I tailor my sessions based on the students previous experience as well as future goals. Focus lies on technique, interpretation of a wide range of repertoire, improvisation, band leading skills and how to communicate your musical ideas verbally and musically.
I am a professional vocalist with over 15 years of teaching experience. I have a degree in Jazz from Trinity College of Music in London. I was recently awarded 'Vocalist of the year' at The Parliamentary Jazz Awards.
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2002-2007 BMus (Hons) Jazz, Trinity College of Music
(First instrument), Voice (Second instrument), Piano
2000-2002 Music Diploma/Foundation, Colchester Institute
1997-2000 Swedish Music Gymnasium, (Equivalent to music A-levels)
1988-1997 Primary and Secondary School, Sweden
2018-(ongoing) Jazz/Pop Vocal Tutor at Southampton University
2018-External examiner at Trinity College of Music and Guildhall School of Music.
2018-Guest Tutor at Trinity College of Music
2015-(ongoing) Jazz/Pop Vocal Tutor and Musicianship leader at Brunel University
2017-Delivered Vocal Workshops for Ljubljana Jazz Festival and Cambridge Jazz.
2016-2018 Vocal Tutor at The Sligo (International) Jazz Project.
2008-2016 Principal Jazz/Pop Vocal Tutor at Camden School for Girls, Camden
2014-Vocal Experience Evening Course at LCCM.
2012-The Big Sing (Vocal Workshop at the Barbican as part of the LJF 2012)
Honours and Activities
2018-Signed to ‘Babel Label’ for new album ‘Loredana’.
2017-European Showcase artist at ‘Jazzahead’.
2016- Release of third album ELDA
2016- 'VOCALIST OF THE YEAR'-The Parliamentary Jazz Awards
2016- International Tour with 'ELDA Trio
2015-Awarded the 'Women Make Music Funding Scheme' Produced by PRSF
2015- Composer/Vocalist for 'One Hundred and A Dream' commissioned by the London Jazz Festival
2015-Awarded the Jazz Shuttle funding Scheme for French tour with Eric Legnini.
2015-Take Five Artist. (Produced by Serious).
2015-Vocalist for 'An Apes Progress' commissioned by The Manchester Jazz Festival
2014-Featured in the British Movie 'La Luna' by Dave McKean
2013-Featured as a vocalist on albums such as Kairos 4tet 'Everything we hold', Fringe Magnetics 'Clocca' and Sam Crowe's 'Towards the Centre of Everything.
2013-Nominated by Svensk Jazz for their so called Pulsslags Turnen.
2012-Named 'The new face of British Jazz' by The Observer
2012- Released debut album 'And so it goes…' on Babel Label, named as one of the top 10 best album's that year by JAZZWISE magazine.
2011- Winner of The MOBO Award together with British Jazz Quartet 'Kairos 4tet'.
My first time working with Emilia Martensson was on this year's course in Izola, Slovenia. I was impressed by the amount of progress I've witnessed with my singing during the week of the course, so I also decided to take a few one on one lessons with her. She helped me to improve my singing confidence, feel more free and relaxed when singing and let go of fear. Major progress was already seen after the first lesson. During the lessons I was introduced to a variety of different vocal technique exercises suitable for my voice type and the things I need to work on. I am also able to record all of the sessions, which is very helpful when practicing at home. I am always very excited about each session with her because it gives me a lot of encouragement and makes me feel inspired.
Emilia is an incredibly inspiring teacher who goes above and beyond to help you progress in your singing and your musical life in general. She is caring and kind, supportive and she really knows her stuff. Emilia has taught me for 8 years and I've never come across anyone who is quite like her. I couldn't recommend her highly enough!
Emilia is the best singer I have ever heard performing live and for me one of the best singers on the European jazz scene today. She does the music in the way it should be done and she also teaches it in the way it should be taught. Any singer at any level can gain very important advice from Emilia. She has the ability to see and bring out the best, as well as the uniqueness from you.
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