Singer/songwriter/pianist Paola Vera is a highly sought after and experienced performer, composer, musical educator, and vocal coach. She first started singing and playing the piano at the age of 13, later going on to continue her musical education at Trinity College of Music and then went onto graduate with Distinction in her Masters degree from The Royal Academy of Music after receiving the Elton John Scholarship.
In 2007 Paola was awarded a Yamaha Jazz Award for outstanding young Jazz musicians in association with Jazzwize magazine. She has since gone on to receive several awards as a singer and accompanist, including winning 2nd place in the Jazz Voices International competition in Lithuania in 2011 and first place for Improvisation. She has performed alongside many greats of the international jazz scene including Bobby McFerrin, Liz Wright, Norma Winstone, Kenny Wheeler etc.. She has released and toured several albums of her own original songs and continues to works on multiple cowriting projects in many different genres.
Paola’s live performances have been seen on the most prestigious festival stages, concert halls and jazz clubs worldwide including Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club (London), The 606 club (London), Pizza Express Dean Street (London), The New Morning (Paris) Nardis (Istanbul), also having toured multiple festival stages across France, Europe and the United States.
Paola currently works with several higher-education institutions across Europe and the UK including as Professor for Jazz and Pop Voice at the Conservatoire of Bordeaux and Assistant professor of Jazz Voice at the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels. Paola is also a certified Estill Master Trainer (EMT) and is among few bilingual French speaking coaches delivering Estill courses in French and English across Europe. She also organises The International Singing and Songwriting Retreat, a residential Songwriting course held in France, teaching alongside esteemed educator and singer pianist Pete Churchill.