Allegra Lilly

Allegra Lilly


Principal Elizabeth Eliot Mallinckrodt Chair

Allegra Lilly was appointed Principal Harpist of the St. Louis Symphony in 2013 and joined the orchestra at the start of the 2013-14 season. She has also performed with the New York Philharmonic; the Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and Charlotte Symphonies; and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Lilly has acted as principal harpist of several summer music festival orchestras, including Spoleto Festival USA, Festival dei Due Mundi (Spoleto, Italy), Artosphere Festival, Castleton Festival and National Repertory Orchestra.

Equally at home as a chamber musician, Lilly has performed with the Missouri Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Festival of Lexington (KY), Argento Chamber Ensemble, AXIOM Ensemble, and Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW. An avid promoter of new music, she gave the New York premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’s Absolute Ocean for soprano, harp and chamber orchestra with soprano Amelia Watkins and Camerata Notturna. Other notable performances of recent compositions include the American premieres of operas by Philip Glass, Guo Wenjing, and Toshio Hosokawa at Spoleto Festival USA, and the New York premiere of William Kraft's Encounters XII at the FOCUS! Festival with percussionist David Stevens.

Since making her solo debut at the age of 12 with the Detroit Symphony, Lilly has appeared as soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, International Symphony, Metro Chamber Orchestra, and numerous orchestras throughout her home state of Michigan. As a solo competitor, she has taken third place in the Concours International de Harp in Nice and second place in the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition.

Born in Detroit, Lilly began her study of the harp with Ruth Myers at age seven. She moved to New York at eighteen to join the studio of New York Philharmonic Principal Harpist Nancy Allen at The Juilliard School, where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees.