Monta Tupčijenko is a pop/rock/jazz singer and a vocal teacher from Latvia.
Monta has been passionate about music ever since she was 9 when she started playing piano at the Valmiera Music School. She also has been singing ever since but only realized the potential of her voice at the age of 17. Monta has been coached by acclaimed vocal teachers, incl., Maija Vidovska, Daina Libauere, Evelīna Ņevmeržicka, Inga Bērziņa and Kadri Voorand, ever since.
In the summer of 2013 Monta graduated bachelor’s studies at the Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy and obtained her jazz and popular music teacher’s degree. During her bachelor’s studies, Monta also took part in the Erasmus student exchange program at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (Tallinn, Estonia).
Monta’s talent and experience as a vocal coach have been thoroughly tested and reinforced not only by her working as a vocal teacher at the Valmiera Music School and Valmiera’s Youth Center “Vinda” with students aged 4 – 21 in 2013/2014 but also by giving countless private lessons ever since 2009.
Monta’s experiences with stage performances include her being a part of various bands: “Monka” (acoustic rock and jazz, 2011), “The Quinters” (pop and original music, 2011), “Monta Tupcijenko’s Jazz Group” (jazz, 2012), “Body & Soul” (rock and pop, 2013), “Let’s groove” (funk and rock’n’roll, 2013), “Cover Duo” (acoustic rock and pop, 2014), her contribution including primarily voice and keyboard and also percussions, bass guitar, arrangements.
She has sung and performed live to audiences of many of the respectable clubs in Riga and other Latvian towns and cities on a regular basis since 2011.
Believing in a motto „practice makes perfect”, Monta has never feared the challenge of taking part in various singing contests, both, in Latvia and abroad. She has successfully participated in competitions such as Latvia’s talent contest’s “Ineses Galantes Talanti.LV” (2014), 5th International Vocal Arts and Dance festival-contest “Ялтинский Берег – 2011” in Yalta, Ukraine (2011), talent contest „Lai skan!” (2008) etc.
Monta’s never-ending thirst for knowledge in order to reach perfection is illustrated by the impressive list of the master classes she has attended since the year 2009. She has been privileged to be coached by internationally acclaimed musicians and vocal teachers, such as, Kurt Elling (USA), Anka Koziel (The Netherlands), Dominique Eade (USA), Joey Blake (USA), Jacobien Vlasman (Germany) and many more, incl. classes ran by experts in instruments and jazz theory. Also very important part of her education takes Estill Vocal Technique taught by Helga Westmark (Denmark) and Marcello Zempt (Italy).
In September 2014 Monta Tupcijenko moved to Rotterdam, the Netherlands because she believes that living abroad can only fosters her personal growth – it is an incredible opportunity to build character and work towards future aspirations. Studying abroad opens a wide range of future horizons thanks to meeting people from all walks of life, exchanging ideas and challenging each other’s paradigms.