Jasna Veljanović-Ranković

(Fulda, Germany, 13th January, 1980), received her primary and secondary schooling in Kragujevac and graduated in 2003 from the Tchaikovsky Music Academy in Ukraine, department of composition, with Gennady Lapenko. Her examination work, Concert for piano and orchestra, was performed by the Ukraine Radio Symphony Orchestra. She subsequently completed her post-graduate studies in the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in the class of Vlastimir Trajković, with Five songs, for mezzo soprano and orchestra, based on a poem by Alexander Blok. She is currently following master courses in music theory in the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, with Sonja Mariknović as her mentor. She has written for solo instruments, chamber ensembles and for symphony orchestra and has recently devoted her time to the composition of chamber music for specific ensembles Duet i Romansa, for flute and orchestra (2009), Prekinuta pasakalja, for flute, oboe, accordion and cello (2007), Nemirne misli u noći, for flute, oboe, saxophone and cello, Dobro je biti živ (2007). She is an assistant in the department of music in the Faculty of Philology and Arts in Kragujevac.

Jenna Marie Vainio

Jenna Marie Vainio (1972, Helsinki, Finland) studied composition at the Helsinki University and at the Sibelius Academy. She has also participated in master courses with Magnus Lindberg and Brian Ferneyhough and Sven-David Sandström. Her pieces have been performed in Finland and abroad and broadcast on radio in the Nordic countries and USA. Most of her pieces are written commissions. Orchestras and choirs that have performed her pieces include Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Orchestra (USA), Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra (Sweden), Ensemble Fusions (Canada), The Finnish Radio Chamber Choir and UMO Jazz Orchestra. Her works have been published and recorded. A Sweet Escapade for big band and Ankomst till Hades (Arrival in Hades) have both enjoyed success in international composition competitions. Besides classical music she is known for her passion for metal and its sub genres. A guitarist and music arranger herself, her first influences included the progressive metal guitarists Yngwie Malmsteen, Jason Becker, Vinnie Moore, Tony MacAlpine and Joe Satriani.


Jenny Vartiainen

Jenny Vartiainen (05/12/1984, Kuopio, Finland) is a musician/composer specialized in concert kantele (a stringed instrument,"a Finnish zither"). She has graduated from Sibelius-Academy´s programme degree in performing arts in 2011. She performs contemporary art music and pop music and has composed music for poems, pop ditties for UMA-band and educational material and chamber music for kantele and other instruments. Vartiainen also teaches kantele playing in Sibelius-Academy and Helsinki Conservatory.