Olivera Dakić

(born in Pančevo, Montenegro, 28th August 1971), composer, arranger and pedagogue. She studied theory at the Music Academy in Podgorica and obtained her degree in 1993. In the same period she also studied in composition and has subsequently written music for the plays produced by the Children’s Theatre in Podgorica, Montenegro. For the State Textbook department, she composed music and arrangements for a CD entitled Pjesmoslov (Song abc-boook), the first project of the kind in Montenegro. She plays an active role in the creation of the new school curriculum for music which is part of the reform of the education system in Montenegro. Since 1993 she has been teaching in the Music School in Podgorica.
Selected works: Ženidba kralja Vukašina, 1998; Čarobnjak iz Oza, 1999; Ljepotica i zvijer, 2008

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Paola Devoti

(born in Piacenza, Italy) composer and harp player. She studied composition and harp in the "Giuseppe Verdi" Conservatory in Milan and then she attended courses in Italy and France with P. Jamet, J. Liber, G. Albisetti and S. Mildoniann and attended the Conservatory of Geneva. She won international competitions and auditions with various orchestras. She has collaborated with Italian and foreign orchestras with conductors of international renown and has done recordings for various labels (Stradivarius, MAP, Millennium, Bottega Discantica). She has performed numerous concerts in Italy and abroad for important events and associations, concerts as a soloist with orchestra and in various chamber formations. For several years she has devoted herself to composing and arranging. She has recorded various music for solo harp for the record label "Bottega Discantica".
Selected works: Tumbalalayka, 2010; Niggun: canto senza parole, 2010; Suite of yiddish melodies, 2010; Canto sefarditico, 2011; Freylekhs: frammenti di danze, 2008-10; Ikh hob dikh lib (Ti voglio bene), 2010; Absence. Two movements, 2011-12; Crazy Fantasy per fl and harp, 2012; Fantasia su temi tratti dal Simon Boccanegra per fl and harp, 2012; Atmosphere per cello e arpa, 2013 (unpablished).
Recordings: CD "Jewish Memories", 2012, composed and performed by Paola Devoti and presented at the Conservatory Hall in Piacenza, at the "La scala della Vita" Theatre in Milan and at the "Chiostro di Santa Cateriana" in Finbalborgo-Finale Ligure (Italy).

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Sanja Drakulic

(born in 1963, in Zagreb) pianist and composer. She graduated in piano (P. Gvozdic) from the Music Academy and specialized in piano in Nice, Weimar, Paris and Moscow (R. Kehrer). She studied composition at the Ecole Normale de Musique A. Cortot in Paris, the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, the Academy of Music in Zagreb (S. Horvart) and from 1987 at the P.I Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow (A. Pirumov, Y. Boutsko), winning the Master of Fine Arts (1992) and the Doctor of Musical Arts (1994) degrees and studied musicology and organ. She was a teaching assistant in composition at the same conservatory for two years. Her works have been performed by famous soloists, ensembles and orchestras in, for example Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, the Netherlands, Italy, Japan, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine and the USA. She also performs her piano works. She is a member of the Croatian Composers Society, the Russian Composers Association and the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. She works as an Associate Professor at the Art Academy/ Department of Music, J.J Strossmayer University in Osijek, Croatia. She teaches composition and music theory at international master classes and seminars. She is the programme director of the International Music Festival in Pula, Croatia.
Selected works: Five Intermezzos for piano solo
Awards: 1st prize at the All Russian Young Composers in Moscow (1993), Yeltsin Presidential Scolarship for composers. She has won numerous prizes for composition in Croatia.