Maria Jose Siri
María José Siri was born in Uruguay. She studied piano and had made a name for herself as an accomplished accompanist when she decided to study the saxophone, so she bought one and enrolled at the Escuela Municipal de Música in Montevideo. By mistake she ended up at a singing class instead of an ear training one. The teacher asked her to vocalize and her life changed. In 2001 she won the Ars Lyrica Competition in Montevideo, and used the First Prize money to travel to Europe and try her luck. She entered the International Voice Competition in Andorra, and although she did not make the semi finals, she caught the attention of a member of the jury, Ileana Cotrubas, who was in the process of selecting 4 of the voices in the competition to give a series of master classes. María José was chosen and since then the young Uruguayan became a protégée of Ms. Cotrubas, who offered her private lessons and lodging in her own home in Nice until now.