Neva Krysteva

(Venelinova)(born in 1946, in Sofia, Bulgaria), composer, music theoretician, organist and pedagogue. She graduated from the “P.I Tcaikovski” State Conservatory in Moscow. She studied musicology with Prof. Yuri Holopov and organ with prof Leonid Roizman. Her postgraduate studies in organ  continued with Prof. Irji Reinberger in Prague and Zurich. Since 1973 she has been teaching  at the “Pantcho Vladigerov” State Academy of Music. Currently, Krysteva is Professor in contrapunct and fuge. Since 1974 she has been  enjoying an active concert career in Bulgaria, Europe and some countries in Asia. She performed twice in concert of all organ works by Bach in Sofia. Krysteva is a member of the Society for Contemporary Music in Bulgaria.
Works: Chamber music: “Heretofonic Miniatures” for organ, 1974, “Sonata da Chiesa” for flute/alto/piccolo and organ, 1987; “Reflection” for voice and piano after Goethe, 1995; “In memorias Exire” for piano, organ and percussion, 1997.
Vocal- instrumental works: “Mythological Songs” for two folk singers, organ, soprano and percussion, 1975.“The Top”- war madrigal after “The Volunteer –Fighters on Shipka”by I. Vazov for 12-voice mixed choir and organ, 1988 “Quantos Tremor” for mezzo- soprano, trumpet, violoncello and organ, 1989.”Five Pirin Songs for Wood–“Nymphs”for Jazz singer and flute, 1989; “Requiem” for mixed choir and organ after works by Sv. Obretenov, 1995. “To the Desert” (after the life of St. Maria of Egypt) for psalter, counter- tenor, folk singer, soprano, bass and instrumental ensemble, 1998. Seven Songs on William Blake’s “The Book of Thel” for soprano, counter-tenor (alto), viola d’amore and harpsichord, 1999.
Choral music: Five Songs for female choir after D. Debelyanov, 1991 “Missa Angellus” for female choir, 1993

 

Waltraud Köttler

(born and resident in Austria), singer and composer. She studied jazz voice teaching at Anton Bruckner University in Linz. She was an instructor at Konservatorium Wien University for 16 years and currently teaches at the Jazzseminar Dornbirn. She does vocal coaching and leads ensembles at “JIMS”, the  Workshop for Jazz and Improvised music in Salzburg. Her creative musical doings are marked by stylistic diversity. These include folk music, electronic music, pop, jazz, improvised music and ethnic music. Her own songs (in English and in the Viennese dialect of German) feature personal expressivity, intimacy and magic- it’s about “how” and not about “what”
Discography: the four Elements, Jens Winther, David Liebman/  Copenhagen (participation on CD); Innermusic meets the Outside with Andreas Thaller (cd, ex 464-2), Brilanza with Peter Herbert and Huw Warren.
Performances: voice for the radio play my private show by Eberhard Petschinka, ORF, Bones, performance with Anita Kaya (Dance), Vienna, Paris; premieres of works by contemporary composers for voice and strings with the Janus String Quartet, Salzburg.
Awards: Youngsters of Art Award, St.  Polten.

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Iva Kostić

(born in Herceg Novi, Montenegro, 31rst December 1992) jazz singer and composer. She graduated from the Music High School “Vasa Pavic” in Podgorica, where she studied classical singing and achieved many significant results. She attended many jazz workshops and worked with famous jazz musicians such as Patrick O'Leary, Tom Malito, Ehud Acherie, Leroy Williams, Eli Yamin, Sue Giles, Ari Roland etc. At the age of 17, she received a scholarship for the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she studied vocal performance and composition. Her first composition ("Zaba trazi okean") was performed at festival "Nasa radost" in 2009.
Selected works: The Battle, Serenity; After I Leave

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