Ema Nikolovska studied on the Artist Masters programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 2016-2018, with Professors Rudolf Piernay and Susan McCulloch. From September 2018, Ema joins Guildhall’s Opera Course for two years, on full scholarship. Ema was born in Skopje, Macedonia and spent most of her life in Toronto, Canada where she studied voice privately with Helga Tucker for seven years, and also completed undergraduate studies in violin performance on full scholarship at The Glenn Gould School with Paul Kantor and Barry Shiffman. Ema won the 2018 Susan Longfield Prize at Guildhall, and First Prize and Audience Prize at the 25th Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards in Wigmore Hall. She was also a semi-finalist at the Jack Donnelly Memorial Mozart Competition in London as well as the 3rd International Christmas Singing Competition in Minsk, Belarus. Her work in opera has included Le Journaliste Parisien/Le Peuple de Zanzibar in the Les Azuriales Young Artist Programme’s production of Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Nice, France in August 2018), as well as covering the role of The Mother in The Consul by Menotti (Guildhall School production, October 2017), Ericlea in The Return of Ulysses by Monteverdi (Royal Opera House production, January 2018), and Mother Bayard/Cousin Ermengarde in The Long Christmas Dinner by Hindemith (Guildhall School production, June 2018). In Canada, Ema was named a Jeune Ambassadeur Lyrique for 2016, and has performed as a soloist with the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra.
Ema was a Voice Fellow in the Art of Song Program at the Toronto Summer Music Academy and Festival 2015 (masterclasses with Soile Isokoski and Martin Katz), a Britten-Pears Young Artist in 2016 for the Slavic Song Course in Aldeburgh (masterclasses with Bernarda Fink), a participant in the 2017 Masterclasses at the Music Academy of Villecroze with Teresa Berganza, and the 2018 Les Azuriales Young Artists Programme. Ema was also a recipient of a Jacqueline Desmarais Grant to attend the Franz-Schubert-Institut 2017 on full scholarship in Baden bei Wien, Austria, and was invited to attend the Franz-Schubert-Institut once again in July 2018. Among her other work in art song, Ema was part of Graham Johnson’s Song Guild at Guildhall, as well as Thomas Hampson’s Lied Akademie at the Heidelberger Frühling Music Festival in April 2018; she performed a side-by-side recital with The Prince Consort in Wigmore Hall in May 2018, and was a finalist at the 2018 Oxford Lieder Young Artists Platform with Nathan Tinker. Upcoming projects include a recital at the Oxford Lieder Festival in October with pianist Dylan Perez, and performing Ligeti’s Síppal, dobbal, nádihegedüvel for mezzo and percussion ensemble in Milton Court Concert Hall as part of BBC Radio 3’s Ligeti Total Immersion day on 2 March, 2019. Ema is grateful to the Leverhulme Trust and the Elizabeth Sweeting Award for supporting her Masters studies, and to the Countess of Munster Musical Trust as a recipient of their ‘Star Award’ for 2018-2019.