Amy Keys

Focus Area: Jazz/Soul/Pop/Touring/Back-up Vocals/ Studio

Amy Keys has been featured on the Emmy-Award-winning NBC NASCAR Super Bowl

commercial, on soundtracks for Walt Disney films and, last but not least, on the occasion of the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Amy sang for studio productions and performed live on stage with the greats such as Phil Collins, Toto, Joan Baez, Neil Young and Johnny Hallyday. She released a solo album and several singles with Epic Records. The title track of her solo album Lover’s Intuition also appeared on the soundtrack of the dance film Tap.

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Amy is a versatile and accomplished singer, writer, producer and actress.

She trained as a singer at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, USA. Her first major tour was with Leonard Cohen. And at the latest since she appeared as a singer with Phil Collins on the Live And Loose In Paris Tour in 1997, she has become a household name. With the song Separate Lives, she has since been regarded as Phil Collins’ best live partner, thus leaving the background singer status. Amy convinces with her voice, her elegance and her perfect performance.

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Willemijn Verkaik

Focus Area: Musical

Born in the Netherlands, she caused a worldwide sensation with her starring role as Elphaba in the musical Wicked. In the role of the green witch, she has been on stage at Broadway New York, London’s West End, in the Netherlands, in Oberhausen and first in 2007 at the Palladium Theater Stuttgart.  She is very proud of the fact that she played the Dutch and German Elsa in the successful Disney movie Frozen and Frozen 2. In the Netherlands, she began her musical career in roles such as Elisabeth and the 3 Musketeers. In 2004 she moved to Germany to cover one of the three main female roles and finally as the first cast of Killer Queen in We Will Rock You. Other roles in Germany include Amneris in Aida, Donna in Mamma Mia!, Kala in Disney’s musical Tarzan and Molly in Ghost the Musical. In 2016 and 2017 she was part of the German Disney in Concert Tour.

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At the West End in London she played the role of Paulina in the musical comedy Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown and in 2019 she was a soloist in Disneys Broadway Hits at the world-renowned Royal Albert Hall. Willemijn has performed internationally

many concerts, as well as in London, New York, Tokyo, Germany and The Netherlands and has worked with renowned composers such as Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), Jason Robert Brown (Last 5 Years) and Pasek and Paul (The Greatest Showman). Most recently Willemijn in The Netherlands as Amneris in Aida, soloist in Best of Broadway and as Miss Hannigan in Annie de musical.

Elize Kellmann

Focus Area: Soul / R&B

After graduating with a First Class Honours Degree in Music Performance, Elize began her career in lead session vocals, backing vocals, songwriting and live performance in commercial, private and corporate settings. This includes working as a live backing vocalist for artists such as Gary Barlow, Ella Eyre, Dermot Kennedy and Jess Glynne, as well as participating in live sessions with artists such as Ariana Grande, Crystal Fighterʼs, Jack Penate, Don Diablo, The X-Factor and the new Elton John-Biopic Rocket Man.

In addition, Elize has made countless television and radio appearances including Radio 1ʼs Live Lounge, The One Show, Sunday Brunch and Tonight at the London Palladium.

Katerine Duska

Focus Area: Rock / Pop

Katerine Duska is a Greek-Canadian singer-songwriter. She also became known to a wide audience when she entered the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019 with her hit Better Love for Greece. The single was in the charts of more than 40 countries and in the Global Viral Top 50 on Spotify. Her characteristic dark and soulful voice earned Katerine the comparison to Adele and Amy Winehouse. On stage, Katerine has worked with artists such as LP, Albin Lee Meldau, Tom Baxter, Yasmine Hamdan, Oddisee and Kadebostany and has performed at prestigious venues and festivals around the world.

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Katerine also has extensive experience as a singing teacher and was coach and mentor at the successful television talent show “The Final Four” in Greece. In 2018, her single Fire Away was selected for the television and radio campaign of Nescafé Canada.

