Jaymee Coonjobeeharry

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2016

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Flute

Location: Royal College of Music

As a Scholar of the Royal College of Music, Jaymee Coonjobeeharry (flute) is in his second year studying for a Master of Performance degree, generously supported by a Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award and a Leverhulme Postgraduate Studentship, taught by Paul Edmund-Davies and Daniel Pailthorpe.

Jaymee graduated from Hertford College, Oxford in 2015 with a First Class Masters in Chemistry. Alongside his studies, he learnt the flute with Michael Cox and Robert Manasse. At Oxford, Jaymee played principal flute in the University Orchestra and University Sinfonietta. A growing interest in jazz at university led him to become Musical Director of the Oxford University Jazz Orchestra, and he now plays in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

As a concerto soloist, his recent performances include Ibert's Flute Concerto with the Zeitgeist Chamber Orchestra and the premier of a flute concerto, 'Candy Nebula', with the Asyla Ensemble, written for him by Hamish Brown.

Previously, Jaymee studied at the Royal College of Music Junior Department (RCMJD) for 8 years with Margaret Ogonovsky. During his time there, he was principal flute of the Symphony Orchestra, a finalist in the Peter Morrison Concerto Competition, and received the Sally Wainwright Woodwind Prize and the Freda Dinn Memorial Prize. He was selected to perform solo for a number of distinguished individuals, including the Palestinian Ambassador and Princess Alexandra. In 2006, Jaymee received a Gold Bursary from the ABRSM for gaining the highest mark in Grade 8 that year.