Amaia Montero Saldias

(born on 26th August 1976 in Irún, Gipuzkoa, Spain). Singer and songwriter. She participated as a singer in the group "La Oreja de Van Gogh" from 1996. In 1998, the band was signed by Sony BMG after they won a Rock music competition in San Sebastián. Amaia then completed work on the band's first album "Dile al sol", making it the 20th best-selling album in Spanish history. The following albums have also been well received by the public with a tour through Latin America, USA and parts of Europe, and with more than 50 shows in Spain. La Oreja de Van Gogh's second studio album, released in September 2000, received the name "El viaje de Copperpot" (Copperpot's Journey). In 2003, they released their third album "Lo que te conté mientras te hacías la dormida" and in 2006, Amaia Montero and La Oreja de Van Gogh, released their fourth and last work together called: "Guapa". Amaia announced her departure from the group in November 2007, to launch a solo career. Montero recorded her first solo album in the Italian cities of Genoa and Milan, and mixed the songs at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles. This new record came after 11 years filled with hits with La Oreja de Van Gogh. It was released in November 2008 in Spain and went to number one there, in its first week. The self-titled album contains eleven songs composed by Montero. "Quiero Ser" was the first single released from the album, which peaked at number one in Spain, in its first week. Amaia Montero's second solo album 2 was released in November 2011 with the lead single being Caminando. In 2012, she recorded a cover of "Moon River" in Catalan entitled "Riu de lluna", for the CD of TV3's telethon La Marató.
Selected Works: With La Oreja de Van Gogh: Dile al sol, 1998; El viaje de Copperpot, 2000; Lo que te conté mientras te hacías la dormida, 2003; Guapa, 2006. As a solo singer: Amaia Montero, 2008; 2, 2011.
Awards: In 2001 they won an award for Best Spanish Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards held in Germany. With the album "El viaje de Copperpot", they won several awards, including an award for Best Group or Duet at the MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamérica 2004, and an Ondas Award for Best Album. The album also received a Grammy Award nomination, for Best Latin Album. In 2006, the band won a Latin Grammy Award for Best Pop Album By a Duo or Group, a second nomination at the MTV Europe Music Awards for Best Spanish Act, 3 nominations at the MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamérica 2006 for Artist of the Year, Best Group or Duet and Best Pop Artist. And in 2007 they received all audience acceptance awards at Viña del Mar International Song Festival 07.

Contact: www.amaiaweb.es

Ana Marković

(Belgrade, 7th July, 1977), completed music high school studies in flute and currently studies musicology in the Faculty of Music in Belgrade alongside world literature and literature theory in the Philology Faculty. She started writing during high school, with encouragement from composer Biljana Vasiljević-Drašković, creating works for flute and piano, duets and songs. New impetus came when, in 2002, she joined Kinovia, an ensemble dedicated to the performance of acoustic and electro acoustic music evoking distant imaginary worlds with sounds resembling folk music, and based on her love of mystical poetry. She is active as a flautist, occasionally playing keyboard, as a vocalist and is co-author of a series of albums: Snenia (2002), Basilico (2003) and Knjiga Pelinova (2007), the compilation Songs for Aliénor (2005) and Ninaj, ninaj. She has worked with Doplgenger on the experimental project Mirage_Inter (performed at the Cultural centre Studentski grad, 2008) and is active as a composer and arranger of music for acoustic performances, using elements of jazz and blues improvisation.

Ana Mihajlović

(Kuwait, 29th January, 1968), resident in Rotterdam, completed her studies with Zoran Erić at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade and with Louis Andriessen in Holland. She later worked with Ton de Leeuw, Nigel Osborn and Srđan Hofman. Her works were chosen three times for the programmes of the International Gaudeamus Week in Amsterdam. With her piano concert Mundus Sensibilis she won the Irino prize in Tokio in 1998 and the Annual prize of the Composers Association of Serbia in 1989. The turning point in her career was in 1990 when she wrote Story II and discovered the bass harmonica, which inspired her to explore and compose for unusual instruments and ensembles. Apart from the question of tempo, always present in her music, and folk music from the Balkans, Southern Europe and the Middle East, she has written music for many different ensembles including the Belgrade String Orchestra Dušan Skovran, Combustion Chamber, de Stichting Barka, Gamelan Ensemble, Axyz Ensemble - and performers Marcel Worms and Tatiana Koleva. Since 1995 she has been living in Holland where she works as a composer, DJ and performer of contemporary music. She is a member of Cloud Society, a group promoting her electronic music and she performs with the Duo Tatiana Koleva/Rutger van Otterlo as well as composing for the theatre and for video. Her most important works are: Les Baricades Misterieuses, for 15 solo strings (1988), Story II, for ensemble (1989), Concert for piano and orchestra Mundus Sensibilis (1993), Full Auto Shut – Off, for chamber orchestra (1996), Imploro grazia, for ensemble (2004), The Transformations, for solo marimba and electronics (2006), The Escape, for chamber orchestra (2006) and When Someone is talking, for marimba, saxophone, electric guitar, piano and electronics (2010).