Merja Schiavone

Merja Schiavone (29/01/1960, Helsinki) is currently living in Joensuu. She is a teacher and master of pedagogics. She studied singing and piano in the conservatory of Joensuu and the first course degree of Sibelius academy. At the moment she is studying pop-jazz-singing. Her first compositions were born twelve years ago and now there are over one hundred. The songs are pop styled love songs and their words are mainly Finnish. She has held concerts of her own with a pianist and with an accordion player. She is still looking for a band and other co-operation. Her intent is to record her latest works somwhere in near future.

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Mia Karolina Skön

Mia Karolina Skön (13/06/1979, Rauma, Finland) is an alternative pop music-composer living in Rauma. She is a singer-guitarist and one of the songwriters of a Finnish alternative rock group Euforia and has also a solo project called Dead Girl. Her first solo album and a new artist name will be published during year 2012. She is interested in playing around with retro computer sounds, old drum machines, using random instruments found from the bin and mixing different language in lyrics. Although her song writing skills are mainly self-taught, she is now studying pop/jazz singing in Palmgren-konservatorio in Pori, Finland. She will graduate at the end of December 2012 as musician. Her works include: Dead Girl - Dead Girl EP (2005); Dead Girl - Kill The Deejay EP (2009); Euforia - Lights EP (2008); Euforia - Apple Seeds LP (2011)

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Mihaela Stănculescu-Vosganian

Composer has a PhD in Musicology from the Music University of Bucharest where she is presently Professor of Counterpoint, Forms and Analyzes and Composition. She is also the President of The Romanian Association of Women in Art (RAWA/ARFA) and for the third time the director of the Romanian International Week of New Music Festival. A recipient of important prizes: The Romanian Academy George Enescu Award (2000), The Santa Cecillia Alba Adriatica Composition Award (Italy, 1999), the 1998 International New Music Consortium Composition Award (USA), The Union of Romanian Composers' Award (1986). She has given lecturea at international events: the IUP Festival (Pennsylvania, 1994, 1996), the Donne in Musica Festivals (Fiuggi, Italy, 1996-1999), the XIth IAWM Congress London (1999), the Ateneo de Musica y Danza (Malaga, 2000), the UNI Oldenburg (2003) and NY University(2005). Her music has been recorded on four personal CDs and five collective CDs, performed and commissioned in Romania and internationally (Europe, USA, Asia and Australia). Here compositional and theoretical approach reveals several constant directions: the possible interfering zone of Europen and extra-European traditions, the paradigmatic cycles, the exploration of unconventional instruments, or extended instrumental techniques.