Schola Cantorum Basiliensis

Ian Harrison M.A.

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Innovative shawm, bagpipe and cornett player from Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Specialist for historical improvisation - 'the Miles Davies of the Early Music scene' (Early Music News). He obtained his Master of Arts in Music Performance Studies from the City University, London and went on to study at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Ian Harrison performs regularly in concerts and for radio and television in the whole of Europe and beyond, and can be heared on countless CDs. He is a founder-member of the prizewinning mediaeval and renaissance wind ensemble "Les haulz et les bas", an active soloist, and guest musician especially with experimental ensembles such as Sarband, Oni Wytars and The Harp Consort. Ian Harrison is a member of the musical instrument research team of the University of Leipzig, and has lectured at the Universities of Oxford, Edinburgh and London. With his folk group Contraband he won prizes for best wind instrumentalist and best folk-rock group from the German Pop Foundation 2007. He is also winner of the coveted first prize in the solo bagpipe competition at St. Chartier, France (1997). Ian Harrison lives in a Solar Energy house in Freiburg im Breisgau with his wife and four daughters.

Ian Harrison M.A.

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