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Richard Allen

Harpist Richard Allen was born in Belfast in 1993 and studied in the UK with Gabriella Dall’Olio then in Switzerland with Letizia Belmondo. As a soloist he has been awarded prizes across Europe as both a classical and traditional musician, notably at the North London Camac Harp Competition and the Concours International Félix Godefroid. Recent highlights include Mozart’s Flute & Harp Concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and Glière’s Harp Concerto with the Ulster Orchestra.


As an orchestral musician he freelances with orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic, Opera North, Hallé, Hamburg Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Bremer Philharmoniker, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, and the Bergen Philharmonic. Richard has been invited to tutor courses and masterclasses, most recently at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He was recently appointed harp tutor at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg. 

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