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Ortansia Oje

Ortansia Oje

The composer-singer Ortansia Oje was born in Japan. After receiving her doctorate from the University of Oxford, UK, Ortansia Oje started her composing-singing career. Encouraged by the eminent composer Professor Uspensky of the composition department at the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory and Professor Tamara Novichenko of the singing department at the Conservatory, her first two albums, Silent Heart (2005) and A Secret (2007) were recorded in St. Petersburg, Russia, and brought out under the name Ortansia. Both albums were produced by Alim Shakh, Principal Conductor of the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory Opera and Ballet Theatre and Principal Conductor of the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. The sound engineers of the albums were the Moscow recording studio engineer Anton Schwarz and Anton Tanonov, now head of the composition department at the Conservatory. Ortansia Oje's third album, Boat of Love (2015), out under the name Oje, is a compilation album of a selection of songs from the first two albums. The songs fall into the contemporary adult, soft pop and delicate jazz musical categories. Some of the songs have had success in international songwriting competitions, including finalist in the Song of the Year Competition in Texas, USA (for the soft jazz song Cafe Window) and the UK Songwriting Competition. Some of the songs have also been included on compilation albums of songs by various artists brought out in the U.S. and Japan. She currently resides in Tokyo. She is listed in the Marquis Who's Who publication.