Canadian-Macedonian mezzo Ema Nikolovska studied voice with Helga Tucker in Toronto, and completed the Opera Course and Masters at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama, with Professors Susan McCulloch and Rudolf Piernay. Ema also completed a Bachelors degree in violin performance from The Glenn Gould School with Paul Kantor and Barry Shiffman.
Ema is a BBC New Generation Artist and prize-winner of the YCAT International concert auditions. Awards include 1st Prize at the International Vocal Competition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, 2nd Prize at the Helmut Deutsch Liedwettbewerb, both with pianist Michael Sikich; the Guildhall Wigmore Recital Prize, and the Ferrier Loveday Song Prize.
At Guildhall Opera Ema’s roles included Celia (Haydn, La fedeltà premiata), Sister Edgar (Lliam Paterson, The Angel Esmeralda, world premiere) and Dido (Dido and Aeneas). She was part of Verbier Festival Academy’s Atelier Lyrique, Thomas Hampson’s Heidelberger Frühling Lied Akademie, the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Baden bei Wien, and the Creative Dialogue XI Symposium led by Kaija Saariaho and Anssi Karttunen.
In the 20/21 season, Ema joins the Internationale Opernstudio of the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden, as a scholarship holder of the Liz Mohn Kultur- und Musikstiftung. Ema has received scholarships from the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund, Shipley Rudge Scholarship, London Syndicate, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, and is a recipient this year of a Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award.
EQ CONCERTS 2020/21
12 March 2021