acclaim and were semi-finalists in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition (USA).

Georgina performed at the 8th World Harp Congress in Geneva before graduating from the Royal College with a First Class BMus (Hons) degree in 2003. Since then, Georgina has enjoyed a busy career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician across a wide range of musical genres performing in the UK, New York and Australia. She has also built up a reputation as an experienced teacher and is passionate about sharing the expertise that she has been privileged to receive to the next generation of harpists.

Now based in the Isle of Man, Georgina is Principal Harpist for the Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, supporting acts such as Lesley Garrett, Katherine Jenkins, The Priests and Russell Watson. Georgina performs as a solo artist at venues all over the Island and abroad and has undertaken commissions to write and perform her own songs for weddings and corporate events.

Among her tutors, Georgina particularly credits Mary Morley, Daphne Boden, Hugh Webb, Deborah Hoffman and Alison Nicholls for the important part they have played in her artistic development.

Georgina Graham Harpist
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