Hoveddommer: Ragnar Rasmussen – Norge
Mia Makaroff – Finland
Mia Makaroff(b.1970) is a composer, arranger, music teacher and a choir leader. In 2003, she graduated from the Sibelius Academy as a Master of Music in Music Education studies -her thesis was about creating a music teaching pedagogy using the therapeutical sides of music especially for to prevent drug addiction. Her work experience includes teaching music to school children and young people, composing, creating and conducting different music projects. Song-writing projects for young people are also a speciality of hers: altogether six school musicals have been written and performed by her pupils. Finnish folklore and poetry are great sources of inspiration in her composing work.
Many well-known song groups and choirs have brought Mia Makaroff’s music to a wider audience, such as Rajaton, King’s Singers, Amarcord and others. In 2006 she was asked to participate in an international Song Bridge-choir project as a composer. She has been teaching in mastercourses about composing for children’s choirs, in Neerpelt Belgium 2008, Aosta Italy 2010 and St Petersburg Russia 2014-2016.
She has also worked as a juror and a lecturer in choir competitions and festivals, for example in The Interkultur World Choral Games in Cincinnati 2012. Theatre music is one big interest of hers: 2012 was the premier of her first musical for children and adults called Kruunulapset, “Crown Children”. Since that she has written music for other plays as well. Now she has started an international children choral campaign against bullying.
Aarne Saluveer – Estland
- Served international choral community as Member of Council of World Choir Games, Board Member, Musical Advisor and Steering Committee member of Europa Cantat, IFCM, Estonian Music Council, President of the Estonian Choral Association;
- Has collaborated with Michael Jackson (“HiStory Tour”), Roxanna Panufnik, Eric Whitacre, Imogen Heap, Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis, Tõnu Kõrvits, Urmas Sisask, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra;
- Since 1993 conducted the world biggest choir of more than 20,000 singers in front of an audience of 100,000 people at the Estonian Song Celebration
- Artistic Director of the 10th Youth Song Celebration “Ilmapuu/World Tree“ (winner 1st Prize “Many Music in Europe” of the European Music Council presented at the World Music Council Forum/Los Angeles;
- Presentations/master classes at the General Assemblies of Europa Cantat; IFCM World Symposium, articles in International Choral Bulletin and Europa Cantat Magazine;
- Music Director concerts for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Their Majesties Japanese Emperor and Empress State Visit and European Film Awards Gala;
- Recordings for Warner Classics, Melodija, Estonian National Broadcast, BBC, WDR, NRK,YLE, RAI, Danish Radio, USA, Asian and Russian TV Channels;
Order of the White Star 2004; Guido d’Arezzo Award; Estonian Public Broadcasting Musician of the Year Award, Estonian Choral Association Conductor of the Year; Estonian National Committe