came close to music very early, winning the “Zecchino d’Argento” at Zecchino d’Oro children’s song festival in 1993. After studying classical piano with prof. Roberto Haller, she completed the Master in Jazz Singing, graduating with honours at the “Giuseppe Tartini” Conservatoire in Trieste (Italy) under the guide of professors Klaus Gesing and Glauco Venier. She attended part of her studies at the “Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo” in Porto (Portugal) as an Erasmus student.
She had the pleasure to perform with the likes of the Grammy-nominated pianist Glauco Venier
, the Joe Zawinul Legacy Band (Scott Kinsey, Hadrien Feraud, Katisse Buckingham, Michael Baker, Bobby Thomas Jr), Janek Gwizdala and Jure Pukl.
She was awarded with the “Music Innovation Prize” at the Karlovačko RockOff Festival 2015, the 1st prize at the Festival dell’Istroveneto 2014 (Croatia), the 2nd prize at the International Festival for singing musicians Voicingers 2013 (Poland), the “Franco Russo Prize: for young jazz composers and instrumentalists” at the Trieste Loves Jazz 2013 festival (Italy) and of the 1st prize for the best music performance at the Art Competition Istria Nobilissima 2011 (Croatia).
Her electro-duo “The Hunting Dogs
” was invited to perform at the Arezzo Wave Festival 2014 as winner of the “Sing happy with Brooks” contest which chose her song to become the soundtrack for the Brooks advertising spot airing on Sky TV. Their EP “Out To Hunt” entered the “Top 5 EPs in 2015” chart by Croatian newspaper Večernji List.
She figures on Žan Tetičkovič’s album “The Port Of Life
“, winner of the ASCAP Foundation’s Johnny Mendel Prize 2017, on Zvjezdan Ružić’s “The Knightingale Cabaret
” and Elvis Stanić Group’s “Sol et Luna
” albums, both awarded with the Porin (the Croatian discographic award) as well as on Jan Sturiale’s and Damir Halilić Hal’s records.
She has been selected by the director Airelle Besson to join the “Euroradio Jazz Orchestra
” (broadcasted by Radio France
and BBC 3
) for the France hosted 2017 edition. She performed at some of the most notable jazz festivals in Italy, Croatia and France such as Villa Celimontana Jazz, Jazz&Wine of Peace, Veneto Jazz, Trieste loves Jazz, Sudtirol Jazzfestival, D’Jazz Nevers, Jazz sous les pommiers, Jazzdor, Liburnia Jazz, Jazz Time Rijeka.
She attended workshops by Norma Winstone, Sheila Jordan, Stefano Bollani, Marc Ribot, Diana Torto, the Ohad Talmore NewsReel and the Stage International de Jazz in Trier (Germany).
She has cooperated with the Croatian and Italian Dramas and the Opera Orchestra of the Croatian National Theatre “Ivan pl. Zajc”
in the roles of solo singer, soundtrack performer and actress, as well as with the Zagreb contemporary music Cantus Ansambl
She has been teaching modern and jazz singing in various
music schools in Italy and at summer workshops in Croatia. She was a music programmer at the Croatian National Radio Station “Radio Rijeka” before moving to London in 2017.
Her duo Alba&Leo
is currently recording with the Mercury Music Prize nominated producer Gerry Diver. Their latest single “Won’t be back soon” was selected by Frank Turner and Mungo Jerry as the 2nd prize winner at the Absolute Music Best Original Song Competition 2017.