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A beautiful, young and exciting harpist
Soraya is a young and exciting harpist. She was born in Leicestershire and has been playing harp since she was 7 years old.
Previously a music scholar at Oakham School she is now studying at Trinity Music College, London, studying harp performance with Gabriella D’al Olio, and early music on the triple harp with Francis Kelly.
Soraya has won many prizes for her playing in festivals and competitions, including Leicester Young Performer of the Year aged just 13 and the John Marson Harp Prize in 2012 for "most outstanding and creative musician". She has been principal harpist with the CBSO Youth Orchestra for five years, a position she also held with the award-winning Northampton Youth Orchestra from the age of twelve until leaving to start her studies at music college. She has participated in masterclasses with such eminent harpists as Fabrice Pierre, Sylvain Blassel, Anna Loro, Letitzia Belmondo, Lucy Wakeford and Elizabeth Fontan Binoche.
Soraya had her concerto debut at St John’s, Smith Square, London, at the age of 15, and has travelled widely with her harp, playing solo and orchestral works in Spain, Belgium, France and Portugal. She has played in many prestigious venues in the UK including The Royal Albert Hall, London Barbican, Cardiff Millennium Centre, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Festival Hall at London’s South Bank.
Regularly invited to play for dignitaries, Soraya has performed for members of the Royal family, including Her Majesty the Queen and Lord Lieutenants. She has worked closely with composer Amir Sadeghi, with whom she has recently recorded a world premiere with the Marson Harp Trio for BBC Television, and also regularly plays as part of a flute and harp duo with Alice Thompson, a clarinet and harp duo with Christopher Hatton and with Soprano, Emma-Claire Crook.
Soraya has a love of orchestral playing and is always extremely sought after. She regularly performs with orchestras such as the Leicester Symphony Orchestra and the Bardi Orchestra at Leicester's De Montfort Hall. She has worked under many eminent conductors including Sakari Oramo, Edward Gardner, Jac Van Steen, Andris Nielson, Claus Efland, Pavel Kotler, Rainer Hersch and many others.
A highly popular performer at weddings and corporate events Soraya has played for many prestigious clients including book signings for well-known authors, new launches of BMW, and for Frank Benbini of the Fun lovin’ Criminals on his new CD, ‘Smiles For Miles’.