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Maria Goundorina

Maria Goundorina, or Masja for short, is originally from the town of Novosskolniki, Russia. Maria's interest in choral music was born at the age of seven, when she joined a children's choir which later developed into school for choristers.

Maria began her musical studies at the Ippolitov-Ivanov musical institute and Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. After recieving her diploma from the latter Maria spent a number of years in Austria, where she studied at the University of Vienna.

In 2005 Maria moved to Stockholm to study choral conducting, under Anders Eby and Cecilia Rydinger among others, at the Royal College of Music. Maria recieved her degree in choral conducting in the spring of 2008.

During her time as a student, Maria also made time to both lead and perform with many prestigious ensembles in Russia, Germany and Sweden, as well partaking numerous conducting competitions. In 2004 Maria was one of the finalists in the International Competition for Young Choir Conductors taking place in Vienna, where she recieved the prize for "Best interpretation of a Romantic piece". In 2007 Maria was afforded the Eric Ericson travel bursary, and in 2009 she was a finalist in the international conducting competition The Eric Ericson Award.

In November of 2009 Maria Goundorina was chosen to be the new conductor of Allmänna Sången. She is the 27th conductor of the choir.

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