Marta Sánchez López

(born on 8th May 1966 in Coronne, Galicia, Spain). Singer and songwriter. Her first hit with Olé Olé was "Lilli Marlen", a Spanish adaptation of the popular World War II German love song. She remained with the band until 1991 before deciding to pursue a solo career. In 1993, Marta released her debut solo album, "Mujer", which would establish her as a household name all over Latin America. Following this successful debut album, Marta released Woman, an English version of "Mujer". This made her one of the first Latin artists to do the English crossover. Marta's second solo album, "Mi Mundo", was released in 1995. Due to the success of Mi Mundo, Marta once again released her second album in English titled "My World". Her third solo album, "Azabache", was released in 1997 with the collaboration of Slash and Nile Rodgers. Also in 1997, she recorded the duet "Vivo Por Ella" ("Vivo per lei") with Andrea Bocelli. Marta released her fourth album, "Desconocida", in 1998 and in 2000 she led the musical "La Magia de Broadway". Her fifth album, "Soy Yo", was released in 2002 and sold over 200,000 units in Spain. In 2004, she released "Lo Mejor de Marta Sánchez" a greatest hits compilation with three new songs. The compilation also included updated versions (with new recorded vocals) of "Desesperada" and "Soldados del Amor" (from her Olé Olé days), produced by Carlos Jean. In 2005, she launched her first live album, Gira 2005: La Coruña En Directo, which was released on CD and DVD. April 2007 saw the release of "Superstar". It is Marta's most successful album in Spain in terms of charting and was certified gold. At the end of 2008, she collaborated with Carlos Baute with the song "Colgando En Tus Manos". On November 2, 2010 "De par en par" an album of duets, comes onto the market, in which Marta celebrates 25 year career in the music world. In June 2012 launched the single "Mi cuerpo pide más" produced by Christian de Walden.
Selected recordings: With "Olé Olé": 1986: Bailando Sin Salir De Casa; 1987: Los Caballeros Las Prefieren Rubias; 1988: Cuatro Hombres Para Eva; 1990: 1990. Solo Album: 1993: Mujer; 1995: Mi Mundo; 1997: Azabache; 1998: Desconocida; 2002: Soy Yo; 2007: Miss Sánchez. Colletions: 2001: Los Mejores Años De Nuestra Vida; 2004: Lo Mejor De Marta Sánchez; 2010: De Par En Par
Awards: Sanchez was chosen as Europride 2007's Special Guest and the album "Superstar" was named Spanish Album of the Year at the 2007 Shangay Awards.


Martha Schwediauer Southwick

(born in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, resident in Vienna), composer. She wrote her first compositions at the age of ten under the guidance of Sue Liu Wen. She studied at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst (composition, piano) and at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna (composition, piano, accompanying, conducting) She graduated in composition in 1983 under Erich Urbanner. Schwediauer Southwick taught at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz (1994-2001), at the Josef Matthias Hauer Conservatory /Wiener Neustadt (1992-2001) and at the Prayner Conservatory in Vienna (1999-2004). Since 2001 she has taught music theory and ear training at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
Selected works: The Peaceable Kingdom, after Greek mythology- music parable with 10 solo singers and speakers (Konzerthaus Vienna, 2007), Warum di di bum for baritone/ actor and brass band, after texts by Franz Schwediauer, premiere: Erla (Mostviertel) directed by the composer (Lower Austria, 2008), Unterwegs einer for brass quintet with texts by Helmut Kohlenberger (premiere: Erla, Lower Austria, 2008).

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Mercedes Sánchez Lucena

(born in 1968 in Córdoba, Spain). Composer and teacher. She studied piano, choral conducting and composition at the conservatories of Cordoba and Seville. Between 1998 and 2001 she worked as a professor at the Conservatory of Music in Cordoba and later at the Conservatory "Francisco Guerrero" of Sevilla. She has premiered works in different Spanish cities and her compositions have been recorded for RNE and Musical Documentation Centre of Andalusia.
Selected works: Dos canciones sobre El cuerpo deshabitado (1. Yo te arrojé de mi cuerpo- 2. Que cuatro sombras malas), 1993, t, pf; En soledad, 1993, t, pf; Llamada, 1995, symphony orchestra; Momento musical para cuarteto, 1994, 2 vl, vla, vlc; Noche de primavera, 1995, choir (3 voices- bi); Ojos claros, serenos, 1993, voice, pf; Tal vez la mano en sueños, 1993, t, pf; Tengo el alma llorando, 1993, a, pf; Variaciones sobre un tema de Mompou, 1994, pf