attended the University
of Surrey and studied
with Jean Bell and Renata Scheffel-Stein.
In 1994, he
became the principal harpist of the London Symphony Orchestra, a post he
had held previously with the Philharmonia. Other groups with whom he has worked
include the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bridge Quartet, the Chamber Orchestra
of Europe, the Hebrides Ensemble, Leipzig Gewandhaus,
the London Mozart Players, the London Sinfonietta,
the Nash Ensemble, the Northern Sinfonia, and Orqueasta de Cadaques.
double-bassist Rinat Ibragimov
and violinist Gordan Nikolitch
gave the world premiere of Dmitri Smirnov’s “Triple Concerto
No. 2” with the LSO in May 2004.
February 2012, he performed Claude Debussy’s “Danse sacree et danse profane” and “Sonata for Flute, Viola
and Harp” with members of the LSO at LSO St. Luke’s.
which he appears include: Britten: The Complete Folksong Arrangements;
Chamber Music by Jacques Ibert with the Bridge Quartet; Debussy: Les Chansons
de Bilitis/Sonata for Flute, Viola &
Harp/Violin Sonata/Cello Sonata/Syrinx; Holst:
The Planets with the LSO; The
London Violin Sound; and, Lawrence
of Arabia and Mozart: Flute & Harp Concerto K.
299/Sinfonia Concertante K. 297B with the Philharmonia.
He can also be
heard on the soundtracks of Brave,
The Luzhin Defence, Tamara
Drewe and The
Woman in the Fifth, and the original London cast recording of Les Miserables.
In the field
of music education, he has adjudicated at the North London Festival Camac Harp Competition, given master classes in Chicago, London and Rio de Janeiro, and served on the faculty of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.