Pauliina May


Pauliina May studied vocals and vocal pedagogy at the Pop & Jazz Conservatory, Helsinki. She continued her music studies specializing in Afro-Cuban music and Argentinean Tango at the the Rotterdam Conservatory. Besides Afro-Cuban music Pauliina’s interest and passion lies in Jazz and Argentiniean and Finnish Tango and Flamenco. At her early youth she was already involved with Afro-Cuban music and her strong connection derives from playing several years with a Septeto formation singing Cuban Son. Pauliina teaches in English, Spanish, Dutch and in Finnish.

Pauliina May works as a stage presence coach; with everything that a singer should know onstage: Microphone technique, knowledge of a sound equipment, body language and behavior onstage, lyrics interpretation, dramaturgy, stage fright to mention a few topics.


In Finland Pauliina May has performed with various orchestras: UMO Jazz Orchestra, Jazztiikerit, Pauliina’s Bounce, Pauliina May Jazz Quintet, El Septeto, Septeto Son, Fiestecita, Grupo Aché, Sami y Su Conjunto, Son Sabroson.  In The Netherlands with Cubop City Big Band, Azucaraba, Pauliina y La Banda IrÉ, Son Caribe, Rumbatá, Saoco, Masters of Salsa, Gran Tango Orchestra Otra, Tango Extremo and  ”It takes three to tango”. 

Pauliina May has been invited as a guest vocalists with Big Bands: Turku Big Band (2000), UMO Jazz Orchestra in Helsinki (2002), Romanian Radio Big Band in Bucharest (2006–2007), Oulunkylä Pop&Jazz Big Band (Helsinki) and Rotterdam Conservatory Big Band (The Netherlands).


In 1993 Pauliina May won the second prize of the Finnish jazz competition Lady Summertime. In 2001 she was rewarded second price at the Erasmus Jazz competition.