Wednesday 10th August at 12.00hrs

Venue: St Michael's Parish Church

Soprano, Mezzo and Piano

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Vox Duo is an independent collaboration founded in 2018 between Scottish soprano Karla Anne Grant and British- Brazilian mezzo soprano Julia Martins Solomon both under the tutelage of Wilma MacDougall. Both are completing their postgraduate studies at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in June 2022, having both gained a First-Class Honours Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance in 2020 also at the RCS.

Praised for their blend of voices, Vox Duo have worked in close collaboration with classical pianists to present recitals of German lieder, French mélodie, Italian, English and Scots song, as well as oratorio, opera, and operetta. Vox Duo are versatile artists who enjoy exploring a range of musical genres and performance settings. They have performed across the UK in their own Vox Duo concert series, and by invitation at the Glasgow Art Club and Kodàly Erasmus+ Event in The National Piping Centre.

Vox Duo were proud to join Live Music Now Scotland in 2020. Together with Live Music Now they have performed for the Saughtonhall Women’s Union and Live Music Now Scotland’s ‘At Home’ series. Most recently, Vox Duo recorded a Christmas concert as part of Live Music Now Scotland for the National Galleries of Scotland in the Great Hall in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

In 2021 Vox Duo began an exciting new venture collaborating with the Earthtones Trio, recording new compositions by composer Euan Stevenson. In December 2021, Vox Duo released a recording of a new composition with Earthtones Trio, which has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour. Vox Duo now work with iOcco Music as iOcco Music Artists.

Upcoming engagements include singing in the Wellington Concert series in June 2022 and projects with iOcco music and Euan Stevenson.

Karla Grant is a Scottish soprano studying under the tutelage of Wilma MacDougall.

Most recently, Karla performed the role of Sandman in the Alexander Gibson

Opera School’s production of Hänsel und Gretel in January 2022.

Karla was recently awarded 1st prize in the Governor’s Recital Prize for singing, and Highly Commended in the Elgar Spedding Memorial Prize for Lieder at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. This year, Karla is a Leeds Lieder Festival Young Artist 2022 and Oxford Lieder Young Artist 2022/23.

Karla is proud to work with Live Music Now Scotland as part of 'Vox Duo', a vocal ensemble which she established in 2018. In December of 2021, Vox Duo released a recording of a new composition with Earthtones Trio, which has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour.

Upcoming engagements include Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Lyric Opera Studio in Weimar 2022.

Julia Solomon is a British-Brazilian mezzo-soprano studying under the tutelage of Wilma MacDougall,with a Masters in Vocal Performance having gained a First Class Honours Bachelor of Music (Vocal Studies) in 2020 also at the RCS.

With RCS, Julia has been involved in productions of Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel (Scottish Opera, 2017), Dove’s The Day After (2018), Weill’s Street Scene (2018) and the UK staged premier of Heggie’s Dead Man Walking (2019) in which she also performed the role of the Paralegal. Julia has also appeared in the chorus of Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti, Dorset Opera, 2019), Nabucco (Verdi, Dorset Opera 2019), and Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart, The New Generation Festival, 2019).

In 2020 Julia was a finalist in the AESS Courtney Kenny Award and the Governors’

Recital Prize for Singing. In 2022 she was awarded Highly Commended in the Elgar Spedding Memorial Prize and 3rd Prize in the International Concurso Brasileiro de Canto in São Paulo.

Upcoming engagements include Prince Orlofsky in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus at Berlin Opera Academy.

Praised by The Straits Times for her “admirable blend of sensitivity of musical understanding”, Singaporean pianist Jianing Ng has recently graduated as top of the keyboard department at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on the Artist Diploma course. She was also a scholar and attained her Masters in Music (MMus) and Bachelors Degree (BMus) with First Class Honours at the RCS. She studied under the tutelage of Jonathan Plowright, Graeme Mcnaught, Petras Geniuses and Aaron Shorr.

As a soloist, she has gone on to clinch major awards in conservatoire competitions – she was awarded Governor’s Recital Prize for the Keyboard (June 2022), 1st prize for the Walcer Recital Solo Prize where she performed a

series of 5 lunchtime and evening recitals in London last November, 1st prize at the Jock Holden Memorial Mozart Concerto Prize and RCS Concerto Competition where she made her debut performance with the

RSNO with the Poulenc’s Double Piano Concerto.

Jia Ning is also an active chamber musician and an versatile accompanist. She is an Oxford Lieder Young Artist as well as Leeds Lieder Young Artist Season 2022-2023 and has recently been awarded the Hester Dickson Accompanist Prize for Lieder.

She is also on the Live Music Now Scotland scheme with her duo – Celtic Pacifica, and they have performed at the Scottish Arts Club and National Galleries of Scotland. Together with her violinist, Paul Docherty, they have recently been awarded 1st prize at the Dunbar-Gerber Prize for Chamber Music and she has recently performed a series of concerts across Scotland with the Resol String Quartet playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto K.466 and Beethoven’s 4th piano concerto.

Jia Ning will continue to remain in Scotland for the next year, and is excited for new opportunities to come.