Jonathan Papp is greatly in demand as a coach and accompanist, having shared recitals with Sir Thomas Allen, Cheryl Barker, Ian Bostridge, Sophie Daneman, Susan Gritton, Katarina Karneus, Christopher Maltman, Amanda Roocroft, Sergei Leiferkus, Marina Poplavskya, Moray Welsh and Catherine Wyn-Rogers, amongst others. Venues have ranged from London’s Wigmore Hall to the Sydney Opera House. He has made radio and television broadcasts here and abroad with such artists as Dame Kiri and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. He has worked as both coach and recital partner with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa for over seventeen years. He has given Masterclasses at the Royal Opera House and abroad, including Japan and New Zealand. He has been on the staff of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, for the Royal Opera House, the Walton Foundation in Ischia and for the Tosti Institute in Ortona. In 2004 he co-founded the Georg Solti Accademia in Italy, of which he is Artistic Director, working alongside an expert hand-picked faculty and inviting an impressive range of artists to give masterclasses, including Frederica von Stade, José Carreras, Richard Bonynge and Angela Gheorghiu. He trained at the RAM in London, where he won prizes for piano accompaniment, solo playing and chamber music, and was appointed the Hodgson Fellow for piano and an Associate of the Royal Academy. He undertook further postgraduate studies with Bruno Canino in Milan and Geoffrey Parsons in London. Jonathan Papp was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 2014. Papp is a member of the Vocal Faculty and the Opera School at the RAM.
Annette Saunders won many prizes while studying at the Royal Academy and Royal College of Music as a pianist and accompanist, and was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music last year. She completed her studies as a Trainee Repetiteur at ENO. As a coach or repetiteur since 1994, Annette has worked regularly for the Jette Parker Young Artists at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Opera North; Buxton Festival; the Royal College of Music and Garsington Opera. She also spent many years working for Glyndebourne; the Britten-Pears School, Aldeburgh and English National Opera. This includes harpsichord, orchestral piano, celeste and organ. This will be her fourth year as Head of Music for Buxton Festival. She has over twenty years experience as a chamber musician working with singers and instrumentalists across the UK, the USA and Europe and has played in several live broadcasts for Radio 3 and Classic FM. Education work is also very important to Annette. She spent five years with the Baylis Programme at ENO and has taken part in projects for Glyndebourne, Opera North, and the Barbican Centre. In 2012 she went to Zimbabwe to coach adult choruses and school choirs.
Audrey Hyland studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama,winning all the major prizes for acconpaniment and chamber music. She made her concerto debut playing Mozart’s concerto k413 with Glasgow Festival Strings. Shortly after leaving the Guildhall she won the Sir Henry Richardson Prize accompanists, and completed her studies at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada and the Britten Pears School in Aldeburgh, where she joined the accompaniment and coaching staff. Audrey is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music where she works with both singers and accompanists, and is also on the coaching staff for the National Opera Studio and the Covent Garden Jette Parker Programme.
Pianist Mark Markham made his debut playing Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini” with the New Orleans Symphony in 1980. A triple graduate (BM, MM, DMA) of the Peabody Conservatory where he studied with Ann Schein, Mr Markham has a multi-faceted career which utilizes all his musical gifts as a pianist in solo, collaborative and jazz repertoire. In addition to his performing career, he is also a vocal coach. His students perform regularly at opera houses around the world such as the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, the Liceu in Barcelona, Munich Gärtnerplatz and the Bolshoi. In 2015 a recital in Carnegie Hall marked the 20th anniversary of Mr. Markham’s partnership with soprano Jessye Norman. Together they have given over 250 performances in over 25 countries in venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, La Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, London’s Royal Festival Hall, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Salzburg Festival, Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus in Greece, and at the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize presentation to President Jimmy Carter in Oslo. In 1990 Mr. Markham was invited to join the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory, where he served for ten years as vocal coach and professor of vocal repertoire and accompanying. A former faculty member of Morgan State University, the Britten-Pears School in England, and the Norfolk Chamber Festival of Yale University, he has presented master classes for pianists and singers throughout the US, Europe, and Asia and has been a guest lecturer for the Metropolitan Opera Guild and the Johns Hopkins University. Contact: [email protected]
Pamela Bullock received a graduate degree in vocal coaching and accompanying from the University of Illinois, where she studied with renowned accompanist John Wustman. After establishing a studio in New York City, she worked for many regional opera companies and orchestras throughout the United States. In 1986, she was invited to become an assistant conductor at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, where she began a working relationship which continues to the present time. In 1990, she accepted a position as Korrepititor at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, where she worked for Wolfgang Sawallisch. Two years later, she was offered the post of head of the music staff at the Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels, Belgium, assisting music director Antonio Pappano. She moved to London in 2002, and since that time has worked at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and at the Royal College of Music, where she is a professor in the vocal department. Since 1995, she has done the musical preparation for several opera CD’s, produced primarily by EMI records, including La Boheme, La Rondine, il Trittico, Tosca, Don Carlo, Werther, and Tristan und Isolde. Throughout her career, she has worked with many prominent conductors, such as Bruno Bartoletti, Leonard Slatkin, and Giuseppe Sinopoli, James Conlon, and Daniele Gatti, and has coached singers including Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, Thomas Hampson, Christine Brewer, Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, Jon Vickers, and Frederica von Stade.
Leading recitalist and vocal coach, James Vaughan studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. After graduating with an honours degree in Musicology and Composition from Trinity College Dublin, he continued his studies with Norma Fisher in London and with Riccardo Brengola on an Italian Government Scholarship at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Despite many appearances as soloist, with the RTE Symphony Orchestra, at the Musikverein in Vienna and in recital for the BBC, his preference for working with singers soon led him to appointments as vocal coach at the Vienna State Opera and as Head of Music Staff at the VIenna Chamber Opera. Since then, he has worked regularly with leading singers and conductors including Abbado, Mehta, Harnoncourt, Chung, Pretre and Giulini, as well as Domingo, Carreras, Netrebko, Gheorgiu and Kaufmann. In 1998 he was invited to be Head Coach at La Scala Theatre in Milan by it’s Musical Director, Riccardo Muti. Since then, he has participated in over seventy productions for the theatre, touring with the La Scala company regularly throughout Europe, Asia and Australia. He has appeared regularly in recital with Leo Nucci, Fiorenza Cedolins, Barbara Frittoli, Jessica Pratt and Pretty Yende in venues such as the Musikverein in Vienna, the Pushkin Museum and Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, at the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York, and in London at the Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and St John’s Smith Square. He has worked regularly in masterclasses with singers such as Sena Jurinac, Christa Ludwig, James King and Renato Bruson and has held his own masterclasses frequently throughout Europe and Asia. He has recently featured in a special documentary film to celebrate La Scala theatre called “The Temple of Music” which was shown in cinemas throughout the world, and further television work for Sky Arte is scheduled for January 2016. In January 2016, he was awarded the Triumph International Award in Rome with Ennio Morricone and actor Michele Placido. He has been invited regularly to act as juror in vocal competitions including the Vinas in Barcelona, the Belvedere in Japan and the Vidisc International in Dublin.
Roberta Biondi studied in Italy, where she obtained a degree in the classics, history and philosophy at the University of Pisa.. Roberta has been teaching classes on Italian language and culture to the répétiteurs of the Solti Peretti Course since 2009, and she has collaborated with the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto since 2006, as General Assistant and as an Assistant to Corradina Caporello and Emanuela Pepi Ferrari.