Léonie Sonning Talent Prize 2012

Sofie Elkjær Jensen

Sofie Elkjær Jensen started as a 17-year-old on Slagelse Basic Music Course – while also completely her upper secondary education. She completed both in 2005, and was accepted that same year at The Royal Danish Academy of Music. In 2009 she won 1st prize in the "Friends of Opera" competition for young singers.

After only three years at the academy, Sofie Elkjær Jensen was accepted at the Academy of Opera as the first Danish soprano in seven years. In January 2010 she made her debut at The Royal Danish Theatre as Papagena in Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’.

Biography

Sofie Elkjær Jensen was born on 31 July 1985 in Slagelse. She took her first musical and dramatic steps at the local theatre, Krabasken, and later discovered her talent as a singer in the girls’ choir Nørrevangskirkens pigekor, which had Morten Bech as its conductor. Sofie Elkjær Jensen started as a 17-year-old on Slagelse Basic Music Course – while also completely her upper secondary education. She completed both in 2005, and was accepted that same year at The Royal Danish Academy of Music. In 2009 she won 1st prize in the ‘Friends of Opera’ competition for young singers.

After only three years at the academy, Sofie Elkjær Jensen was accepted at the Academy of Opera as the first Danish soprano in seven years. In January 2010 she made her debut at The Royal Danish Theatre as Papagena in Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’. During that same season she sang Blanche in Poulenc’s ‘Dialogues of the Carmelites’. In 2010, she founded the duo inDuo with the flautist Hübener – which gives many concerts in Denmark.

In May 2011, Sofie Elkjær Jensen completed her education at the Academy of Opera and now works as a freelance opera singer. She has appeared with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, The Southern Jutland Symphony Orchestra, at the Copenhagen Opera Festival and the Athelas New Music Festival. Sofie Elkjær Jensen worked until March 2012 at The Jutland Opera, where she was ‘cover’ for the role of Zerlina in Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’.

Scholarship from the Léonie Sonning Music Foundation

The scholarship is to be used for studying under Gregory Lamar in New York and under the opera singer Diana Montague in London.

Contact

Sofie Elkjær Jensen
c/o Pernille Westh Nielsen
Norgesgade 37, 4.tv
2300 København S

+45 6133 3637
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