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Pop / Rock 21/09/2005

Introducing... Wild

SYDNEY, AU. (EMI MUSIC AUSTRALIA)- It has taken two years of hard work, rehearsals, practice and heartache and now finally Wild are ready. Five beautiful and talented women, each with a strong classical background - two from Serbia and three from the UK - have arrived to bring a new concept to popular music - "Classical Contemporary".

Producers/writers for the album include Jeff Wayne (War of the Worlds, Maksim), Eric Serra (The Fifth Element, Subway, Big Blue), Tonci Huljic (Maksim, Bond), Ian Wherry (Maksim, Bond, Vanessa Mae), Orion (Prodigy, Dido, Embrace) and Gary Langan (Maksim, Bond).

Wild are:

IVA COJIC (Piano & Vocals). Born in Belgrade, Iva came from a semi-musical family - at least, her grandmother and aunt were professional violinists who also played the piano. At the age of five, Iva would bash out "tunes" on the piano, trying to copy her aunt - "I would improvise and perform whenever guests came to visit, doing piano and then pretending to conduct and doing a bit of acting," she says.

KATIE FENNER (Violin). Katie wanted to play the piano from the age of four, which was a surprise to her non-musical family as they didn't have one in the house. "I think I had seen one at school and really wanted to play it," she says. She auditioned for Wild on the same day as her 3rd year final exam and won a place in the group with her extraordinary musical talent. Among Katie's hobbies she lists rugby - her father used to be a pro who played for the Wasps and the family remains fanatical about the sport.

CHANTAL LEVERTON (Viola). Chantal has an outstanding musical pedigree, having toured with the National Youth Orchestra and won the Henry Wood Prize for most promising string player aged just 13.

ANDJELKA RISTIC (Piano/Keyboard). Andjelka is a celebrity in Serbia, having worked as a TV presenter for 18 months on a popular morning show on the 'Pink' TV station. She has given up a successful TV career to join Wild.

IZZY JOHNSTON (Violin). Izzy comes from a family of professional musicians. Her parents direct a music school in Hertfordshire. Her brother Rupert is a French horn player, Magnus is a violinist who leads the Aronowitz Ensemble and Guy is a cellist who has a busy solo career.

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