Michael Mofidian baritone James Cheung piano
Michael Mofidian baritone James Cheung piano

Tuesday May 16th   1.05-2.05pm

Michael Mofidian baritone
James Cheung piano





Michael Mofidian Praised by Opera Today for his ‘impressive… warm but stentorian’ voice and ‘superlative diction’, Scottish bass-baritone Michael Mofidian studies with Mark Wildman and Audrey Hyland on the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music. He is a RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach scholar and a member of the prestigious RAM Song Circle, and is the grateful recipient of awards from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarships Trust (from which he has also received the Wiseman Prize), Help Musicians UK (Fleming Award), and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Prior to his studies at RAM he read Music at Jesus College, Cambridge, graduating with first-class honours. Operatic roles include Colline in La bohème for Vivo D’Arte, Noye in Noyes Fludde at Hampton Court House, Pinellino in Gianni Schicchi for Royal Academy Opera, and Ferryman in Curlew River, Parson/Badger in The Cunning Little Vixen and Father-in-law in Milhaud’s Le pauvre matelot for Cambridge University Opera Society. A composer as well as a singer, Michael greatly enjoys collaborating with composers and performing new works.

In concert, Michael has performed as a soloist with orchestras and ensembles including the Britten Sinfonia, His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts, and the Orchestra of St Paul’s. Recent performances include Stravinsky’s Les noces,Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem,Monteverdi’s Vespers and both Bach Passions (Jesus, Pilate and arias). A passionate lieder singer, Michael has given recitals in the Oxford Lieder Festival as well as numerous recitals with the Song Circle at RAM. In masterclasses and coaching sessions he has had the privilege of working with artists including Simon Keenlyside, Ann Murray DBE, Sophie Daneman, Roderick Williams and Malcolm Martineau. Michael’s upcoming engagements include a recital with Malcolm Martineau at the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh in October 2016, and his début recital at the Wigmore Hall in January 2017.

After completing undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the Royal Academy of Music and the Moscow Conservatoire, James Cheung has established a career in chamber music and song accompaniment.  As an accompanist James has been a Kirckman artist and performed numerous times at Wigmore Hall with Benjamin Appl, Jonathan McGovern and Anna Huntley. Under the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme, Cheung has appeared throughout the UK with sopranos Raphaela Papadakis and Alison Rose, and performs regularly in recitals with singers including Ian Bostridge, Joan Rodgers, Elizabeth Watts, Ruby Hughes, Marcus Farnsworth and Katherine Broderick.

This season James Cheung appears at the Banff centre for the arts in Canada, The Southwell Festival and at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden with Alison Rose. He will also perform chamber music at a music festival near Munich with Ingolf Turban, Maximilian Hornung and Gerold Huber, as well as partnering Christian Gerhaher in recitals at venues including the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and the Wigmore Hall.

James Cheung has recorded for BBC radio 3 in live broadcasts with Joan Rodgers, appeared on live BBC television with Ruby Hughes and was featured as a ‘new face’ by the Daily Telegraph.


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