I was born on July 14, 1978, in Flint, Michigan, United States. In 1987 I moved to Indianapolis, Indiana with my parents, Jay Harvey and Susan Raccoli, and my younger brother William. I am a cellist and have also studied piano and organ. I graduated from high school in 1996 and attended the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, from which I graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance degree. I then enrolled at New York's The Juilliard School, from which I earned my Master of Music degree in 2002. From 2002 to 2004 I was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. I was Assistant Principal Cellist of the Charlotte [NC] Symphony from 2004 to 2008, and am currently a cellist in the Dallas Symphony.
Besides music and royalty, my interests include religion, history, movies, and fantasy (including the works of Tolkien and Rowling). A convert to Anglicanism, I sing in the choir of the Church of the Incarnation, where I was baptized and confirmed at Easter 2009. I also sang monthly Choral Evensongs as a member of the choir of men and boys at St. Mark’s School of Texas from 2008 to 2013. I am a member of the International Monarchist League, the Society of King Charles the Martyr, Friends of Cathedral Music, the Campaign for the Traditional Cathedral Choir, and the English-Speaking Union, and subscribe to Majesty Magazine, the European Royal History Journal, and This England.
I have traveled extensively in Europe and the Americas. My first trip to Europe was in July 1996, when I went to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland with the New World Youth Symphony Orchestra of Indianapolis. In 2000, I attended the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany and also visited Denmark and the Netherlands. I returned in 2001 to the same festival which this time included a tour of the capitals of Estonia, Latvia, Finland, and Denmark. In June 2002 I made my first visit to the United Kingdom, for the Queen's Golden Jubilee Weekend celebrations in London. In February 2004 I spent a week in Rome, Italy with the New World Symphony. I participated in the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland in the summer of 2004. In August 2007 I returned to the UK, participating in WDAV's tour of Scotland, and then went on to Italy, staying with friends in Rome. I spent most of summer 2009 in England, singing with the Incarnation choir at Lichfield Cathedral and Westminster Abbey and with the St. Mark's choir at Chichester, Southwark, and Canterbury cathedrals. In August 2010 I visited Salisbury and attended the Edington Music Festival. In July 2011 I returned to England with the Incarnation choir, singing services at Canterbury Cathedral, St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, and Westminster Abbey, after which I visited Belgium & (briefly) Germany and attended the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester. Of course I would not have dreamed of missing Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee in June 2012, a once-in-a-lifetime experience after which I attended a conference on the history of the monarchy at Kensington Palace and participated in an "Executed Queens Tour" of sites pertaining to Tudor history. In March 2013 I spent three days in London before joining the Dallas Symphony on a fantastic European tour, with concerts in the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, and Belgium.
On six occasions I have been privileged to meet members of the world's royal families. In May 1999 I had the opportunity to perform for and talk to HRH Princess Irene of Greece in Bloomington, Indiana, at a gala concert organized in her honor by Professor Emile Naoumoff. More briefly, in September 2000 I greeted TRH Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde (now King and Queen) of Belgium during their visit to New York City. In January 2002 I met HIRH Archduke Geza of Austria & Hungary when he was the guest speaker at a reception following the requiem mass for King Louis XVI of France. At the October 2006 Eurohistory conference near San Francisco I had the pleasure of meeting and dining with TH Prince Gregory and Princess Carrie of Bourbon-Two Sicilies. In August 2013 in Kabul I met both HH Prince Nadir Naim and HRH Prince Mirwais of Afghanistan when teaching cello at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. Most recently, in September 2014 I met Sarah, Duchess of York when she was the guest of honour at the Dallas Symphony opening gala.
Dallas Symphony Biography
Musical Performances Online:
"Heir to the Throne" (original song for Tsarevich Alexei) Piano, accompanying Weston Blair, treble (December 2009)
Fantasia (Gordon Jacob) Piano, accompanying Claire Charbonneau, euphonium (February 2011)
Walton Cello Concerto with Susan Kitterman and the New World Youth Symphony Orchestra (November 11, 2012)
Geminiani Sonata VI with Elliot Figg, Igreja da Consolação, São Paulo, Brazil (May 29, 2013)
Debussy Sonata 1, 2, 3 with Myung-Jin Wright, University of North Texas (November 4, 2013)
Ravel Trio with Myung-Jin Wright and Eunice Keem, University of North Texas (November 4, 2013)
The Swan (Saint-Saëns) with Anastasia Markina, piano and Juliann Hyde, dancer, Dallas Museum of Art (January 11, 2014)