Jury of the Contest for Vocal Ensembles 2019
Chairman Jussi Chydenius (FI).
Sara Brimer Davey (US)
Karoliina Kantelinen (FI)
Michael McGlynn (IE)
Paul Phoenix (GB)
Jussi Chydenius is a highly versatile musician: a bass singer, drummer and composer. He began his musical career as the drummer of Don Huonot, one of Finland’s most popular rock groups in the 1990s, and remained with the group until 2001. He is a founding member of the Rajaton vocal ensemble, which was established in 1997 and won the Contest for Vocal Ensembles in Tampere in 1999. Besides composing for Rajaton Chydenius has written music for choirs in Finland and abroad. He has been a member of the jury of the Contest for Vocal Ensembles since 2003.
Sara Brimer Davey was born in East Tennessee and studied Music Education and Music Performance at East Tennessee State University. In 2018 she received a Distinguished Alumni Award from her university for work she has done across the globe. Since moving to London to join The Swingles as high soprano in 2009 she has worked on the Sky TV show Sing: Ultimate Acapella, she has sung on the backings of over 30 films including Wonder Woman and the Hunger Games, and she has workshopped and coached vocal groups and individuals worldwide. After leaving The Swingles in 2018, Brimer Davey has continued singing and coaching and is currently living just outside of Cambridge enjoying the English village life. (Photo © Nedim Nazerali.)
Karoliina Kantelinen is a singer and ethnomusicologist specialising in folk singing styles of various nations. She is currently completing an artistically oriented doctorate at the Folk Music Department of the Sibelius Academy while also appearing as a solo performer and in various ensembles such as Värttinä, Suden aika, Ketsurat, Set’Akat and the Paul Taylor OrCHestra (Switzerland). In addition to her international performig career, Kantelinen teaches ethnic singing at the Sibelius Academy, gives lectures on folk music and gives workshops for choirs and vocal ensembles in Finland and abroad. (Photo © Seppo Samuli.)
Michael McGlynn’s love of the culture and language of his homeland led him to create the group ANÚNA in 1987. He is its composer/artistic director and also artistic director of the male voice ensemble M'ANAM . His unique compositional language is strongly influenced by traditional Irish song (sean nós), and his works are performed all over the world. As a composer he has traversed many genres from Noh Theatre to Chanticleer, from Elvis Costello to Sheryl Crow, and in 2017 he was given the Distinguished Alumni Award in Humanities by his alma mater University College Dublin. (Photo © Nejc Rudel.)
Paul Phoenix started singing as a boy chorister in St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir, London. In 1997, he joined The King’s Singers and over a 17-year career performed over 2000 concerts all over the world. He released many albums during that time including the 2009 Grammy-winning album, Simple Gifts. In August 2014 Phoenix left the King’s Singers in order to develop his own business: Purple Vocals: Perform and Engage, his coaching and engagement consultancy, that continues to take him around the world. The 2018-2019 season sees him in Germany (as guest soloist with the Reutlingen Philharmonie), Finland (as coach and performer with the Sibelius School and Kuopio Youth Choir), further visits to Hong Kong, the Philippines, the USA and Switzerland (where he runs a PurpleVocals Summer Choral Academy). (Photo © Purple Vocals.)