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    Ortansia's music career

    Bio

    Ortansia (also known by the stage name Ortansia Oje) is a composer and singer. She was encouraged in her composing and songwriting career by the eminent composer Boris Tishchenko (a student of Shostakovich) and has released two albums to date that have been positively acclaimed for their lyricism, melodies and orchestra. She has worked with the highly talented producer and conductor, Alim Shakh, principal conductor at the St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory's Opera and Ballet Theater and the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, and the acclaimed composer Anton Tanonov, former head of the composition department at the Conservatory.

     

    Ortansia's first public performance as a soloist was singing in front of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II at a concert in London as a teenager. She received a letter of thanks from Her Majesty.

     

    As regards her compositions, Ortansia has had success in international songwriting competitions, including the UK songwriting competition, and was a Finalist in the VH1 Song of the Year competition in Texas (for her jazz song, What Is the Color of Her Eyes).

     

    Ortansia's songs have been included on several internet commercials in Japan, as well as on the soundtrack of a promotional video shown at an exposition on robots and artificial intelligence at the'Big Sight' venue in Tokyo. Her songs were also played as background music at an art exhibition in Harajuku, Tokyo. She was invited as special guest on two fm. radio shows in Japan, and her songs have received airplay on many radio and internet radio programmes in Japan, the US, Holland, Belgium, New Zealand and Australia. Her songs have also been repeatedly played on in-house radio in shops and supermarkets in the US and Japan.

     

    Ortansia has recently started a 15-minute podcast in Japanese, titled 'Natachka Night', in which she plays and chats about her music and things dear to her: https://www.natachka.london

     

    Ortansia has been recognized by Marquis Who's Who for Excellence in music and academic study.

     

    She obtained a doctorate from the University of Oxford.

     

    Click here to listen to her songs on SoundCloud:

    https://soundcloud.com/user-67061060

     

     

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  • Some of Ortansia's songs.

  • upbringing

    When asked of her success, Ortansia credits the influence of her father, who taught her to always think beyond the concepts taught at school and to strive for success with ambition.

    Sense of Achievement

    When reflecting on her childhood, she says of her father: 'He treated me equal to his intelligence. That is how I began to think and feel with my own mind and heart, and that has continued to this very day - and it has made me achieve the things I dreamed about.'

    Passion for music

    Another part of Ortansia's upbringing has centered on the importance of music in life . 'I was told, "become a professional to serve others , and after acquiring and mastering knowledge, pursue your own interest and develop your given talent, "' she says, adding that this attitude led her to develop a passion for music.

    The Future

    As she looks to the future, Ortansia doesn't have any intention of slowing down. In the years to come, she hopes to encounter new opportunities that will allow her to showcase her expertise and talents while adding value to significant projects.

  • Christmas Concert in Tokyo

    Ortansia with conductor and pianist Alim Shakh

    One-Hour Interview on FM Radio

    Japanese FM Radio

    Ortansia was invited as sole guest on a one-hour interview programme on an FM radio station in Chiba, Japan in 2017 in which she spoke of her experiences as a singer and composer, as well as her early life and influences on her singing and composing career.

    Songs Played on the Radio

    FM Radio and Internet radio 

    Ortansia's songs have received a substantial number of plays on both FM and internet radio internationally, including radio stations in Japan, the US, UK, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Belgium and Holland.

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    Recording Session

    with Alim Shakh and Anton Schwarz

    Photo taken at a St. Petersburg recording studio near the Hermitage museum during the recording of Ortansia's first cd, Silent Heart. The two gentlemen are Alim Shakh, conductor and music producer (left) and Anton Schwarz, recording engineer (right).

    Singing Lesson

    with Professor Tamara

    Ortansia having a singing lesson with world-renowned Professor Tamara, soprano singer, meritorious artist and Professor of singing at the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory.

    Enjoying a Break from Recording 

    with Anton Tanonov

    Ortansia enjoying a break from recording with Professor Anton Tanonov, former head of the composition department at the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory. Anton Tanonov was the sound engineer on Ortansia's second cd, A Secret, recorded in St. Petersburg.

    Enjoying a breather 

    Outside the Comedy Theatre

    Conductor Alim Shakh (right), ballet dancer Dimitri Ustuzhanin (centre) and Professor Noel Williams (left) enjoying a breather outside the Comedy Theatre in St. Petersburg.

     

     

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    Ortansia's PR company

     

     

     

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