Elena Mîndru-Turunen is currently a PhD student within the Sibelius Academy’s Jazz Department in Helsinki, under the guidance of prof. Jukkis Uotila. She has been active as a jazz singer for more than ten years now, as well as a vocal coach for over seven years.
Originally from Romania, her musical background combines more genres and instruments. As a child, she studied classical violin and piano. She graduated her bachelor studies in classical composition and completed her masters in jazz within the Nordic Master of Jazz program. Main instrument: voice.
Elena has been receiving many awards in jazz festivals and competitions around Europe. The most important ones were 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 Montreux Jazz Voice Competition.
In 2012 she started her own record label (EM Records), through which she has released five titles already – three of her own and two of other bands.