Meet the team

thing.pngCaroline 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.

 

hannahHannah Leggatt (Associate Conductor) is currently a second year student at Edinburgh University studying Music (BMus).  As a first study singer, she receives lessons from world renowned soprano Irene Drummond and has gained tutelage from Ian Burnside.  This has allowed her to work on her technique and overall expression as a performer.  Her earlier musical education was from Dollar Academy  where she repeatedly performed with orchestras, choirs and in musicals, teaching her the value of ensemble performance.  In 2014 she achieved ABRSM Grade 8 Distinction and is currently working towards a Diploma.  She is the 2017 winner of both the Sandy Newman and the Alfred C. Young medal, from competing in the Edinburgh Competition Festival Oratorio and 15 minute Vocal Recital classes.  In the summer she will be taking part in the National Youth Choir of Scotland summer school under the supervision of Edinburgh University graduate Christopher Bell.   Earlier in 2016 she undertook an assistant position in the music department at Morrison’s Academy, Perthshire, giving her a greater understanding of the demands of teaching.    In her spare time, Hannah sings with University choirs such as the ‘Renaissance Singers’ (directed by Noel O’Regan), New College Choir (directed by Caroline Lesemann-Elliot) as well as performing with ‘Voces Inauditae‘.  On Sunday mornings Hannah has a choral scholarship at Marchmont St Giles Parish Church of Scotland under the direction of Robert Parsons.  Her other instruments include violin, which she plays in Sinfonia and piano under the (much needed patience) and guidance of Ingrid Sawers.  As well as this she tries, in vain, to teach herself the trumpet, much to the annoyance of her neighbours.    A highlight of her time with ‘Voces Inauditae‘ was performing Hildegaard von Bingen’s ‘O Virtus Sapientiae‘ in Old Saint Paul’s in December 2016. 

grigsGrigory 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!

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