vocalist Pauliina May was born in Finland into a
family where both parent had a singing career in
music. Music, art and especially
television entertainment were always around and
led both daughters of the family into performing
arts. Pauliina's father Erkki
Pohjanheimo, is a TV director and a producer.
Pauliina's sister Petriikka Pohjanheimo has graduated
from the Theatre Academy of Finland and is working
as a freelance actress in Finland.
her career vocalist Pauliina May has covered styles
from jazz, salsa, latin-pop, pop, Argentinean tango
up to Finnish lyrical and dancing music. She started
her music/voice/vocal teaching studies at the Pop&Jazz
Conservatory in Helsinki, Finland (1991-1996) and
continued at the Rotterdams Conservatorium in Holland
and graduated from it's Latin music department on
11.12.2000 with a degree 9/10. See videoclips!
Currently Pauliina May also works as a vocal
pedagoge at her own Pauliina May Vocal Studio.
October 2017 Pauliina May was asked to teach at the Codarts World Music Department, former Rotterdams Conservatorium. Pauliina May will start coaching singers within afro-Cuban music in November 2017.
She speaks English, Spanish and Finnish fluently.
She has a passable knowledge of Dutch, and she has
studies behind with Portuguese and French.
Degree 1986, Munkkivuori High school, Helsinki,
Flamenco, Anneli Uronen Flamenco school, Helsinki,
La Nueva Universidad De Granada, Spain; Spanish,
Spanish Literature, culture & music/1988-1989
Flamenco, Escuela de Mariquilla, Granada, Spain
Pop/Jazz Conservatory Helsinki, Finland; Vocal training;
Jazz/ teacher education in vocals during 1991-1996
Rotterdam's Conservatorium, Holland, Latin Department;
1996-2000. Vocal training & teaching, Afro Cuban
music, Brazilian music and Jazz. Diploma 11.12.2000.
Study trip to Cuba, Conservatory of Santiago de
May wins the second prize of the "Erasmus Jazz
Prijs 2001" Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Pauliina May wins the second price of a jazz competition:
Lady Summertime, Finland, 1993
APPEARANCE, PERFORMANCES IN FESTIVALS, CLUBS
TV 1; Kapellimestarin Vieraat, solo vocalist
TV 1; Viikon musiikkivieras: Jazztiikerit
TV 1; Hei Mambo: with different salsa bands in Finland
TV 1; Sinun Tähtesi, Own Concert with Finnish
MTV3; Levyraati, HDTV program; Jazztiikerit
TV In Holland:
NPS; Het Klokhuis, about salsa music,
with Son Caribe -98
VPRO: Pakhuis, together with a percussionist Martin
In Curaçao: Azucaraba presentation -98.
Pauliina May has appeared in Finnish radio stations
various times since her childhood.
In Holland Tros Sesjun (radio4, live) with
Azucaraba, March, 1999
In Holland Radio West, live concert of La Banda
IrÉ from Den Haag, December, 2000
In Romania, Radio Romania (Societatea Romana de
Radiodifuziune), as soloist of Radio Romania Big
Broadcasted live 18.2.2006 (EBU).
El Septeto de Finlandia
May performed together with Izak Boom to Her Majesty
Queen Beatrix and President Ahtisaari.
Majesty Queen Beatrix thanking Pauliina May
and Izak Boom for their performance. 13.3.2008
Photo © Arie Wapenaar, NL
AT THE NORTH SEA JAZZ FESTIVAL:
Pauliina played successfully together with her
band Pauliina Y La Banda IrÉ at the famous
North Sea Jazz Festival on July, 1999.
WITH RADIO ROMANIA BIG BAND:
Directed by Jere Laukkanen.
EBU-concert in Bucharest on February 2006 (Societatea
Romana de Radiodifuziune).
Broadcasted live 18.2.2006 (EBU-European Broadcasting
Romania Big Band featuring Pauliina May, January,
She was re-invited to perform with the Romanian
Radio BB on January, 2007. The concert was broadcasted
on the EBU-Euroradio satellite network to
INVITED GUEST VOCALIST WITH
ESTONIAN DREAM BIG BAND:
Estonian Dream BB, Pauliina May performed as
a guest vocalist with Estonian Dream Big Band in
Tallinn on 21.6.2001 to over seven hundred guests.
WITH UMO BIG BAND:
UMO Jazz Orchestra BB, Pauliina May performed with
UMO directed by Jere Laukkanen a succesful Afro-Cuban
Concert on January 2002
Pop/Jazz Conservatory Big Band,
Rotterdams Conservatory Big Band
Settlemen Big Band
Jazztiikerit, Pauliina's Bounce, Pauliina May
Sabor, El Septeto, Fiestecita, Grupo Aché,
Sami y Su Conjunto, Los Gigantes, Salsa Caliente,
Sabroson performing in Clubs, Festivals, and
Helsinki Winter Carnaval - where she worked every
year with different orchestras during 91-96.
Ardiente, Latin Feeling, Pauliina
y La Banda IrÉ, Son Caribe, Salsa
Masters Saoco in Dubrovnic!
In addition to this, she has performed as a guest
vocalist with Lucas van Merwijk Cubop City BB, Rumbatá,
Saoco, Perfume de Salsa, Titia y su Rumbadamas.
Rotterdam's Conservatoriums Grand
Tango Orchestra, Otra
Tango Quintet: Locura Tanguera
Tango Extremo featuring Pauliina May
Listen to new demos
a Finnish-Dutch project with texts of poet Eino
Leino, Kalevala and Kanteletar
Bayuba Cante, AfroCuban Yoruba Music mixed with
elements from Flamenco & Indian Music.
WITH FINNISH DANCING MUSIC:
"Let's Mambo" Show:
Pauliina May performed during the spring 2000
with a show "Let's Mambo" on Viking Line
between Stockholm and Helsinki.
Produced by Ilkka "Danny" Lipsanen
A tour Together with a Salsa Band Azucaraba
in The Antillian Islands, May 1998; St.Maarten,
Curaçao, Bonaire and Aruba, playing seven
successful concerts during two weeks.
On that tour she also appeared in Curaçao
radio and television.
Together with a son group El Septeto she was
touring in Sweden and Norway in summer -93.