daïmon is a collective based in the UK, founded by a group of four young performers from across Europe, eager to bring a varied range of repertoire to a wide audience.
We aim to offer shows of depth and quality, with musical and dramatic unity, exploring modern and contemporary repertoire as well as more classical pieces. 

 

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José Javier Ucendo Malo

(founding member)

Spanish pianist José Javier Ucendo started his studies at the age of 9. His undergraduate studies led him to Castellón, where he was trained under the tutelage of Juan Carlos Cornelles. He graduated in Masters of Music Performance in 2016 from the Estonian Academy of Music (Prof. Ivari Ilja and Ave Sikk) and in 2018 in MMus Accompaniment from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Prof. Fali Pavri and Scott Mitchell). From September 2018 he will be part of the Alexander Gibson Opera School of RCS as student in the MMus Repetiteurship course next year.

He has participated in several courses and masterclasses with teachers like Boris Berman, Petras Geniusas, Claudio Martínez-Mehner, Peter Bithell, Marco Tezza and Malcolm Martineau among others. As accompanist, he often collaborates with soprano Héloïse Bernard, with whom he received a prize at the Lied-duo competition of the Estonian Music Academy. In Glasow, he works as freelance accompanist and repetieur. He accompanies the choir of the Arkleston singers (Paisley), and has recently been appointed organist and Musical Director at the Cadder Parish Church.

José Javier is a proud recipient of the RCS Trust Scholarship, the Sam Hutchings Accompaniment Fellowship and the Alex Menzies Memorial Fund Prize for an outstanding piano accompanist.

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Jasmine Munns

(founding member)

British soprano Jasmine Munns recently graduated with a Masters degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, under the tutelage of Elizabeth McCormack. She is a founding member of the new music company daïmon based in Glasgow and Paisley.

Jasmine’s upcoming engagements include making her debut with Fife Opera playing the role of Fairy Godmother (Cendrillon) later this year, and more performances with daïmon.

Recent opera engagements include performing in RCS Opera Scenes, performing the roles of Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen) and the Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte). She has also sung in the chorus for Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angelwith Scottish Operaand Dove’s The Day After(directed by ENO’s creative team), Marie (La fille de regiment) with Opera Bamba, Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Despina (Così fan tutte) with RCS, Amor (L’incoronazione de Poppea) with RCS, and The Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute) with Leeds University Opera Society, for which she was awarded Best Supporting Actress by the Wharfedale Festival of Theatre.

Born into a family of musicians, began singing lessons at the age of 6 with her grandmother Sally Johnson. She graduated with First Class Honours from the University of Leeds in 2016 where she studied singing with the late Jane Anthony and Sarah Estill. She also spent her Erasmus year at ArtEZ Hogeschool voor der Kunsten, receiving tuition from Marjan Kuiper. She received her dipABRSM with distinction in February 2016.

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Mathew Oliver

(founding member)

Mathew is a Scottish tenor based in Paisley where he is currently receiving lessons from Simon Hannigan. Having trained as a guitarist at the RSAMD Junior Academy Mathew started singing more seriously when he played the role of Javert in Paisley Grammar's production of Les Miserables. Although he has always sang baritone Mathew is currently transitioning to becoming a tenor and is enjoying this new approach to singing. Previously Mathew has performed with Schola Benedicti, Scottish Opera's Connect Chorus, Bourock Parish Church Choir, Starlight Youth Music Theatre, Glasgow University's Cecilian Society, Mad Props Theatre and Paisley Opera among others. Most recently Mathew performed as part of the community chorus for Scottish Opera's production of Pagliacci and he is looking forward to being the assistant director for Paisley Opera's production of La Bohème (his favourite opera) in addition to being in the chorus.

In 2016 Mathew founded Opera Bamba which is where he met Héloïse, Jasmine, Javier and Lorenzo and he is excited to be working on this collaborative project with such talented and wonderful people.

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Héloïse Bernard

(founding member)

Héloïse is a French soprano based in Glasgow. After graduating from a Masters in French Literature in Paris, as well as a drama curricula at the Conservatoire de Créteil, she completed her vocal studies degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, with Wilma MacDougall.

Alongside José Javier Ucendo, Jasmine Munns, and Mathew Oliver, she is one of the founding members of the daïmon collective.

On stage she has sung Dido, in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with the Young Baroque Ensemble conducted by Reinut Tepp in Rapla and Tallinn, Estonia ; Missia Palmieri in The Merry widow by Lehar's, as well as Eurydice in Orphée aux Enfers by Offenbach at the Festival d'opera bouffe d'Etriché ; Amore in L’incoronazione di Poppea, by Monteverdi, at the Macintosh Art Center in London, with the ensemble OrQuesta ; Susanna in Mozart’s Nozze di Figaro in July, with the Opera de Castelló, conducted by Josep Gil.

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Lorenzo Sánchez Pérez

Born in Madrid, Lorenzo began his musical studies at the age of 4 and began playing the violin when he was 9 years old. He studied violin at the Royal Conservatoire of Madrid and later at the Conservatoire of Music of Cordoba "Rafael Orozco". He studied for his Masters at ArtEz hogeschool voor de kunsten under the tutelage of Sarah Kapustin and continued his studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Gina McCormack and Ruth Crouch.

He has been a member of the Young Community of Madrid Orchestra, from which he received a scholarship for his studies, and worked with many orchestras such as the Madrid Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Spain. His experience includes works with chamber groups, symphony orchestras and as soloist.

He is currently teaching upper strings for Big Noise, Sistema Scotland.