Ana Sokolović

(Belgrade, 1968), composer, resident in Canada originally studied with Dusan Radić and Zoran Erić in Belgrade. She completed a Master’s degree at the Université de Montréal with José Evangelista and also attended composition workshops with Tristan Murail and Denys Boulianne. She has written for orchestra and chamber music ensembles presented in Canada, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Iceland, Belgium, Great Britain and Ukraine and has received commissions from leading Canadian ensembles including the Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec, the Molinari String Quartet, the Orchestre baroque de Montréal, the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. Ana Sokolović was three times winner in the Competition for Young Composers of SOCAN. She was chosen to represent Canada at UNESCO’s International Rostrum of Composers, in Paris in 1996 with Ambient V and 2009 Vez. In 1999, Géométie sentimentale obtained first prize in the chamber music category and the Grand Prix of the thirteenth CBC Radio National Competition for Young Composers. She won the Joseph S. Stauffer Prize in 2005 and the Prix Opus Prize as Composer of the Year in 2008. In 2005 she wrote her first opera, The Midnight Court, for Queen of Puddings Music Theatre Company, performed at the Royal Opera House, London, in June 2006. She lives in Montreal and is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre.

Ana Stanić

(Niš, 8th December, 1975), singer, songwriter, composer and film producer graduated from the Academy of Drama in Belgrade, department of film and TV production. In 1994, she was vocalist in the pop-dance duo Moby Dick recording three albums, which sold over three hundred thousand copies in Yugoslavia. For the duo she wrote some of her most popular songs, like Nostalgija and Nema nas više. In 1998, Ana Stanić left Moby Dick, and started a successful solo career. Her first solo appearance was in the Budva Festival when she performed Molila sam AnĎele, which she had written together with Ivana Pavlović. Her first album, Metar iznad asfalta and the biggest hit on the album, Grad, brought a new sound to the Serbian pop scene, often described as ―power pop”, due to the powerful and dominant sound of electric guitars. She has recorded six studio albums: Metar iznad asfalta (1998), Ana Stanić (1999), Vidim te kad (1999), Tri (2000), U ogledalu (2004) and Sudar (2008).

Anastasia Salo

Anastasia Salo (14/08/1980, Petrozavodsk, Russia) composer, graduated from Petrozavodsk State Conservatory and post-graduate studies there (Russia). She studied master classes in Finland and Russia with composers Jonathan Harvey, Igor Rogalev, Alexander Beloborodov, etc. She is the winner of the International Competition V.Gavrilin (2001, Russia), of "The Kalevala in music" (2008, Russia), of Majaoja-kantaatti " (2010, Finland). She was twice awarded a scholarship by the Government of the Republic of Karelia (Russia). She is a member of the Composers' Union of Finland and of that in Russia. Her compositions include works for orchestra, children's opera, vocal music, chamber music, works for children, and music for plays. She is currently working on various projects and competitions, teaches composition at the master classes, writes a lot of music for children.