Irini Dimitriadou

irini.jpgIrini Dimitriadou was born in Nicosia, Cyprus, where she received her first music lessons on the piano and the cello. She studied in London with Leonard Stehn (Guildhall School of Music and Drama), Mats Lidstrӧm and Jo Cole (Royal Academy of Music), obtaining a BMus Honours degree in Performance and an MMus degree in Performance and Research. In 2015 she completed her studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln and the Orchesterzentrum NRW in the classes of Claus Kanngiesser and Laurentiu Sbarcea, obtaining an MMus degree in Orchestral Studies. Irini has also studied in Paris and Oslo with Jakob Kullberg and in Croatia with Valter Dešpalj.

She has been a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra, the Zermatt Festival Academy, the Gustav Mahler Academy, the Ossiach Orchestra Academy, the Britten Pears and Aldeburgh World Orchestras and the Orchestra Academy at the Esterhàzy Palace amongst others. She has appeared as a soloist with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra and her collaborations as an orchestral musician have included the Aachen Symphony Orchestra, the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Parma.

Since 2013 she has been collaborating with the Ensemble Le Musiche, during its annual residency at the Festival Opera Barga. Irini has been working as a musician for Sistema Scotland since March 2015.


Coralie Usmani

coralie.jpgNew Zealand violinist Coralie Usmani holds a Bachelor of Music Honours (first class) in violin performance from Auckland University. She has worked as a freelance violinist playing with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Auckland Chamber Orchestra, Korutet String Quartet and folk/pop bands Avalanche City and Madam Tsunami.
Coralie has appeared on NZ national TV a number of times, toured Australia (Big Day Out 2013) and performed in Paris with her string quartet ‘Korutet’. She has recently moved with her young family to Aberdeen, Scotland to teach at Big Noise Torry and is looking forward to exploring Scotland and beyond.


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