Irina Zahharenkova

- the accompanist of the Summer Academy,
continuo playing


The Russian pianist, harpsichordist and fortepianist, Irina Zahharenkova, began her musical studies with her mother at age 4. At 13, she moved with her family to Tallinn, Estonia, where she studied at the Georg Ots Music College with Professor Mare Ots (1995-2000) and the Estonian Academy of Music (EAM) with Professor Lilian Semper (piano) and Professor Maris Valk-Falk (harpsichord. In 2003 obtained her master’s degree at this institute and is currently to continuing doctor-studies with the same professor. She entered the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki as an exchange student in 2002, and then as a degree student in 2003, studying in piano class of Dr. Hui-Ying Liu-Tawaststjerna She also studied fortepiano with Pekka Vapaavuori. She has also participated in numerous workshops and master-classes, among others: Stephen Kovacevich, Angela Hewitt, András Schiff, Victor Merzhanov, Malcolm Bilson, Huguette Dreyfus, Pierre Hantaï. Since 2003 she is studying for doctor degree in EAM (Professor Lilian Semper. In addition to the piano, she has pursued advanced courses in harpsichord, fortepiano, organ, chemistry, as well as Estonian and Finnish philology. She has also been a laureate in “Prague Spring” competition in Czech Republic (2005) as a harpsichordist and in “Festival van Vlaanderen” competition in Belgium (2004) as fortepianist.