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Polina Shepherd (Skovoroda) was born in Siberia and grew up in Tatarstan, central Russian, in a home where songs were regularly sung at a family table.
Whilst living in Kazan (capital of Tatarstan) and studying at the State Academy, Polina became interested in East European Jewish music and joined Russia′s first klezmer band after Perestroika, Simcha (1990-2000). She also soon started composing original material for large groups of voices and touring internationally with her Quartet Ashkenazim (1991-2007).
She moved to the UK in 2003.
Now an internationally acclaimed performer, educator and composer, she leads choirs, teaches workshops, collaborates and tours with bands and travels with solo programmes, promoting cultural connections and bringing people together through music.
The latest and so far most ambitious project is 150 Voices, a recorded collaboration between Polina, the lead singer of the Grammy Award-winning Klezmatics Lorin Sklamberg and choirs in the UK and the USA (CD 150 Voices, 2020), which also includes the Brighton & Hove Russian Choir.
Polina’s choir work is united under the umbrella of The Polina Shepherd Vocal Experience and covers many aspects of vocal music from large scale choirs to smaller chamber groups, from highly arranged and conducted pieces to on the spot choral improvisation. During the pandemic in 2020/21 Polina organised weekly online Sing With Me Sessions with up to 90 participants from all parts of the globe. These will now continue on an occasional basis.