Emily Hooker

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2018

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Piano

Location: National Opera Studio

Emily has recently completed a year as the John Wilson Junior Fellow in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Northern College of Music having previously gained a Masters of Music with distinction under the tutelage of Dina Parakhina. This followed undergraduate study at the Royal College of Music, London, where, in 2011 as a major prize winner, she graduated with a first class honours degree. A natural performer, she has enjoyed playing in concerts and competitions. First prize at London’s prestigious ‘Emmanuel Piano Trophy’ competition is one of her many successes and she was also a semi-finalist on the BBC’s ‘Classical Star’. Emily has achieved distinction in two performing diplomas; the ABRSM and LRSM. 
Emily has given many recitals at major London venues, including the Southbank Centre, Steinway Hall, and St. John’s Smith Square and she also embarked on a concert tour of Southern Switzerland and Northern Italy. She has collaborated with several orchestras in highly acclaimed performances throughout the UK and Europe, including notable accounts of the Schumann, Grieg, Saint-Saëns 2nd, and Beethoven 4th piano concertos. She also performed Mozart Piano Concerto no.24 in C minor with the Royal College of Music symphony orchestra and renowned conductor Roy Goodman, as a result of winning the internal concerto competition. Most recently, Emily enjoyed collaborating with conductor Peter Stark for a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no.3.
She has taken part in public master classes with internationally renowned professors, including Richard Goode; Dmitri Alexeev; Tatiana Sarkissova; Jura Margulis; Pascal Nemirovski and Andrew Ball. Following audition, Emily was awarded a place on the highly prestigious Tanglewood Summer Music Programme in the summer of 2013. In the same year Emily was also invited to give a lecture-recital at the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia. Earlier this year she was invited to perform in Moscow in a series of concerts celebrating the complete piano sonatas of Nikolai Medtner.
Aside from solo performance, Emily has always been extremely involved in chamber music, developing her skills under the guidance of distinguished tutors at Pro Corda, an International Chamber Music Academy for piano and strings in the UK. More recently, her focus has become centred around working with singers and she has taken part in several inspiring masterclasses from Julius Drake, Malcolm Martineau and Alice Coote amongst others. She has accompanied song recitals at Leeds Lieder Festival and in the Huddersfield Music Society Concert Series. 
Later this year, Emily is looking forward to taking up her place at the National Opera Studio on the Young Artists Training Programme, where her studies will be generously supported by Help Musicians UK.

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