Irina Zahharenkova is 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 Irina Zahharenkova became prize-winner at Artur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv, Israel.
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.
Irina Zahharenkova 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.
Performing frequently in solo piano and harpsichord recitals in Europe and Japan, Irina Zahharenkova has played among others in Klavier-Festival Ruhr in Germany, Spoleto Festival in Italy, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland, Bergen International Festival in Norway and others. As soloist she has appeared with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Israel Philarmonic Orchestra, Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Finlandia and others, played with such conductors as Juha Kangas, Dmitri Alexeev, Leif Segerstam, Patrick Gallois.
Her repertoire encompasses a wide range of musical styles from baroque to contemporary.
Apart from concert activities Irina Zahharenkova is teaching piano in Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and Sibelius Academy and working as accompanist in Kuopio Academy of Music and Dance (branch of Savonia University of Applied Sciences).
In 2010 Zahharenkova had two recordings released: DVD by Estonian Record Productions, recorded live at Glasperlenspiel Festival in Tartu, Estonia, where she gave a recital playing harpsichord, fortepiano and modern piano, and Bach Goldberg Variations CD recorded by Classical Records in Moscow. Her recording of Scarlatti Sonatas (Classical Records) released in spring 2012 has got very positive reviews.
– V Prize. Artur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition 2008 (Tel Aviv, Israel)
– VI Prize. Maj Lind International Piano Competition 2007 (Helsinki, Finland)
– I Prize and Audience Prize. The International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition 2006 (Leipzig, Germany)
– I Prize and two Special Prizes (the best interpretation of a Mozart Piano Sonata and that of a work by A. Casagrande). The Alessandro Casagrande International Piano Competition 2006 (Terni, Italy)
– IV Prize. Villa-Lobos International Piano Competition 2006 (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
– III Prize. Geneva International Piano Competition 2005 (Geneva, Switzerland)
– I Prize and Special Prize for the best interpretation of Enescu’s Piano Sonata. The International Competition George Enescu 2005 (Bucharest, Romania)
– III Prize and Special Prize for the best interpretation of compulsory contemporary piece. “Prague Spring” International Harpsichord Competition 2005 (Prague, Czech Republic)
– II Prize and two Special Prizes (the best interpretation of the compulsory contemporary piece and that of a French work). The Epinal International Piano Competition 2005 (Epinal, France)
– III Prize. Festival van Vlaanderen International Fortepiano Competition 2004 (Bruges, Belgium)
– I Prize, Audience Prize and Special Prize for the best interpretation of the compulsory contemporary piece. The Jaén International Piano Contest 2004 (Jaén, Spain)
– II Prize and Special Prize for the best interpretation of M.K. Ciurlionis’s works. The M.K. Ciurlionis International Piano Competition 2003 (Vilnius, Lithuania)
Mozart Piano Concerto No 25 K 503 2nd movement
Mozart Piano Concerto No 25 K 503 3rd movement
Rameau Suite A-minor from “Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin“
Mozart Piano Concerto No 12 K 414 1st movement
Čiurlionis String Quartet
Ken Fujimitsu, “The four seasons in Ritsurin ~ In the garden”
Bach English Suite No 2 BWV 807 – Prelude, Allemande, Courante
Bach English Suite No 2 BWV 807 – Sarabande, Bourée I, Bourée II, Gigue