Irina Zahharenkovais one of the most outstanding keyboard performers of her generation to emerge from Estonia today.
She has won first prizes from major international piano competitions as the International Johann Sebastian Bach
Competition (Leipzig, Germany –2006), Alessandro Casagrande International Piano
Competition (Terni, Italy– 2006), International Competition George Enescu (Bucharest, Romania – 2005), and
Jaén International Piano Contest (Jaén, Spain – 2004). In 2008 she became prize-winner in Artur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv,
Israel.Irina has also been a laureate in Prague Spring competition in Czech Republic (2005) –
as a harpsichordist and in Festival van Vlaanderen competition in Bruges, Belgium (2004) – as fortepianist. She was a winner of 2007 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award.
''Wanda Landowska worthy successor by her expressive
huge repertoire (from Scarlatti to Ligeti) and
- Christine Ducq, La Revue du Spectacle.fr
''The wonderful harpsichord playing of Irina
her playing is rhytmic, inventive and
- Dominy Clement, MusicWeb International
"Irina Zahharenkova was very impressive /.../ we got
all the musical colour we might have wished for, but played with the delicacy required to blend with the other musicians."
- David Karlin, Bachtrack
Irina Zahharenkova obtained her Master of Music degree in Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with Prof. Lilian Semper
and in Sibelius Academy in Finland with Prof. Hui-Ying Líu-Tawaststjerna. In addition to piano she explored early keyboards, studying harpsichord with prof. Maris Valk-Falk and fortepiano with
Prof. Pekka Vapaavuori.
She has attended masterclasses of Sir AndrásSchiff, Stephen Kovacevich, Angela Hewitt, Malcolm Bilson, Pierre Hantaï and others.
Performing frequently in solo piano and harpsichord recitals in Europe and Asia, Irina Zahharenkova has played among
others in Klavier-Festival Ruhr and Mendelssohn Festival in Germany, Spoleto Festival, Serate Musicali di Milano and Accademia Chigiana Festivalin Italy, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival,Naantali Festival, Mikkeli Summer Festival in Finland, Prades Pablo Casals Festival in France, Enescu Festival in Romania, Bergen
International Festival in Norway and many others.
As soloist she has appeared with BBC Ulster Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre National de
Lorraine, Israel Philarmonic Orchestra, Sinfonietta Riga, Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of North Carolina, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Estonian
National Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Finlandia and others, played with such conductors as Olari Elts, Robert Trevino, Daniel Raiskin, Juha Kangas, Risto Joost, Dmitri Alexeev, Leif Segerstam,
As an active chamber musician Irina Zahharenkova has played among others with Elina Vähälä, Arto Noras, Klaus Mäkelä,
Harri Mäki, Réka Szilvay, Jaakko Luoma, Jaakko Kuusisto, Martti Rousi, Minna Pensola, Antti Tikkanen, Sergey Malov, Daniel Müller-Schott, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Patrick Gallois, Sascha
Sitkovetsky, Nicolas Dautricourt, Daniel Rowland, Jacques Zoon, Ilya Gringolts, Harmut Rohde, Nicholas Daniel, Radovan Vlatkovic, Ivan Monghetti.
Her repertoire encompasses a wide range of musical styles from baroque to contemporary.
Apart from concert activities Irina Zahharenkova is working as a part-time piano teacher in Sibelius Academy and in
Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.
2010 Bach Goldberg Variations(Classical Records in Moscow);
2010 Keyboard Juggleress. Works of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven (live concert DVD, harpsichord, fortepiano and piano, Estonian Record Productions);
2010 Edition Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Beethoven (live recordings of festival artists, WDR 3);
2012 Scarlatti Sonatas(Classical Records);
2017Geneva Competition Piano Laureates (Rameaun Suite in A Minor; Claves Records);
2019Hans Gal. Selected Works (With Hanna Pakkala (viola),Toccata Classics);
2020Emanuel Moor. Selected Works (With David Stromberg (cello),Bavarian Radio/Oehms