Elena Friedrich

Head of Western Vocal Department

Elena Friedrich Sciubba was born in Rome, Italy. Since her mother is German and her father Italian, she was raised bilingual which immediately determined her passion and natural inclination for language, sounds and multicultural environments.

Her musical studies began at an early age learning to play piano with her grandmother. She started studying western classical music from the age of 7 until the age of 16, completing theory and solfège exams at Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome. At the age of 18, she started performing pop and jazz music as a vocalist, studying classical technique and attending various workshops (Tuscia in Jazz, The Barry Harris Workshop, Estill Voicecraft workshop etc)
Later she enrolled in Jazz studies at the conservatory of Rome, studying music under the guidance of internationally acclaimed Italian jazz performers as Maria Pia de Vito, Danilo Rea, Paolo Damiani, Stefano di Battista to name a few. At the side she continued performing as a soloist and backing vocalist in Italy, singing Jazz, pop, soul, rock and gospel.

After being admitted to the prestigious Conservatory of Amsterdam she completed her masters in Jazz Vocals in the Netherlands, studying music with Lydia van Dam, Sanna van Vliet, Bart Fermie and Harmen Fraanje whose names are very well known in the Dutch and international jazz scene. She performed in various bands, took part in competitions in north Italy (winning 2nd prize in the vocal category) and in South Africa, performing in Amsterdam, London, Piacenza, Rome and many more.

She moved back to her home country Italy in 2017, collaborating with many musicians, recording vocals and teaching voice, piano and choir in various schools and privately. Her unique timbre, warm tone and vocal clarity capture listeners at first sight. She explores a modern way of being a bandleader through her fresh and natural charisma. These aspects are particularly appreciated by the public and fellow musicians, making it possible to collaborate on various projects, stretching her abilities through the various soundscapes of modern music.