Skaila Kanga studied piano and singing at the Royal Academy of Music. She is renowned for her extensive career in classical, pop and media, with credits including four Harry Potter films, Disney musicals and James Bond films. Her album and concert credits include artists such as Elton John, Sting, Frank Sinatra, Plácido Domingo, James Galway and many more.
For 25 years, Kanga was the solo harpist of the Nash Ensemble, and since 1971 the principal harpist of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields under Sir Neville Marriner. Her solo recordings are available on Naxos, Chandos, ASV Records and Hyperion.
Kanga began teaching at the Royal Academy of Music in 1988, and in 1993 established the Academy Harp Ensemble. Kanga is regularly invited to sit on juries, and has given lecture recitals and masterclasses all over the world. Kanga has composed and arranged 21 books of harp music, and her articles have appeared in Gramophone magazine and BBC Music Magazine among others. Kanga was honoured to be featured in the Musicians’ Union magazine’s Hall of Fame article in 2010.