mezzo soprano Marina Karagianni was born in Johannesburg, South
Africa and grew up in Thessaloniki, Greece. She took her first music
lessons at the age of 7 and initially studied the classical guitar
for 10 years. After a few years of writing and performing her own
songs, her love of singing took over. She studied for a Singing
Diploma (classical) at the Ampelokipi Municipal Conservatoire in
Thessaloniki as well as a Degree in Harmony and was awarded both
titles with distinction. At
the same time she studied for a BA Hons in Early Childhood
Studies specializing in music education. As part of her education
degree she wrote a paper entitled ''The importance of music for
preschool age children; methods of teaching''.
Thessaloniki, Marina also gained invaluable experience in various
aspects of music production and education as an assistant director,
stage manager and assistant choir director while working alongside
her singing teacher, Grigorios Pyrialakos. She also did work in
opera translation and adaptation.
2003, Marina moved
to Cambridge to study for a Master of Arts in Music in vocal
performance at Anglia Ruskin University. While at Anglia Ruskin,
Marina was awarded a postgraduate bursary to fund her research into
the music of Percy Grainger. She completed her postgraduate studies
with a lecture recital and dissertation on the subject of Percy
Grainger's British folk music settings and presented her paper at
the Cambridge University Graduate Conference of Ethnomusicology
in June 2006. While in Cambridge she also worked as a music specialist
teacher in nursery schools in Cambridge and taught singing privately
to students of various ages. She also founded and led
''Saturday Music Sessions'', an alternative music group for community
children 2-7 years old based in Cambridge.
Marina studied with the international tenor Ryland Davies. She recently relocated to Sandgate in Kent and divides her time between performing and teaching. She has appeared as a soloist in concert, recital and opera singing music by Pergolesi (Stabat Mater), Berio (4 Canzoni Popolari, Folksongs, A-Ronne, 3 Weill Songs), Purcell (Dido in Dido and Aeneas), Durufle (Requiem), Handel (Dixit Dominus), Mozart (Vesperae solennes de confessore), Kurt Weill, Britten (Paul Bunyan) and Montsalvatge (5 Canciones Negras) amongst others. Marina has also given recitals of Percy Grainger's folk song arrangements. She is particularly interested in folk-inspired art songs, baroque opera and the music of Handel.
Recent London performances included a recital at St. Bride's Fleet street and a Handel recital at St. Martin-in- the-Fields. In May 2011 Marina appeared as Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas for Anglia Opera in Cambridge. In August 2011 she covered the roles of 3rd Lady/3rd Boy in the Magic Flute for Co-Opera Co. in London and in autumn 2011 she appeared as Don Liscione in Scarlatti's ''La Dirindina'' in her hometown Thessaloniki. Her most recent performance was at St Leonards Church in Hythe in March 2016 where she performed folk-inspired songs from the British Isles and beyond. Marina will be launching 'Sing & Drum', a new music group for children in Sandgate, Folkestone at the end of September 2016.