Emily Hoile

2013 and 2011 Julius Isserlis Scholar

Awarded: grants of £10,000 (2013) and £10,000 (2011) towards study abroad

A harpist with 'breathtaking skills' (BBC Radio 2), Emily Hoile is currently studying at The Juilliard School, New York, with principal harpist of the New York Philharmonic, Nancy Allen. Previously she studied at St Mary's Music School with Catriona Mckay and Helen Macleod.

Recently, Emily was the 2nd prize winner at the Cité des Arts International Harp Competition, Paris, as well as being the Young Artist in Residence at the Lammermuir Festival 2011. Other festival appearances include the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Harp Festival, Juilliard 'Focus' Festival, Carnegie Hall's 'JapanNYC', and she was selected to represent Britain to perform in the Tenth World Harp Congress in Amsterdam. She has won numerous awards, including the Edinburgh Competition Festival's Concerto Competition, Traves Trophy for her Half Hour Recital, as well as St Mary's Music School's Directors' Recital Prize and Mozart Concerto Competition.

Emily has performed with many ensembles including the Juilliard Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain with whom she was principal harp, and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. Highlights include performing in Carnegie Hall, New York, conducted by John Adams, as well as performing in the Royal Festival Hall, London, in their production of Bernstein's Mass with Marin Alsop. As a passionate performer of new music, Emily has played with both of Juilliard's contemporary music groups, the New Juilliard Ensemble and AXIOM with whom she will be touring to Finland in August 2013.

(Updated July 2013)

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