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Ja Yeon Kang (Piano), Jonathan Sells (Baritone) & Sophie Junker (Soprano) - Lunchtime concert




Concert begins at 1.10pm and last approximately 40 minutes

Series: City University Concert Series

Free Admission


Rhian Samuel Spring Diary(first performance) for Baritone and Piano

Robert SchumannLieder und Gesange aus Goethes Wilhelm Meister, Op. 98a  for Baritone, Soprano and Piano


Pianist Ja Yeon Kang is currently studying with Graham Johnson and Ronan O’hora on the joint Doctoral programme at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and City University London, pursuing her doctorate degree, supported by the Leverhulme Trust. She has performed in the Barbican Centre, St. Lukes and Holywell room and was presented in the Guildhall Gold concert in Wigmore Hall. Recently Ms Kang won the accompanist prize at Guildhall, nominated for the Concordia award and was a semi-finalist in the Lyons International chamber music competition. Ja Yeon studied at the Peabody Institute for her Master’s Degree, receiving the Laura Adelberg Award for her chamber work. In her native Korea, Ms Kang holds a Bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University and is a regular lecturer at the Seoul Arts Center. She was invited to perform in the Abingdon Music Festival, Nice Academy in France, the Oxford Lieder Festival and the City of London Festival and also worked as a repetituer for British Youth Opera’s recent production, ‘Flight’ by Jonathan Dove.


Baritone Jonathan Sells was born in South London in 1982.  After studying Music and Musicology at Cambridge University, he took a Distinction in his Masters in performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and completed the Opera Course there, studying with Janice Chapman.  In 2009, he took 1st prize at the Thelma King Vocal Awards, won the Rose Bowl at the Guildhall Gold Medal and was awarded the Prix Thierry Mermod (CHF 10,000) at the Verbier Festival Academy.

A propensity for early music and a prodigious vocal range resulted in Jonathan Sells’ selection by William Christie for Le Jardin des Voix in 2007.  This led to solo debuts in Paris (Cité de la Musique), Madrid (Auditorio Nacional), Brussels (Palais des Beaux Arts), Lisbon (Fondacion Gulbenkian), Frankfurt (Alte Oper), London (Barbican Centre) and New York (Lincoln Center & Carnegie Hall), and further work with Les Arts Florissants.

Work with specialist vocal ensemble I Fagiolini has led to accolades for Jonathan’s performance of Pluto in Monteverdi’s Ballo dell’Ingrate, a work that he has recorded with the group following performance in the BBC Chamber Music Proms.  He was a finalist in the London Bach Society Competition 2008 and sings with La Nuova Musica.

Concert highlights this season include Weill’s Die Sieben Todsünden with Ute Lemper in Milan, Christus in JS Bach’s St Matthew Passion under Masaaki Suzuki, and Fauré’s Requiem with Clare College Choir and the Schubert Ensemble at King’s Place.  Jonathan will tour major European Summer music festivals as a soloist in Handel’s Israel in Egypt and JS & JC Bach cantatas with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir.

In December this year he will join the Israel Camerata and Clare College Choir for JS Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium in Israel, following a tour of Messiah with EUBO and the choir of New College, Oxford.

Jonathan Sells studied French song with Malcolm Martineau on the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, and considers song performance a very important part of his work.  Performances in 2008 included Schubert’s Schwanengesang and Winterreise (Chelsea Schubert Festival), Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (LSO St Luke’s), Poulenc’s Chansons Gaillardes and Tel jour, telle nuit, and Schubert’s Schulze Lieder for Graham Johnson.  Jonathan was recently invited to perform for the acoustic test of the new Britten Studio at Snape Maltings.

In 2009 he will sing Strauss Lieder and Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen in the Barbican Hall, share a recital with soprano Martene Grimson in Julius Drake’s Leeds Lieder+ Festival and perform Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch in the Chelsea Schubert Festival.

Jonathan is also the founder and conductor of the Solomon Choir and Orchestra, whose debut performances of Handel’s Messiah in London and Cambridge (with tenor Andrew Kennedy) met with great acclaim.  They performed Handel’s great oratorio Solomon in St James’s, Piccadilly, London in March 2009 with Micha? Czerniawski in the title role.


Sophie Junker was born in Belgium in 1985. She got a Vocal Master Degree as well as a Teaching Degree in June 2008, at the IMEP (Institut Superieur de Musique et de Pedagogie) in Namur with both high distinction. She is now a part of the opera course program at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is currently studying with Yvonne Kenny.
She sang the role of Maria in Bernstein's West Side Story with the conductor David Miller and her stage experience includes varied roles, such as Susanna (The marriage of Figaro) , Olympia( The tales of Hoffmann), Marcelline (Fidelio) and Atalanta (Serse) .

As a soloist, her recital experience includes Schubert’s Mass in B flat with the “Concorde” orchestra, Mozart’s coronation Mass with the Pro Musica orchestra, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Bach’s Christmas Cantata, Vivaldi’s motets, Couperin’s “lecons”  and many others.  She sang in Belgium in various places such as the Namur Royal Theatre ,  The Studio of “la Monnaie”, Liege’s cathedral, etc. Her recent works include Vaughan William's project directed by Graham Johnson, a performance as the Fairy Queen at the Barbican center for the "City sings" concert, a recital at the prestigious "Palais des Beaux-arts" in Brussels, a celebration of Schuberts’s songs at the Barbican center as well as a recital for the Oxford Lieder Festival.

Sophie has taken part in varied Master Classes with Jean Tubery, Claire Lefilliatre, Vincent Dumestre, Noelle Barker, Daniel Ottevaere, Edith Wiens and Emma Kirby.
She is generously supported in her studies by the Worshipful Company of Salters and the Ann Driver Trust.

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12.00am - 12.00amFriday 5th February 2010