YINKA

Focus Area: rhythmical approach & performance in styles of urban music

Yinka is a musician/vocalist /performer raised in Athens. He did his first steps by Mcing in Drum N’ Bass parties. As a Mc and a lead vocalist, he was a member of Funkaholic anonymous, Dr. Votkanini, Imam Baidi, and as an electric bass player a member of Direct Connection, Hidroliq and Falstreak hole. He is the creator of music projects Urbanix and Fuzics that present a rich set of hip hop, reggae, afro beat, funk, and drum n bass tunes. He attended the national conservatory of Greece with Natassa Flouri as his teacher and has a degree in modern singing. As an actor, he played on the motion picture “OMIROS” directed by Konstantinos Gianaris, and on several of the theatrical plays such as. “FESTEN”,“NEKYIA” “INDIAN SUMMER”, “ETERNAL PEACE”, ANTIGONE to name a few.

He and two other artists Presented a seminar concerning hip hop and dadaism in Pierce college.

He made a talk in Ted x youth with the topic : How speech affects and can be affected by rhythm.

Yinka presented a hip hop workshop in elementary and high schools all around the world which was part of a program called AGONH GRAMMH GONIMH in which he wanted the kids to get in a creative process by writing lyrics, creating rhythmic patterns and exposing themselves for the first time.

Sofia Sarri

Focus Area: Pop/Rock

Sofia Sarri is a vocalist and songwriter from Crete, Greece. Since her debut in 2006 with the post-rock band “Night on Earth”, a true pioneer of Athens’ indie scene, she has built a strong musical presence as a diverse and versatile vocalist, performing and composing for a wide range of music projects from black metal bands to avant-garde and jazz ensembles.

Always curious and fascinated by the abilities of the human voice she has embarked on a never ending vocal quest seeking the link between vocalists like Oum Kalthoum, Aretha Franklin, Bjork, Max Cavalera, Jeff Buckley and Demetrios Stratos.

More information about Sofia: www.sofiasarri.com

Terry Vakirtzoglou

Focus Area: Jazz/Choir/Theory

Terry was born in Athens, Greece. She started taking music lessons at the age of 12, but her first experiences with singing began even earlier as a member of local choirs. In 2004 she was accepted at the Music Department of the Ionian University in Corfu. As a student at the Ionian University, she was trained as an improvisational musician and jazz studies came into the focus of her attention. After graduating in 2010, she won both the Fulbright Scholarship and the Onassis Foundation Scholarship for continuing her studies in New York City, at Queens College / Aaron Copland School of Music. In 2012 she was a semifinalist for the International Jazz Competition “Voicingers” that took place in Zori, Poland. In 2013 she earned her MA degree in Jazz Vocal Performance and continued to work in New York City where she performed in different venues including “Cornelia St Cafe”“Le Poisson Rouge”“Swing 46”“Silvana” and many more.

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After her return from NYC, Terry has been performing among exceptional jazz musicians at some of the most well-known venues in and outside Athens. Memorable moments include performances with guitarist Daan Kleijn at the Jazz Panorama of the Onassis Cultural Center, with the Athens Big Band at Pallas Theater, with Dimitris Kalantzis / Ionian Reunion at Athens Concert Hall, with Vasilis Rakopoulos and Mimis Plessas at Paros Jazz Festival, with Dimitris Kalantzis and the ERT contemporary orchestra at Stavros Niarchos Foundation, with jazz pianist Nikolas Anadolis at 5o Jazz sto Parko. She also participated in the latest record of jazz pianist Dimitris Kalantzis “Χθες το βράδυ”, arranging popular Greek songs of the 40’s and 50’s in jazz versions, a collaboration between the ERT contemporary orchestra and more than 30 musicians and singers such as Aleka Kanellidou and Elli Paspala. Terry is currently teaching modern vocals and improvisation at Nakas Music School in Athens and had been a guest jazz vocal instructor at Ionian University.

Tanja Kührer

Focus Area: Rock/Pop/Jazz

Tanja Kührer is an experienced voice and singing trainer who teaches a large number of students of all ages. She also frequently works with commercially successful singers and supports them in maintaining a strong and healthy voice during their demanding daily lives on tour and in the recording studio.

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Tanja began her vocal training in London, where she studied singing and performance at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP). During her time in London, she strengthened her skills in stylistics and improvisation.

She then completed a dual course of studies in jazz singing and IGP (instrumental and vocal pedagogy) at the Vienna Music Institute in Vienna. She gained knowledge about techniques such as the Complete Vocal Technique or Speech Level Singing.

Tanja already discovered her love for teaching and coaching during her own studies. When she is not playing concerts or writing songs, she trains students to become professionals.