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Harpist Alison Nicholls has emerged at the forefront of the next generation of international harpists, calling upon an extensive range of standard masterworks balanced by an enthusiasm for contemporary repertoire. She has won many national and international awards, including First Prize at the 1994 World Harp Festival Competition, where she was unanimously awarded the Zabaleta Prize and Special Salvi Award. As a soloist, she has performed for the UK Harp Association, the American Harp Society, the World Harp Congress, and at International Festivals throughout North America and Europe.

Born in Britain, Alison studied at London University and the Juilliard School, New York (1993-95) where she won a prestigious Juilliard scholarship. Her principal teachers have been Susan Drake and Nancy Allen. Alison enjoys a diverse career, from solo recitals and concertos to chamber and orchestral appearances. She is committed to making music accessible, leading and participating in community outreach projects. Broadcasting credits include both television and radio appearances for the BBC, Classic fM, and American networks.

As a founding member and co-artistic director of the London-based chamber ensemble mobius, Alison performs regularly at venues such as the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room at the South Bank Centre. mobius recordings for EMI, Naxos, ASV and Meridan have been met by critical acclaim.

Alison's debut solo album, Solo Harp, a collection of French Romantic works was released last year and has met with widespread praise:

"a jewel box of ...treasures" "evanescently magical...performance"

- BBC Music Magazine, October 2001 (Performance***** Sound*****)