Harry Kneeshaw is a violinist from Beverley, East Yorkshire, who studies at the Royal Academy of Music as a scholar, studying with So-Ock Kim.
Harry has featured as soloist with the Hull Philharmonic, Sounds Baroque and the Classics in the Park Orchestra and in 2022, he performed with the Cambridge Graduate Orchestra at West Road Concert Hall, with the Hull Philharmonic as part of the Hull City Hall Classics Season 2021/2022 and in Delius’ Double Concerto with Hugh Mackay and the City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra.
As an orchestral violinist, Harry has performed all over the UK in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, and Bridgewater Hall, and he has worked with top conductors such as John Wilson, Marin Alsop, Edward Gardner, Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Mark Elder. Harry was a member of the National Youth Orchestra for five successive years, as the youngest member in 2015, leading to performances with the orchestra at the BBC Proms, Young Euro Classic, Berlin and the Berlioz Festival, La Côte-Saint-André.
As a youngster, Harry studied with Barbara Parham, and then Clare Thompson at the Junior Royal Academy of Music. As a student at the Junior Academy, he was the leader of the Symphony Orchestra, he won 1st prize in the Chamber Music Prize, and he was the violinist in their joint production with Rambert and RADA of Stravinsky’s ‘Soldier’s Tale’.
Since commencing his studies at RAM in September 2019, Harry has been appointed leader of the Amadeus Orchestra, and he has worked professionally at the Birmingham Royal Ballet, where he is currently on the mentoring scheme and extras list, as well as being hand-picked by John Wilson to play in Sinfonia of London, performing concerts at the BBC Proms and the Barbican Centre as well as participating in various recording projects.
At RAM, Harry has sat in all the principal seats in the Symphony Orchestra, most recently as Leader under John Wilson and Principal Second under Semyon Bychkov. As a chamber musician, he was part of the Frost Trust Advanced Specialist Strings Ensemble Training (A.S.S.E.T.) and was mentored by György Pauk and Levon Chilingirian. He has also collaborated with musicians including Adrian Brendel, Timothy Ridout, Elena Urioste and Martin Outram. In 2021, he won 1st prize in the Strings and Piano Duo Prize at the Academy with pianist Kasparas Mikuzis and was the recipient of the Mr and Mrs Steven Smith Award. Harry has been fortunate to participate in classes with musicians such as James Ehnes, Joel Smirnoff, Dong-Suk-Kang, Yuzuko Horigome, Simone Lamsma, Isabel Charisius, Ani Kavafian, Robin Wilson, Martin Beaver and Hartmut Rohde.
Harry will commence his postgraduate degree in September 2023 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama studying with David Takeno. Harry was also accepted by Talent Unlimited in March 2023.
Harry plays a fine Italian violin by Giovanni Francesco Pressenda, 1833 kindly lent to him by the Royal Academy of Music.