Eugen DogaEugen Doga (MD)

       This man is considered to be a genius! Eugen Doga is a Moldavian composer and author of the music for opening and closing ceremonies of 1980 Moscow Olympics. He created scores for more than 200 films and his waltz for film “Moj laskovij i nežnyj zvjer” (The Shooting party/A Hunting Accident) is said to be the most beautiful waltz of the 20th century. He is among 20 most played and best composers of the 20th century. To commemorate his 70th birthday, year 2007 was named the year of Eugene Doga in Moldavia. Do you know the film “Queen of the Gypsies” (Gypsies Are Found Near Heaven)? Music was an important part of this film. The author of the musical score is none other than Eugen Doga.

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Soukup by Jakub LudvikOndřej Soukup (CZ)

    Czech bass guitar player and a composer, his first work was the music for film “Druhý tah pěšcem” (The Second Move of the Pawn, 1983). You can feel his work in an Oscar-winning film “Kolja” (Kolya). In 2001, he was awarded the Czech Lion award for music created for film “Tmavomodrý svět” (Dark Blue World) directed by Jan Svěrák. He had also written the music for another of Svěrák’s films called “Vratné láhve” (Empties, 2007). Ondřej also created score for the third instalment of the series “Nemocnice na kraji města” (Hospital at the End of the City, 2008) Apart from film scores, he composed many hits for various singers and music for balet. Ondřej has also composed music for ballet “Johanka z Arku” (Joan of Arc) and along with Michael Kocáb he also performed in a famous band called “Pražský výběr”.

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STRACINA SVETOZAR foto Ctibor BachratySvetozár Štračina (SK)      

      The name of this Slovak composer is tightly tied mainly with folk music from all of Slovakia. He created the opening song of festival “Folklórne slávnosti pod Poľanou” (The Folklore Festival below Poľana) in Detva and has done a great deal of work on mapping Slovak folklore music culture. Another substantial part of his extensive work is film music. His name can be found in credits of more than 30 Slovak films made from 1964 to 1989. His music for films like “Pacho, hybský zbojník” (Pacho, the Thief of Hybe), “Plavčík a Vratko” (The Tree Golden Hair of Grandfather Know-All), “Popolvár najväčší na svete” (Popolvár, Biggest in the World), “Alžbetin dvor” (Elizabeth’s Court), “Neďaleko do neba” (Close to Heaven) and many more is a treasure of Slovak film music history. Unfortunatelly, Mr. Stračina can’t attend the festival personally anymore, so we will commemorate his musical genius together through his music performed by the Symphonic Orchestra.

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Oli Jogvansson foto Oli Jogvansson (FO) 

     A self taught composer from the Faroe Islands. All of his compositions are characteristic by being very melody driven and catchy. Apart from film music, he's written pop music for various artists around the globe, as the other half of production/songwriting duo Baroli Music. The song “Better in Stereo” he has co-written for Walt Disney has went on to become a hit with more than 60 million views on YouTube. His releases reached Billboard #1 and became #1 on Japanese Oricon list. Oli has also won a 2015 UK Songwriting Contest with his piece “Forever Gone”. His clients include Walt Disney Records, Sony Music or Universal Music Group.

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 gabrielGabriele D'Alonzo (ITA) 

     Gabriele is an Italian composer and pianist born in a small city of Molfacone in Italian province of Gorizia. His relationship with music started when he was about 13 years old. His first performances were with young pop-rock band, which deepened his passion for music. Gabriele started composing music very soon after starting classic piano studies which helped him deepen his feelings and passion for different styles. During the years, he continued to play in local bands and had many collaborations. Thanks to that he could experiment in different genres and styles. Today, his musical style is contemporary and spontaneous, based mainly on the piano. Gabriele’s music is characterized by veiled melancholy and romance highlighted by emotional notes and melodies that distinguish and showcase his character and personal style. His debut solo album “Introspective” is inspired mainly by these traits. The mood and feel of the album are influenced by events, situations, sensations and perceptions that are part of life.

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Stevie Fiona Stevie Lawrence a Fiona Cuthill (GB)

    This Scottish guitar/fiddle duo will bring more variety to the programme of our festival. The musical partnership of Fiona and Stevie blossomed from a shared love of both traditional and rock music. They are currently members of Scottish based band “Rallion” and “The Wendy Weatherby Band” but have also recorded and performed together with various ensembles - from the Early Music band “Whirligig” , through the modern Celtic band “Canterach” and the progressive rock of “Abel Ganz” to the Americana/new country of “Raintown”. They have been fortunate enough to play in many festivals and gigs all over Europe. Highlights include opening for the Red Hot Chilli Pipers on their Scottish Tour in 2009. They were invited to open once again for the Chillis at their show in Inverness Ironworks in 2014.

