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!