Allegra Lilly is the Principal Harpist of the St. Louis Symphony. A highly sought-after orchestral musician, she has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Charlotte Symphonies, the Boston Pops and Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestras, the All-Star Orchestra, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Lilly acted as substitute principal harpist for the Boston Symphony's 2015 Tanglewood season and European tour, and she appears on the BSO's 2016 Grammy-winning album, Shostakovich: Under Stalin's Shadow. She also appears on the St. Louis Symphony's 2015 Grammy-winning album, City Noir, and their 2017 Grammy-nominated album, Scheherazade.2. During the summer months, she has performed with the orchestras of the Spoleto Festival USA, Festival dei Due Mundi (Spoleto, Italy), Artosphere Festival, Castleton Festival, and National Repertory Orchestra.
Ms. Lilly was recently named Principal Harp Faculty of the Brevard Music Center, and has given master classes at the Tanglewood Music Center, Boston University, and University of Ottawa. She has also coached orchestral and chamber music for New World Symphony and The Juilliard School's Pre-College Division. As a chamber musician, Ms. Lilly has appeared as a guest artist with the Missouri Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, Argento Chamber Ensemble, AXIOM Ensemble, and Carnegie Hall's Ensemble ACJW (now Ensemble Connect).
Born in Detroit, Ms. Lilly began playing the piano at age five and began studying the harp at age seven as a student of Ruth Myers. She also studied extensively with Judy Loman and the late Lucile Lawrence. Ms. Lilly made her solo debut at the age of 12 with the Detroit Symphony, and has since appeared as soloist with the St. Louis Symphony, Juilliard Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, and International Symphony. She moved to New York at eighteen to study with Nancy Allen at The Juilliard School, where she earned bachelor's and master's degrees.