Photo:  Andrei Budescu

Photo: Andrei Budescu

ELENA MINDRU is part of the upcoming young jazz musicians generation. Romanian of origin, she lives in Finland, currently a doctoral student within the Sibelius Academy’s Jazz Department in Helsinki.

Along her career, she has been receiving many awards in jazz festivals and competitions around Europe, but the most important experience was in July 2012, in Switzerland, where she was awarded the 2nd Prize and the Public Prize by a jury presided by the great Quincy Jones, at the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition.

Elena has been performing over 400 concerts around the world, including venues in the US (New York), France (Paris) ​, ​Holland (Rotterdam, Amsterdam), Denmark (Århus, Aalborg),​ ​Sweden (Stockholm), Estonia (Tallinn), Finland and Romania. The jazz singer graduated her masters in jazz from the Royal Academy of Music in Århus, Denmark as a Nordic Master of Jazz student. She has been active as a jazz singer for more than 13 years now, as well as a vocal coach for more than 7 years.

Elena Mindru has released two jazz albums as a bandleader, through her own label EM Records. She has performed as a jazz vocal soloist with the European Jazz Orchestra, the Transilvania Philharmonic Orchestra, the Finnish Air Forces Big Band and many other significant bands in Europe.

Elena Mindru is also a trained composer, having graduated her bachelor studies in composition. She writes most of her music, including pieces for symphony orchestra, big band, string quartets and many other constellations.