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Born in Groznyy, Russia in the 1990’s Bella grew up in Prague, Czech Republic torn between, and surrounded by many cultures. This has translated to a versatility as a musician – always occupying the space somewhere in between genres, never quite fitting in. As a young musician her first encounters with the stage were in school choirs (where she sang mostly folk and world music, jazz, and soul), and musicals. Bella was conflicted whether to pursue jazz or classical singing, eventually completing her Bachelor’s in Vocal performance in London and her Master’s in Cologne, Germany. There she was involved in a number of Operas, notably singing Hermia in Britten’s A midsummer night’s dream and Celia in Haydn’s La fedeltá premiata at Theater Aachen. This is also where she met the pianist Michael Gees with whom she studied improvisation, and they have been playing together ever since. Her first encounters with free improvisation were with Paulo Álvares, which she continues studying at the Basel Music Academy under Fred Frith and Alfred Zimmerlin. As an improviser her focus is on creative interpretation of text in various chamber ensembles, and as a soloist. As a classical vocalist she focuses on the art song repertoire of the twentieth century and chamber music. Music has taken the young singer to concert halls in the UK, Germany, Denmark, Czech Republic, Qatar, and Russia. Bella has had the privilege to study with many accomplished artists, amongst them with Thomas Piffka, Klesie Kelly, Dalia Schaechter, Simon Keenlyside, Matthew Rose, Josef Protschka, and Yvonne Minton.

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