Irini 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.
Lorna Geller (violin) is originally from Ayrshire in the southwest of Scotland. She spent eight years as a pupil of St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh before going on to gain a degree in music from Oxford University, then enjoyed several years of postgraduate studies with David Takeno and Arisa Fujita at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Lorna has always loved working with children and has a varied experience in music education, including in peripatetic violin teaching, music workshops and community projects, and directing young ensembles, as well as being a qualified teacher of Secondary School Music.
Though very busy now with her role at Big Noise, she still enjoys playing professionally, including with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as a guest player as well as other freelance orchestral and chamber music work.
Lorna began her career with Sistema Scotland as part of the new team in Glasgow which launched Big Noise Govanhill in 2013. Five fantastic years later she moved even further north with her fiancé, to join the wonderful Big Noise team in Torry in January 2017, and has been enjoying exploring the beautiful country as well as rediscovering her passion for horse-riding!
Violist, Laurie Rominger, is a native of North Carolina, USA. An active orchestral and chamber musician, she has been a member of numerous full and chamber orchestras in the US, Germany, and Austria. She maintains an active schedule as guest recitalist, with recent appearances in Central America, Europe, and across the Southern United States. In 2015 she was featured on Panama’s national radio station and served as guest artist at the Alfredo Saint Malo Festival in Panama City.
As a teacher, Laurie has served as a viola teaching assistant at both Louisiana State University and Florida State University. She has worked within various iterations of El Sistema around the world, as she spent three years on the faculty of Kids' Orchestra in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and she also served as Academic Coordinator and Director of String Activities for Fundación Sinfonia Concertante de Panama (FUNSINCOPA) in Panama City, Panama.
Laurie holds a Doctorate in music performance with a minor in education from the Louisiana State University, as well as a Master’s of Music from Florida State University, and a Bachelor in Music and German from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Her research interests include musicianship in string classrooms and beginning string method books.
Ulla-Riikka started playing cello at age of five. Her dream profession as a child was to become a cello teacher and as a teenager, her passion for music grew stronger and she started seriously considering a career as a professional musician.
Ulla-Riikka studied in University of Applied Sciences in Jyväskylä, Finland graduating in Music Pedagogy in 2008. Part of her studies was an Erasmus exchange year in Liszt Academy, Hungary as well as a two months internship as tutti cello player in Cape Philharmonic orchestra, South Africa. Ulla-Riikka continued her studies in Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama graduating with MMus degree 2009. She carried on instrumental studies two more years in Tampere, Finland with Soloistic Specialisation Studies 1 and 2, 2009-2011.
Ulla-Riikka has been working as a cello teacher and musician since 2010 in varied music schools and community colleges in Tampere and surrounding areas and since 2017 with Big Noise Torry. Ulla-Riikka is interested in different teaching methods and has herself specialised in the Suzuki method.
In her free time she enjoys singing, music-making and reading, as well as learning and speaking different languages.