Born in Siberia, Russia, and now based in Brighton, Polina Shepherd (Skovoroda) is an internationally renowned composer, singer, pianist and choir leader.
Whilst living in Kazan (capital of Tatarstan) and studying at the State Academy, Polina joined Russia′s first klezmer band after Perestroika, Simcha (1990-2000). She soon became the principal Yiddish choir leader of the former Soviet Union, composing original material for large groups of voices and touring internationally with her Quartet Ashkenazim (1991-2007).
Currently bringing all her early experiences to the front, Polina has composed original songs and is performing them with a Brighton based brass band Fanfara.
As a pianist works with the Sound & Light Cinematic Duo (UK), who play live accompaniment to rare black and white films. Also she is a member of the Merlin Shepherd Quartet who bring together the music of Jewish eastern Europe, Greece and Turkey. Choir leader of Chutzpah choir in 2006-2011, the Russian choir of Brighton & Hove since 2007 and the UCL East European choir since 2010. As a Russian and Yiddish singer worked and recorded with a remix artist Max Pashm in his project Never Mind the Balkans.