Updated: Feb 20, 2021
The award-winning collaborative pianist Jocelyn Freeman is founder-director and curator of
SongEasel, an initiative established to provide a platform for song in South East London. .
Her artistry has been described as “... ever-sensitive... exemplary, whether taking the lead or in
discreet support.” (Richard Wigmore, Gramophone), “terrific control of texture” (Natasha
Loges, BBC Music Magazine) and "one to watch” (International Piano Magazine). Engagements
have taken her to four continents, broadcasting in the UK and Germany. Recent appearances
include Blackheath Halls, Oxford's Sheldonian Theatre, and many return visits to festivals around
the UK. A keen communicator to a wide audience, Jocelyn has been interviewed for several
industry and lifestyle publications.
Together with standard song repertoire, and concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg, Liszt,
Rachmaninov and Gershwin, Jocelyn's repertoire also champions lesser-known composers
including Dilys Elwyn-Edwards and Morfydd Owen, and contemporary composers including
John Metcalfe, James MacMillan, Rhian Samuel and Judith Weir. Collaborative highlights include
engagements with Fleur Barron, Stuart Jackson, Gareth Brynmor John, Elin Manahan Thomas
and Julien Van Mellaerts.
In 2013, Jocelyn released her debut album Night and Novelties, followed by Mae Hiraeth yn y Môr (2018) with Elin Manahan Thomas for Ty Cerdd, Song Lied Cân (2019) for the same label, and the critically-acclaimed Flax & Fire (2020) with Stuart Jackson for Orchid Classics. Future projects include Schubert’s Winterreise and Schwanengesang with Francesca Chiejina and Stephan Loges; recitals with Jamal Aliyev, Mark Padmore and Gemma Summerfield; and Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto at Oxford Proms 2021.
Jocelyn is a prize-wining graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, recipient of the Phoebe
Benham Fellowship at the Royal College of Music, Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme
alumnus and beneficiary of the Viola Tunnard Young Artist Award.
Prizes include Gold at the International Marlow Concerto Competition and 2nd Prize at the Internationalen Wettbewerbfür Liedkunst in Stuttgart. Jocelyn is grateful for the support of the Carne Trust, Victor Wood, the Oleg Prokofiev Trust, the Nicholas Boas Foundation and Arts Council England.