Vee Cantadeu is:
Solo Singer and Songwriter
I was born as Swiss abroad in Heidelberg, West-Germany. It wasnt until Id turned 17 that I came to Switzerland. My father was a trombone player and always very sceptical towards classical singing and piano playing. No wonder that after successful starts with the wooden flute at age 7 my first big instrument I was allowed to learn at age 10 was the slide trombone. Only 6 weeks later I became member of the local churchs youth brass band, which opened up to me the world of churchmusic.
In Switzerland, as the one and only female trombonist of the Stadtmusik Olten - the brass band of the city of Olten - I got to know the music scene of the Swiss brass and marching bands. In the years to follow I kept on playing trombone also in several other brass bands in other Swiss areas until I decided to become a singer.
At the age of 20 I took my first singing lesson. Quite late considering that Id sung and performed already a lot with different choirs at all the places Id been living before like school, youth and church choirs.
My first voice trainer was KS Maria Rehm in Konstanz, Germany.
This successful start was interrupted by having to move to Zurich. Nevertheless I kept on with further lessons with American opera singers at the Zurich Opera House. This until I was brought together with Prof. KS Helga Kosta, one of the most prolific opera singers there is, a friend and comparable equal to Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.
Prof. KS Helga Kosta who is internationally known as Swiss Nightingale especially via Radio RIAS Berlin became and stayed my tutor.
Although I like classical music I'm also very much interested in spiritual as well as contemporary music.
Through the years I sang all types of styles: musical and film songs, gospel, country, folk, blues, pop ballads, jazz standards, evergreens, chansons and so on - you name it - all but pieces needing a rough smokey voice, as mine has the specialty of being crystal clear.
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