Piano, Accompanist

Education

Irina received her B.A. in Piano Pedagogy from the Astrakhan Conservatory (Russia) and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the Kazan Post-Graduate School (Russia).

Performance and Teaching Experience

Irina has performed as soloist and chamber musician in Russia, including for TV and Radio broadcasts, and in the United States. She has appeared numerous times as a soloist and collaborative artist in the National Capitol Area in venues such as Embassies, Lyceum, Levine Music and Kennedy Center Concert Hall as well as two performances in the Weil Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. She performed extensively at the Chamber Works at Illinois Chamber Music Festival for six seasons.

Irina also maintains a private studio and is a current faculty member of the Illinois Chamber Music Festival and Summer Camp.

At Levine

Irina has been on the Levine faculty since 1998 where she teaches piano, chamber trios and piano duos and serves as staff accompanist.

“My favorite aspect of Levine is the opportunity to connect with a wide range of students of different ages from 6 to 76, from many backgrounds and with varying skills and abilities. I also enjoy accompanying for students from different departments and contribute to their growth and success as a performers. I greatly value the experience and encouragement of my colleagues.”

Teaching Philosophy and Approach

“My main goal as a teacher is to encourage children to love music and make their experience as positive and rewarding as possible. Regarding my many adult students who already love music, I try to broaden their appreciation, expand their repertoire and build their confidence as performers.”

Personal

While not teaching and practicing, in her free time Irina enjoys reading and hiking and also spending time with her friends and adorable dog.