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Nicole Panizza

Accompanist, Recitalist, Coach and Scholar
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Nicole Panizza is a renowned UK-based vocal accompanist, recitalist, coach and scholar. After completing her studies at the Elder Conservatorium of Music (Australia) she undertook postgraduate training in London with Malcolm Martineau and Roger Vignoles. In 2014 she was awarded her Doctor of Music degree (Royal College of Music): a performance-led study of American art song settings of the poet Emily Dickinson.

In Australia Nicole worked for Opera Australia and the Cologne and Covent Garden Opera Awards. In London she worked as Education Manager for The Royal Opera, Covent Garden. In Ireland she was a staff member of the Dublin Institute of Technology (Conservatory of Music and Drama) and University College Cork and has worked as an examiner for the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Nicole has been the recipient of many awards and bursaries including the Royal College of Music's Doctoral Scholarship and the Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship (Songfest). In the same year she was awarded an Irish Fulbright Award (Performing Arts) in support of visiting fellowships at Harvard University and Manhattan School of Music. She has presented lectures and performances at the University of Singapore, University of Bonn, University of Adelaide, Amherst College, Harvard University, Manhattan School of Music, The National Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, St James’ Piccadilly, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Music (UK).

Recent research includes an internationally released album Nature with the New-York based soprano Jane Sheldon, (nominated for Australian Classical Album of the Year 2014) and performances and lectures at Universidade di Averiro, Amherst College, University of Oxford and in Vancouver and Philadelphia. Current ventures include a recording project featuring song cycles by Juliana Hall with Brian Azawa, Martha Guth, Allegra Giagu and Grant Doyle; an interdisciplinary performance project based on the life and work of Emily Dickinson with Dr Sally Bayley, Prof. Suzie Hanna and the UK-based folk singer Hannah Sanders and the creation of an online digital archive of Emily Dickinson and music, in conjunction with US-based Dickinson scholars Georgiana Strickland and Dr. Emily Seelbinder.

Nicole is a founding staff member of the Zerere Arts Foundation (Portugal) and OzMosis (an ensemble that specialises in contemporary Australian music) and Chair of the UK-based company OperaCoast. She is a former Visiting Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute and Faculty of Music, University of Oxford. She currently holds the positions of Senior Lecturer in Music Performance, Coventry University.

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