UK Foundation 2014/2015 Scholarships announced
Posted on 18 December 2014
The Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music recently announced their nominations for the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation (UK) scholarships which carry a grant of £10,000. The scholarships are awarded in conjunction with Dame Kiri.
UK soprano Sofia Larsson joined the Royal College of Music International Opera School, where she studied with Dinah Harris and received the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation (UK) Scholarship and a Helen Marjorie Tonks Award.
As the Drapers’ Baroness de Turckheim Vocal Scholar she completed her postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Distinction and DipRAM in July 2013, studying with Philip Doghan and Audrey Hyland, after completing the ENO Opera Works training programme in 2011 and gaining a first-class honours degree in Music from King’s College London in 2009. Recent operatic roles include Pamina in Die Zauberflöte (RCMIOS), cover Tartagliona in Jonathan Dove’s The Little Green Swallow (British Youth Opera), Zerlina and Despina (Winterbourne Opera), Bastienne in Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne (Grove Park Music Festival), Susan in Berkeley’s A Dinner Engagement (Waistcoat Opera), Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors and Girl in D’heudieres & Evans’s Poison Garden (Grimeborn Opera). Sofia performed the role of Deuxième Esprit in Massenet’s Cendrillon and was in the chorus of Die Zauberflöte for Royal Academy Opera.
Winner of the 2012 Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize and a member of Song Circle at the Royal Academy of Music, Sofia is a keen recitalist. She has performed in Oxford’s Christchurch Cathedral and Holywell Music Room as part of the Oxford Lieder Festival, Bristol’s Colston Hall, Bath’s Guildhall, Petersfield’s Festival Hall, London’s Queens’ Gate Terrace and Charlton House. In Summer 2013 Sofia was a Britten-Pears Young Artist in Aldeburgh where she worked on Schubert song with Christoph Prégardien, Malcolm Martineau and Richard Stokes. At the Royal Academy of Music, Sofia was awarded the Amanda von Lob Memorial Prize, the Andrew Sykes Prize and the Helen Eames Prize.