In 2019 Ema was selected as a BBC New Generation Artist and was a prize-winner at the YCAT International Auditions held at Wigmore Hall.


Ema Nikolovska red backgroundShe also won 1st Prize (the ‘Eugène Panebakker LiedDuo Award’) with Michael Sikich at the International Vocal Competition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and the Ferrier Loveday Song Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards.

This season Ema joins the Berlin Staatsoper International Studio, where she will initially cover and perform roles in Hansel and Gretel, The Magic Flute, and Babylon (Jorg Widmann).

On the concert platform she takes the role of Tangia in Gluck’s Le Cinesi with Les Musiciens du Louvre, and gives recitals at the Pierre Boulez Saal, Wigmore Hall, Heidelberger-Frühling Festival, Schubertíada Barcelona and Berlin Konzerthaus. She collaborates with Malcolm Martineau, Wolfram Rieger, Sir Andràs Schiff and Barry Shiffman, among many others.

Highlights over the last year include recording for BBC Radio 3, the Banff and Toronto Summer Music Festivals; appearing as soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, taking part in a Leeds Lieder Gala concert at Wigmore Hall, recitals for the Oxford Lieder Festival and Glenarm’s Festival of Voice in Belfast, and performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 in Berlin Cathedral.

At Guildhall Opera Ema’s roles included Celia (La fedeltà premiata), Sister Edgar (The Angel Esmeralda) and Dido (Dido and Aeneas). She also took part in the Verbier Academy’s Atelier Lyrique, the Creative Dialogue XI Symposium led by Kaija Saariaho and performed Ligeti’s Síppal, dobbal, nádihegedüvel broadcast by Radio 3.

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 in 2020 completed 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.

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 Sylva Gelber Grant, the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund, the Shipley Rudge Scholarship, London Syndicate and The Countess of Munster Musical Trust for supporting her studies.


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Press reviews

Ema would have brought the house down - if there'd been anyone in the house

The Daily Telegraph  / Wigmore Hall with Malcolm Martineau / January 2021

...her exceptional communication and dramatic skill...was a tour de force of quite terrifying skill. / Leeds Lieder at Wigmore Hall / June 2019


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Sean Dunn - Artist Administrator [email protected]

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