Bach Singers Prize – Past winners and finalists
Here are profiles of the previous winners.
2006 Elodie Kimmel soprano (France)
Elodie Kimmel began her vocal studies at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Genève studying with Gilles Cachemaille. In September 2004 she became a student on the postgraduate diploma course at the Royal College of Music studying with Kathleen Livingstone and graduated with distinction in June 2006. She won the first LBS Bach Singers Prize in 2006 with an accomplished presentation of Bach arias to an enthusiastic audience at London’s St. John’s, Smith Square. Having completed her studies Elodie has appeared in various recitals and concerts in the UK and in Glyndebourne’s staging of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in 2007. Since returning to her native France, Elodie has moved into Opera with performances this year in Rouen and next year at Versailles.
The other finalists were: Christopher Ainslie, Andrew Radley Lucy Page
2008 Jolanta Kowalska soprano (Poland)
Jolanta Kowalska is from Cracow, Poland and she won the 2nd LBS Bach Singers’ Prize in November 2008 with her beautifully devised and presented mixed Bach programme that included arias from Mass in B minor, Magnificat, Cantatas BWV 127 and Cantata BWV 211 (Coffee Cantata). Each finalist was also required to include a recitative and Jolanta chose hers from Cantata BWV 199. Chosen as a Polish Ministry of Culture scholar from 2004-2008, Jolanta Kowalska graduated with distinction from the Academy of Music in Cracow and, as a “Młoda Polska scholar, studied with Ameral Gunson at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has taken part in Master Classes with Paul Esswood and Barbara Schlick and in July 2008 won the Christa Bach Foundation award at the XVI Internationaler Johann-Sebastian-Bach Wettbewerb in Leipzig. Further information about Jolanta’s career can be fund on her website www.jolantakowalska.com
The other finalists were: Hugo Oliveira, Christopher Lowrey, Jonathan Sells
2010 Sarah Power soprano (Ireland)
Dublin-born soprano Sarah Power graduated from the National opera Studio in 2009 and continues her studies with Susan McCulloch. Among her numerous achievements in 2010 were 2nd Prize in the Kathleen Ferrier Competition and finalist in the Handel Singing Competition promoted as part of the annual London Handel Festival. She capped the year by winning the 3rd LBS Bach Singers Prize with her stylishly presented mixed Bach programme. Since then her diary has been well-stocked with recital, concert and opera appearances across the country and abroad. To follow Sarah’s career visit www.sarahpower.com
Sarah’s latest news: It has just been announced that Sarah will be one of Scottish Opera’s “Emerging Artists ” in 2014. 21 May 2013
The other finalists were: Thomas Elwin, Rachel Redmond, Greg Tassell
2013 Nick Pritchard tenor (UK)
Our youngest winner at 24 years old, Nick Pritchard is a former Choral Scholar at New College Oxford and is currently studying at the Royal College of Music on a Maidment Scholarship from the Musicians Benevolent Fund. His solo work ranges from Opera to Oratorio and his ensemble work includes appearances with the London Handel Singers, The Sixteen and the Monteverdi Choir.
He now has a very busy schedule singing Bach with various UK societes. To follow Nick’s diary visit his website www.nickpritchard.co.uk
The other finalists were: Anna Harvey, Esther Brazil, Alexandra Kidgell
2015 Anna Harvey mezzo soprano (UK)
Anna Harvey – Winner in 2015
Mezzo-soprano Anna Harvey studied on the opera course at the Royal Academy of Music under Elizabeth Ritchie and Iain Ledingham, graduating with the Alumni Development Award for a singularly distinguished studentship. An emerging artist, engagements this season include house debuts at the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar (Zulma L’Italiana in Algeri, Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte, Groom/Theatregardrobiere/Gymnasiast Lulu, Kay Die Schneekönigin), Landertheater Altenburg in Gera (Mayor’s Wife Jenůfa, Gold) and Theater Nordhausen (Page Salome). Other engagements so far include an appearance at the Last Night of the BBC Proms in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, a recording for Hyperion directed by Jonathan Cohen, a performance of Handel’s Messiah on Good Friday at the Royal Albert Hall, and covers of Octavian Der Rosenkavalier and Prince Orlofsky Die Fledermaus for Welsh National Opera. From May 2017 she becomes a WNO Associate Artist and recipient of the Chris Ball Bursary.