daïmon is a collective based in the UK, founded by a group of three 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.
José Javier Ucendo Malo
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.
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.
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.
Swedish flautist Hanna Vigren moved to Glasgow in 2016 after completing her Bachelor degree at the Academy of Music and Drama in her hometown, Gothenburg. In July 2018, she graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a Master’s Degree in Music Performance. She studied with Katherine Bryan, Alison Mitchell and Janet Richardson during her masters, and is currently taking the continuing education course at RCS with lessons from Helen Brew and Ruth Morley. Hanna is a keen chamber musician and formed a duo with the soprano Héloïse Bernard in 2018. She also plays in aflute/cello/piano trio. Hanna is a volunteer at Drake Music Scotland and has been an assistant in SCO’s Creative Learning projects: SCO VIBE and SCO Soundmoves during the summer 2019.
We are glad that Hanna is joining daïmon for their Fringe performance of Eclipse.
Hailing from West Yorkshire, bass baritone Will Frost (21) is on his way to finishing his fourth year undergrad. Singing in Opera Norths Tosca (2008), LYO Elise d'amor (Belcore) (2015), Hansel und Gretel (Father) (2014), Opera Castelló Marriage of Figaro (Bartolo)(2018) and B in the World Premier of The Next Station is Green Park (2019). He also frequently appears in chorus such as in BYOs Don Giovanni (2017), RCSs Die Fledermaus (2017), The Day After (2018) and Street Scene (Vincent) (2018). Notable engagements include covering the bass role for RSNO's Mozart Requiem, competing in the Junior Kathleen Ferrier, winning the Governors Chamber music prize in RCS and being the soloist at the Usher Hall CLIC Sargent annual Concert. Most recently performing in a world Premier quartet by Sir J MacMillan for HRH Prince Charles in Dumfries House and performing as Pilatus in SCCs St John’s Passion and Jesus in the HCS production. Will is kindly supported by The Countess of Munster Musical Trust.
We are glad that Will is joining daïmon for their Fringe performance of Eclipse.