Merlin Harrison studied the recorder with Pamela Thorby and Robert Ehrlich at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig. After a year of commencing his studies at conservatoire Merlin took up baroque oboe lessons with Gail Hennessy and now finds himself in demand as a doubling musician.
Merlin has worked with some of the world’s leading specialists in historical performance including Sir Charles Mackerras, Richard Egarr, Harry Bicket and for many professional period ensembles including the English Concert, The Hanover Band and the orchestras of English National Opera and English Touring Opera. He has made a number of critically acclaimed recordings for First Hand Records, Virgin Classics, Decca, Deux-Elles and Wigmore Live labels.
Merlin has performed at Europe’s most prestigious concert venues and festivals, including the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, Snape Maltings, Edinburgh International Festival and CarFest South in the UK, Urbino Early Music Festival in Italy, Europaïsches Musikfest Stuttgart in Germany and Les Chants de la Dore in France. In 2006 he was invited to join the junior panel of the European Recorder Festival in Feldkirch, Austria where he adjudicated more than fifty young professionals in the competition for solo recorder. He was also an adjudicator at the 2010, 2014 and 2018 Hong Kong Schools Music Festivals.
Merlin has been a member of The Flautadors since 2008.