Arilyn Mitchell, Harpist
Kimberley Mitchell, 2017 (Redwood Library, Newport R.I.)
Kimberley Mitchell, 2016 (Symphony Hall, Boston)
Arilyn is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance at the Royal College of Music as a Dolly Knowles Charitable Trust Scholar under the tutelage of Ieuan Jones. Prior to arriving in London to further her studies at the conservatoire level, she studied with Carl Swanson in Boston, Emmanuel Ceysson in New York, and others through the decade that she has been playing. She has had the privilege to participate in masterclasses with Marisa Robles, Fabrice Pierre, Catherine Michel, Marie-Claire Jamet, Park Stickney, Isabelle Moretti, and Gabriella Dall’Olio.
For eight of the ten years that she has been playing, she has worked in orchestras across the United States. In addition, she has toured internationally with Benjamin Zander and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Through these various musical opportunities, she has performed in halls worldwide including the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall (Royal College of Music, London), Symphony Hall (Boston), the Musikverein (Vienna), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), and the Centro Cultural Kirschner (Buenos Aires). Some of the highlights of her orchestral repertoire includes pieces such as Smetana’s “Moldau”, Mahler’s Sixth and Ninth Symphonies, Ravel's "La Valse", and the "Third Symphony" of Ralph Vaughan-Williams.
Arilyn has performed across the world as a soloist, notably at the London Salvi Showroom where she ended a recital hosted by the RCM Harp Department, playing the "Impromptu" by Gabriel Faure. However, her solo performances are not restricted to formal recitals. From the young age of twelve, Arilyn made it an important part of her career to volunteer at local hospitals and care facilities. She has performed at hospitals and on various military bases across the United States. Before moving to London, she spent considerable time performing at Newport Hospital (Newport, R.I.) and Charlton Memorial Hospital (Fall River, MA). Because of her volunteering, she received two community service awards; she was named one of the Top Ten Groundbreakers of Newport County (2017, Newport Life Magazine), and the Outstanding Youth Volunteer (2017, Newport Daily News).
2018- Present: Royal College of Music, various ensembles
2014-2018: Boston Philhamonic Youth Orchestra
2015: Boston University Tanglewood Institute Program
2014-2015: Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra
2012-2013: Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra
2011-2012: Bremerton Youth Symphony