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Jean Meikle Music Trust Prizewinners

Timothy End - pianist

Winner, with baritone Jonathan McGovern, of the 2011 Jean Meikle Prize for a Duo, Timothy End was awarded the MBF Accompanist’s Prize at this year’s Kathleen Ferrier Singing Competition held at Wigmore Hall.

Last year he won the Gerald Moore Award for Piano Accompaniment and prior to this was awarded the Parnell Award for an Accompanist at the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition Finals held at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in June.

Recent engagements include recitals in London with Sir John Tomlinson, a lunchtime recital with Jonathan McGovern at St James Piccadilly and his Park Lane Group debut with the trumpeter Huw Morgan at the Purcell Room.

Forthcoming engagements include recitals with bass-baritone Abraham Singer in London and Edinburgh and at Wigmore Hall with Jonathan McGovern.

Jonathan McGovern - baritone

Winner, with pianist Timothy End, of the 2011 Jean Meikle Prize for a Duo, Jonathan McGovern read Music at King’s College London and continued his studies with Philip Doghan and Audrey Hyland.

Jonathan was awarded 2nd Prize at this year's Kathleen Ferrier Awards, and was winner of the gold medal and 1st Prize at the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition 2010.

Recent highlights include recitals at Chester Music Festival, St James’ Piccadilly, the Forge Camden, Kings Place and the National Portrait Gallery.

He was a member of the prestigious Royal Academy of Music Song Circle, and will join the Britten–Pears Young Artists in September for a new production of Albert Herring. He made his ENO debut this summer as Jake in the world-première of Nico Muhly’s opera Two Boys.

James Baillieu - piano

Winner, with baritone Gerard Collet, of the 2009 Jean Meikle Prize for a Duo, James Baillieu is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Michael Dussek, Malcolm Martineau and Kathryn Stott.

He was awarded prizes at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, the Richard Tauber Prize and Das Lied International Song Competition in Berlin. James is a pianist scholar for the Samling Foundation where he has worked with Sir Thomas Allen and Yvonne Kenny.

Performances have included recitals throughout the UK, including BBC broadcasts, as well as in Europe. Recent appearances include at the Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Aix-en-Provence and Santander Festivals, and at Wigmore Hall.

Gerard Collet - baritone

Winner, with pianist James Baillieu, of the 2009 Jean Meikle Prize for a Duo, Gerard Collet studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Mark Wildman and Audrey Highland. He will continue his studies at the National Opera Studio.

He is the inaugural winner of the Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award, launched by the Southbank Sinfonia in collaboration with the Musicians Benevolent Fund. Prizes include the Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize, the Major van Someren Godfery prize for English Song, and the prestigious Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Award.

He received a Sybil Tutton Award, and is the recipient of a Maidment Scholarship, administered by the MBF. He is generously supported by the Countess of Munster Trust.

Daniel Johannsen - Tenor

Since being awarded with the 2007 Jean Meikle Prize for a Duo with Elena Larina, Daniel has appeared as Evangelista in Bach's St Matthew Passion at Wiener Konzerthaus, performed a concert at the Salzburger Pfingstfestspiele 2008, given a Masterclass on Schubert, Schumann and Wolf at The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music (Tel Aviv's Music Academy), and now has a Guest appointment at Volksoper Wien for the current season.

Elena Larina - Piano

Following her success with Daniel Johannsen, Elena has given a Masterclass for German Lied at the Baritonale Festival in Hamburg, and at the Ukrainian National Music Academy Kiev. She was appointed as official Lied coach of the Young Singers' Project at the Salzburg Festival 2008, and following its great success this year, she has been invited for 2009 too. Last season she gave recitals (Liederabende) in Konzerthaus Wien, Philharmonie Kiew, ACF London, and in the 2008/09 season she will perform in a recital cycle in "Bösendorfer Saal" Vienna "Elena Larina and her Singers" (4 recitals with different singers)