Ballade Emily Hoile

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Label: Ars Produktion

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Instrumental

Artist: Emily Hoile

Composer: Alfredo Casella (1883-1947), Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Claude Debussy (1862-1918), Albert Zabel (1834-1910)

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  • Alfredo Casella (1883 - 1947):
  • 1Casella: Harp Sonata, Op. 68: I. Allegro vivace06:30
  • 2Casella: Harp Sonata, Op. 68: II. Sarabanda07:40
  • 3Casella: Harp Sonata, Op. 68: III. Finale. Tempo di marcia vivo e festoso03:49
  • Domenico Scarlatti (1685 - 1757):
  • 4Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in E Major, Kk. 135 (Arr. for Harp)05:15
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750):
  • 5Bach: Toccata in C Minor, BWV 911 (Arr. for Harp)12:18
  • Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918):
  • 6Debussy: Ballade for Piano, L. 70 (Arr. for Harp)07:24
  • Albert Zabel (1834 - 1910):
  • 7Zabel: Fantaisie sur les motifs de l'opéra "Faust" de Gounod, Op. 1212:35
  • Total Runtime55:31

Info for Ballade

"British harpist Emily Hoile was born in 1992. She received her first harp lessons at the age of five. Emily Hoile completed her studies at the Juilliard School in New York and at the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne, among others. After graduation, she joined the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic. Today she plays in the WDR Symphony Orchestra, after two years as principal harpist of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

With Ars Produktion she brings out a varied program spanning several centuries and countries, showing the harp in all its musical variety, as a sonorous instrument with many expressive variants, from powerfully spirited to playful or even refined elegant pieces. Hoile does not offer aristocratic feminine playing, but an interpretation always adapted to the music, exciting and not boring for a minute.

The full, powerfully contoured and dynamically fully exploited sound of the flawless SACD recording contributes significantly to the good impression." (Norbert Tischer,

Emily Hoile, harp

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 solo performance, notably at the USA International Harp Competition and Cité des Arts International Harp Competition.

Principal harpist of the WDR Symphony Orchestra, Emily is regularly invited to play with 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. Emily has also performed in festivals including the Verbier Festival, Aspen Music Festival, the BBC Proms and Lammermuir Festival, where she was the Young Artist in Residence. She was also selected to represent Britain at the World Harp Congress in Amsterdam.

As a soloist, Emily has performed with ensembles including the Sinfonieorchester Aachen, Thüringer Symphoniker and the Hebrides Ensemble. Her first solo album ‘Ballade’ was released by ARS Produktion in 2021 to critical acclaim. Other recordings include Ferdinand Ries’ Sextet with the Franz Ensemble and Michael Buchanan’s ‘The Many Faces of God’. Equally at home on the clarsach (folk harp) Emily performed at the first ever Folk Prom in the Royal Albert Hall, 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. Most recently a student of Letizia Belmondo at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne, Emily is also indebted to the teachings of Germaine Lorenzini, Sivan Magen, Catriona Mckay, Helen Macleod and Isobel Mieras.

Emily is pleased to announce that she can now safely play the harp in high heels.

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