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Mimi Harmer

Council member

A cellist, composer, educator, and digital producer, Mimi Harmer has carved out a wholly unique and diverse career at the intersection of music, education, and digital technologies.

As a musician, Mimi is at the beating heart of the music industry in the United Kingdom. Her work as a cellist has taken her across the world, performing with a diverse roster of artists across disciplines, collaborating with producers, composers, and sound designers to bring innovative sonic ideas to life.

But her musical ambition doesn’t stop at performance. Mimi has marked herself out as a dynamic and expressive composer with her genre-blending works premiered by members of the London Symphony Orchestra and English National Opera. It was with these abilities that Mimi worked with Kathak dancer Mansi Dabral on Kanyaa - The Daughter, under the mentorship of Balbir Singh.

Above all, Mimi is an innovator using performance and composition to challenge convention - to pull the music industry into the future and bring people together. Mimi is currently combining her drive to widen access and participation in the arts with her knowledge of interactive technologies and skill as a digital producer to prepare an ambitious debut virtual reality experience.

With her ability to act as a bridge across the creative and digital industries, Mimi has presented her innovative thoughts and ideas for organisations including Adobe, ARTE, and the IMZ International Music and Media Centre.

In the education sector, Mimi has extensive experience shaping and influencing public policy with the goal of improving education for all. She has worked with senior stakeholders in the UK and the EU through her work with the Office for Students, European Association of Conservatoires, and as a teacher at Leeds Junior Conservatoire. She has also critically reviewed conservatoires across Europe.

Alongside her role on the ISM Council, she is a Fellow of the European Music Council, Director of the F-List for Music CIC, and Co-Founder of the European Performing Arts Students' Association.