Robert. Saxton

English Born 06 May 1905

Born in India, harpist Skaila Kanga started learning the piano at the age of 5. At the age of 17, having won a Junior Exhibition to study at the Royal Academy of Music, she was given the opportunity to study the harp with Tina Bonifacio, harpist in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Skaila's orchestral career began with the BBC Concert Orchestra, but she also worked with all the major London and regional orchestras under some of the great conductors of recent times: Boult, Haitink, Maazel, Barenboim, Klemperer, Boulez and Rattle.

Her varied solo career has seen her work with eminent artists in all speheres of music, including Sinatra, Elton John, Dame Joan Sutherland, Michael Nyman, Pavarotti, and Kylie Minogue. In 1977 Skaila formed a duo with harmonica player Tommy Reily, and the pair have broadcast extensively throughout Britain, Europe and South America. Skaila has also worked for over twenty years with the acclaimed Nash Ensemble, and has a large and varied discography of concertos, chamber music, and solo works.

Skaila has recently given composers' workshops at City University and at the Royal Academy, where she has been Professor of Harp since 1989; in October 2000 she was appointed Head of Harp Studies.

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