In 2019 Ema was selected as a BBC New Generation Artist.


Ema Nikolovska red backgroundIn 2019 Ema won 1st Prize ‘the Eugène Panebakker LiedDuo Award’ with 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.  

This season Ema makes her debut at the Lucerne Festival with Sir András Schiff,  appears as soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and returns to the Boulez-Saal, Wigmore Hall and Heidelberger-Frühling Festivals. She performs the roles of Celia (La fedeltà premiata), Sister Edgar (The Angel Esmeralda) and Dido (Dido and Aeneas) with Guildhall Opera.  In autumn 2020 she joins the Berlin Staatsoper International Opera Studio.

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. 

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

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


To book Ema please contact

Sue Hudson – Senior Artist Manager [email protected]

Jessica Bryden – Artist and Finance Manager [email protected]

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