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Zuzana Michlerova fotoZuzana Michlerová (CZ)  

      Zuzana Michlerová is a Czech composer and singer. She started with piano lessons at a very young age followed by singing and classical ballet lessons. Her musical imagination has always been inspired by visual arts and literature and also with stories and moods bound to these media. Zuzana graduated from Berklee College of Music receiving her Master of Music degree in Scoring for Film, Television and Video Games. She also graduated from Prague Conservatory where she gained her classical composition and vocal training. She had the opportunity to record and conduct her orchestral film music with foremost London musicians at renowned Abbey Road Studios in London, Budapest Art Orchestra at East Connection Music Recording Corporation or with musicians of Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana at Palau de les Artes Reina Sofia in Valencia and at Ann Kreis Scoring Stage at Berklee Valencia. Zuzana also composed two operas - Pramen and Babel. Recently, Zuzana has also been working on various orchestral projects and has been assisting LA based film composer Elia Cmiral.

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 hanaHana Huljić (HR)

    Hana was born in Split, Croatia. She grew up in music family, waking up every morning with sounds of piano. Her father is a well-known Croatian composer of pop music, her mother is a writer. They have been working together for the past 30 years, writing songs for many Croatian singers and musicians. After gratuating from high school, Hana started to develop her talent at Art Academy in Split. She earned her master's degree in Music Theory at 2016 with her final work being writing transcriptions of pop-rock songs for string quartet. Later she also earned master's degree in Composition with her “Little symphony” in three movements for orchestra and duo. During her childhood she sang in children's choir and took part in operas “Tosca”, “I Pagliacci”, “Werther” and “Carmen”. It was during this time she fell in love with theatre. During high school Hana took acting and singing classes, which helped her land a role in a Croatian TV music series “Stella”. In 2015 and 2016, she was a guest solo vocalist at pianist Maksim Mrvica's concert tour in Croatia, South Korea and China. She also recorded vocals for few of his songs, such as “Child in Paradise” or a 2016 version of “Croatian Rhapsody” written by her father. Composing is Hana’s greatest passion and she considers her career as a singer to be hobby. She wants to write ballet, musicals and film music. Hana told us that our festival is the first festival in a foreign country she attends as a composer and that she’s looking forward to it.

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oliver Oliver Nosaczynski Bohovič (SK) 

    Oliver Nosaczynski Bohovič is a young Slovak composer, multi-instrumentalist and a singer born in Bojnice. He was introduced to music by his parents when he was 10 years old and started taking keyboard and singing classes. Later on, Oliver studied guitar under two renowned Slovak musicians - Henry Tóth and Andrej Šeban who was also his music theory and composition teacher. Oliver fell in love with singing during classes with Slovak singer and chanson singer Alena Čermáková. Oliver currently lives and composes in the vicinity of Banská Štiavnica. He writes music for various projects, pop musicians, PC games and movies. He tours with his solo project playing his compositions for piano and guitar. In May 2016, Oliver released a debut EP album containing songs of various genres including instrumental, film music, computer game music or jazz. He also worked on a project for Pixel Federation - a renowned Slovak developer of online games. Oliver composed a soundtrack for a popular game “Emporea: Realms of War & Magic”. He also takes part in various prestigeous contests for songwriters from all around the world. Oliver is a 2-time finalist of UK Songwriting Contest’s instrumental category and he won 1st place for Slovakia in Ravel Association’s contest in Bergam, Italy. Strong melodies and musical themes that can precisely capture a wide range of emotions are characteristic for his works.

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Anna Inozemceva fotoAnna Inozemceva (RU)

    Russian composer and guitarist from Moscow, Anna began playing guitar at the age of 6 under the guidance of her father Vladimir Kolosov - a well-known Russian teacher and arranger. Later she studied at music school named after a Russian musical publicist P. Jurgenson. In 1994, Anna entered Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory Academic Music College where she studied under the guidance of N. Dmitriev. In 1996, Anna became a teacher at music school named after P. Jurgenson. From 1998 to 2003 Anna studied at Moscow State Classical Academy under professor E. Finkelshtein. She was a member of Moscow Guitar duo from 2001 to 2010 together with Asya Selutina. The duo has won many international competitions in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg.  Since 2010, Anna is a teacher at Moscow State University of Culture and Arts. As a soloist, Anna won a prize in an international guitar competition in Kiev, Ukraine (2008). She currently plays in a duo with Oleg Boyko (Chernihiv, Ukraine) and is a member of Russian Guitar Quartet (Moscow, Russia, rgquartet.ru). She also has several solo programmes covering wide repertoire ranging from baroque to avant-garde and her own compositions.

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