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Iúnó Connolly (soprano) and Dylan Perez (piano) perform Brahms, Debussy, Ravel

Friday February 1, 2019 at 01:10
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

Soprano Iúnó Connolly presents a programme of songs by Brahms, Debussy, Ravel and Ives, accompanied by Dylan Perez.

Iúnó Connolly is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music (MA DipRAM) and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (BMus Hons).

Iúnó has performed at various venues in the UK & abroad including the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence; Heidelberger Frühling Festival; ENO / Lillian Baylis House; Iford Opera; Royal Academy Opera; Aldeburgh Music, Snape Maltings; Benjamin Britten’s The Red House; Chipping Camden International Music Festival; St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Symphony Hall Birmingham. ?

She was a finalist in the 2018 Nico Dostal International Singing Competition in Vienna and is a winner of the Elena Gehardt Lieder Prize; the promising singer prize at the Dean & Chadlington Singing Competition; the Cecil Drew Oratorio Prize and the Vocal Competition at the International Eisteddfod. Previsouly a RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Soloist; a member of the Academy's prestigious Song Circle and a Josephine Baker Trust soloist.

She has been generously supported by the Rothermere Foundation; the John Wates Charitable Trust; the Alice Coombes Trust; the Winship Foundation and a Jennifer Vyvyan Scholarship. She trains with Raymond Connell.

Pianist Dylan Perez is a highly sought after recitalist, chamber musician and coach specialising in vocal repertoire. He graduated in 2018 with Distinction with an Artist Diploma and in 2016 with Distinction with an Artist Masters from the Guildhall School where he studied with Eugene Asti, Andrew West, Iain Burnside, Julius Drake, and Pamela Lidiard. Prior to relocating to London, he studied at the University of Michigan with Louis Nagel and Martin Katz.

Recently, he was awarded the Gerald Moore Prize for accompanists. He was also awarded the Paul Hamburger Prize for Accompaniment in association with a performance of Die schöne Müllerin, directed by Graham Johnson.

In February 2018, he won the Oxford Lieder Young Artist platform with contralto Jess Dandy.

Along with duo partner Iúnó Connolly, Dylan was a semi-finalist in the 2017 Das Lied International Song Competition in Heidelberg, Germany.

In April 2016, he was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier awards at Wigmore Hall where he, along with his duo partner mezzo soprano Bianca Andrew, received the Loveday Song Prize. He was a finalist in the competition again in 2017, and performed with Francesca Chiejina, Daniel Shelvey, and Eduard Mas Bacardit.

He has performed alongside the Prince Consort at the Wigmore Hall and in recital at other venues in London such as the Barbican, Milton Court Concert Hall, St. Martins-in-the-Fields, Cadogan Hall, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Dylan has performed in Pre-LSO concerts at the Barbican Hall and was featured in a BBC Proms Extra concert, broadcast live on Radio 3 from Imperial College. Recently, he was featured on a Radio 3 recital, performing songs by Richard Rodney Bennett with baritone Benson Wilson. He has also participated in the BBC Total Immersion series This Is Rattle in a concert curated by Thomas Ades.

He is an alumnus of the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Baden bei Wien, Austria, where he performed in masterclasses for Julius Drake, Rudolf Jansen, Helmut Deutsch, and Elly Ameling. Dylan is also a Britten-Pears Young Artist and studied there with Christoph Pregardien, Julius Drake, and Richard Stokes.

He has attended SongFest on the Martin Katz Fellowship and the Aspen Music Festival as a student of Ann Schein. He was a participant in The Song Continues masterclass series at Carnegie Hall with Marilyn Horne, Jessye Norman, and Dalton Baldwin, and was subsequently invited to be a pianist for their residency in Paris.

Dylan has also played in masterclasses with Renee Fleming, Joyce DiDonato, Dame Felicity Lott, and with Roger Vignoles, Brigitte Fassbaender, and Christian Gerhaher at Wigmore Hall.

Passionate about the voice, Dylan is closely associated with Professor Janice Chapman at the Guildhall School where he plays for her lessons, learns about the mechanics of vocal technique, and amasses vast knowledge for coaching young and mature singers.

Dylan is the founder of re-sung, a London based song recital series that focuses on the connection between text and music, with special interest on creating new interpretations of masterworks and championing contemporary songs.

Free recital (retiring collection)

St James's Church, Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly
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