Harriet Stubbs

Harriet Stubbs's Biography

Harriet Stubbs began piano studies at the age of three, performing publically a year later. At the age of five, she was awarded a full scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama given by the Elsie and Leonard Cross Memorial Foundation.  She studied with James Gibb, Guildhall's Emeritus Professor and Ronan O'Hora, Head of Keyboard and Advanced Performance Studies. At the age of seven, she had passed all eight piano exams with distinction. 

Invited to play at the International Piano Festival, Blackheath in 1998, Harriet's "exceptional musicianship, poise and supreme confidence" were critically acclaimed. 

A year later her performances of  Mozart's piano concerto in A major K414 at the age of nine, and then Bach's Piano Concerto in D minor  with  the Primavera Chamber Ensemble at the Rye Festival Winter Series at the age of 10, received further recognition, leading to an hour-long interview on the BBC World Service, BBC Radio in York and Southern Counties. 

She was also voted one of the top three pianists in Britain by Julian Lloyd Webber on ITV's 'Britain's Brilliant Prodigies'. 

Harriet then branched out into film work, employed by Warner Brothers in the third Harry Potter film, 'The Prisoner of Azkaban'. 

Harriet during her teens debuted solo recitals at almost every major concert venue in the UK across the entire length of the country whilst taking her GCSE's and A levels at Christ’s Hospital School.

For her undergraduate degree, Harriet studied with Douglas Finch at Trinity College of Music whilst maintaining a full professional career. 

Harriet worked on BBC Maestro with Katie Derham, Radio 1 DJ Goldie and Blur bassist Alex James as well as the London Mayor's initiative, Rhythm of London. Harriet worked with Angela Hewitt in Perugia, Italy focusing on Bach and Mozart before performing a Mozart concerto as soloist with Angela Hewitt accompanying. Later that summer she performed at Serenata Classical Music Stars, before playing for the Ambassador of the United States in London at his home for a private function. Harriet gives regular solo performances at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. John's Smith Square, St. John's Waterloo, Cheltenham Recital Series, Blackheath Concert Halls, The Reform Club, The Traveller's Club, St. James's Piccadilly and Castle Howard.

In her final year as an undergraduate, she won the piano category of the Trinity Soloists Piano Competition, and was one of the final three soloists overall, playing Prokofiev's 3rd piano concerto.

Harriet moved to New York City at the age of 22 to pursue her Master's degree at Manhattan School of Music and to build a career in North America and Canada. Harriet became the pianist in residence at New York's Oracle Club, premiered the chamber reduction of Mahler's first Symphony with the Metro Chamber Orchestra as well as performing at Steinway Hall. Harriet has also been performing in Cyprus most at Bellapias Monastry for the Turkish Cypriot President and Prime Minister broadcast on national television and in Berlin.

Harriet now divides her time equally between New York and London. In the UK Harriet has been playing at Middle Temple Hall for the Duke of Gloucester, Lauderdale House, The Georgian Theatre Royal, King's College Chapel, The Strand and Royal Festival Hall.

In New York Harriet has most recently premiered the Grammy nominated concertino by East Villager Dr Ed Green (Professor at the Manhattan School of Music) in London and is launching the East Village Show: a concert series focusing on the rich mix of talent in the East Village across the arts and bringing classical music to new audiences. Harriet is part of the new artist's movement The HoneyB Corp and their sister project Omniclusters. 

Harriet has now finished recording her first commercial album produced by Russ Titelman and featuring Marianne Faithful based on the concept of the doors of perception having recently just released her Christmas Fantasia arranged by Rob Mounsey.

In New York, Harriet has most recently performed at Carnegie Hall and spoken at the United Nations about the Future of Classical Music. Harriet is also a member of Artists Without Walls and plays regularly for them as well as being a Committee Member of the TJ Martell Foundation's Women of Influence and is on the Board for the Grammy's New York Chapter.

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