Caroline Lesemann-Elliott (Conductor) is a final year Bachelor’s in Music student at the University of Edinburgh. She is from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she received the majority of her musical education in viola and violin through the youth music programs at the University of Michigan, as well as through the Huron High School Performing Arts program. She first became interested in conducting through an elective course at the Indiana University Summer Music Clinic. After deciding to do an academic degree at the University of Edinburgh, rather than conservatoire, she recognised her true love for composition and conducting. Over the past year, she has conducted with the newly founded Information Services Group Choir, the choir of Greyfriars Kirk, assisted with the Dalkeith Singers, and conducted with the Edinburgh University Singers while they were on tour in Poland, alongside Dr. John Kitchen, MBE. She has also recently taken up the position of music director with New College Choir at the University of Edinburgh, as well as a conductor position with Dick Vets Musicians. In the past, she has studied conducting with Greg Batsleer and Russell Cowieson. Caroline also enjoys composing for choirs and orchestras, playing viola in various Edinburgh-based ensembles, and travelling to Oxford roughly once a month to visit her partner and other friends and colleagues.
Grigory Matyunin (rehearsal accompanist)was born in St Petersburg, Russia but spent most of his life in Edinburgh. Since the age of eight he has been taking piano lessons from Margaret Wakeford who remains his teacher to this day, although he has also benefitted from tuition with Clare Sutherland and Peter Evans. He regularly accompanies singers and instrumentalists for performance classes, exams and competitions as well as participating in the Edinburgh Competition Festival each year as a solo pianist. More recently, he has gained experience of orchestral pianism through playing with Edinburgh University Composers’ Orchestra. He also receives organ lessons from Brigitte Harris and sings with Edinburgh University Singers. Grigory is about to commence his second year as a music student at the University of Edinburgh and is delighted to be taking over as accompanist for Voces Inauditae.
Listen to some of Grigory talk about his life and musical experience here!