“… a musician of great sensitivity both to her instrument and
the mood of the music … gifted with a superbly confident
technique.” (Hampshire Chronicle)
"A truly inspirational and varied programme" (The
graduated from the Royal College of Music and with a Masters
degree from Yale University, USA. She has given numerous solo
recitals throughout the country, broadcast live on BBC radio and
been featured on television. Fiona has performed in ensemble at
The Barbican Centre and London Purcell Room and enjoyed
performing Rodrigo’s “Concierto d’Aranjuez” numerous times in
the UK and Spain.
for the ABRSM professional development team for many years,
co-directed numerous residential flute and guitar courses with
Julie Wright and Atarah Ben-Tovim, MBE, and has been a guest
tutor at various international guitar festivals, including the
International Guitar Festival at West Dean, and the Royal
Greenwich Guitar Festival.
latest CD, "Organised /Chaos" captures the best of her
collaboration with electric guitarist Stuart Ansell. Her
previous solo album "The Legend of Hagoromo" features beautiful
contemporary music from Australia, Japan and France.
In tonight’s concert, Fiona will perform music from a variety of
centuries and cultures, from Renaissance England through to
A night of powerful and simply breathtaking music from this
master player of the Latin American Harp.
Roots magazine, Wales)
Wonderful introduction into a completely different expression of
harp music, beautifully expressed."
(Concert compliment, Loughton Nov. 2016)
From an early age, Ricardo has been an eminent representative of
the Latin American poetry and music culture on a wide variety of
stages, both nationally and internationally. He first studied
the harp at the Music Academy of Villavicencio, with Luis
Alberto Curvelo, his brother and Director of the institution.
The two brothers founded The Music Academy of Puerto Carreño
(Vichada) and Ricardo lead the first music cultural
representation of the region, which was awarded first prizes
internationally. Whilst still a young man, he made his name as a
poet in his native Colombia, winning international prizes for
both poetry and dance.
Ricardo came to the UK in 1979 and has since given many
performances both as a soloist and with many other accomplished
musicians. He has recorded live for BBC radio and television and
Satellite BSB TV. His restless desire to contribute and to open
new horizons for his culture, led him to construct a new Latin
American harp, and with this instrument, the development and
presentation of a unique new wave of poetic music.
On stage Ricardo presents a great combination of traditional
pieces from Latin American countries, together with many of his
own compositions; vibrant, energetic and jazzy pieces
contrasting with more classical, enchanting melodies and tender
vocals. The sound of his Modelo Corvado harps adds to the
uniqueness of his performances, which continue to take audiences
Tonight's concert will include compositions from his latest
album Espíritu Llanero / A Londres (Llanero Spirit / To London)
and Ricardo is delighted to be sharing the evening with such a
fine musician as Fiona Harrison.