In 2019 Ema was selected as a BBC New Generation Artist, won 1st Prize at the 53rd IVC in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Ferrier Loveday Song Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and was selected by YCAT.
In 2019 Ema was selected as a BBC New Generation Artist, won 1st Prize – the Eugène Panebakker LiedDuo Award, with pianist Michael Sikich at the International Vocal Competition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Ferrier Loveday Song Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, and was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust.
Born in Macedonia, Ema grew up in Toronto where she studied voice with Helga Tucker and completed an undergraduate degree in violin at The Glenn Gould School. She received her Masters at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (with Professors Susan McCulloch and Rudolf Piernay) where she won the Guildhall Wigmore Prize, and is currently on the Opera Course.
Awards during her studies include the Gerald Moore Award Singers’ Prize, 2nd prize at the Helmut Deutsch International Lied Competition in 2018, winner of the Oxford Lieder Young Artists Platform, First and Audience Prize at the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards.
Highlights over the last year include a Schubert recital with Malcolm Martineau at the Pierre Boulez Saal, her debut at Wigmore Hall, singing in the final of the Guildhall Gold Medal in the Barbican Hall, and a performance of Ligeti’s Síppal, dobbal, nádihegedüvel broadcast by Radio 3. She joined Verbier Academy’s Atelier Lyrique and the Creative Dialogue XI Symposium led by Kaija Saariaho.
This season Ema returns to the Boulez Saal, Heidelberger-Frühling and Oxford Lieder Festivals. She performs the roles of Celia in Guildhall Opera’s productions of La fedeltà premiata by Haydn, and Sister Edgar in a commission by Lliam Paterson The Angel Esmeralda. Concert appearances include performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 in Berlin Cathedral and recitals at Lille Opera House and Glenarm in Belfast.
Passionate about song, Ema has been part of Graham Johnson’s Song Guild at Guildhall, Thomas Hampson’s Lied Akademie at the Heidelberger-Frühling Music Festival, the Britten-Pears Young Artist, Les Azuriales, the Music Academy of Villecroze and Franz-Schubert Institut programmes.
Ema is grateful to the Shipley Rudge Scholarship and London Syndicate, as well as The Countess of Munster Musical Trust for supporting her studies.