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Jocelyn Freeman

Pianist


Award-winning collaborative pianist Jocelyn Freeman is founder-director and curator of SongEasel, a new initiative set up to provide a platform for song in South East London. Her artistry has been described as "outstanding", "brilliant", "sparkling" and "one to watch", including accolades from International Piano Magazine. Her approach to recital programming combines stimulating imagination with discerning curiosity. Engagements have taken her to four ontinents, including television and radio broadcasts in both the UK and Germany on BBC, Sky, S4C, ARD and RTL television. Recent appearances include Blackheath Halls, Wigmore Hall, Oxford's Sheldonian Theatre, and many return visits to festivals and music clubs around the UK. A keen communicator to a wide audience, Jocelyn has been interviewed for several industry and lifestyle publications.

Together with standard song repertoire, and concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg, Liszt, Rachmaninov and Gershwin, Jocelyn's repertoire champions a variety of lesser-known composers including CPE Bach, George Dyson, Dilys Elwyn-Edwards and Morfydd Owen, and contemporary composers including Christopher Bramneld, Alissa Firsova, John Metcalfe, James MacMillan and Judith Weir. Collaborative highlights include performing and recording with award-winning artists Elin Manahan Thomas, Fleur Barron, Stuart Jackson, Gareth Brynmor John and Julien Van Mellaerts. In 2013, she released her debut solo piano album Night and Novelties, following this in 2018 with Mae Hiraeth yn y Môr, a disk of songs by Dilys Elwyn Edwards with Elin Manahan Thomas for Ty Cerdd.

Future projects include releasing a disc of Lieder by Clara Schumann and Rhian Samuel, performing Beethoven’s complete sonatas for piano and cello with Jamal Aliyev, Mozart and Beethoven concertos at St Martin-in-the-Fields and Oxford Proms, and curating a project entered around the milieu of the Wanderlust concept.

Jocelyn studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Pascal Nemirovski and Michael Dussek, graduating with numerous prizes. In 2012 she was awarded the Phoebe Benham Fellowship from the Royal College of Music, and is a Samling Artist and Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme alumnus. In Snape Maltings, as recipient of the Viola Tunnard Young Artist Award, she curated a Lieder recording project and performed in the Aldeburgh Festival. Prizes include Gold at the International Marlow Concerto Competition and 2nd Prize at the Internationalen Wettbewerb für Liedkunst in Stuttgart. Jocelyn is grateful for the support of the Carne Trust, McInroy & Wood, the Oleg Prokofiev Trust and the Nicholas Boas Foundation.