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Borletti-Buitoni Trust
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I would like to express my deep gratitude to BBtrust for giving me the Fellowship Award. It has been an extremely developing experience, which influenced my professional life and gave me a lot of encouragement. For this great support, so important for me as a musician, I am very thankful.

Irina Zahharenkova"

Irina Zahharenkova was supported by BBT between 2007 and 2012.

Irina Zahharenkova is one of the most outstanding keyboard performers of her generation to emerge from Estonia today. She has won first prizes in Leipzig's Johann Sebastian Bach Competition (2006), Italy's Alessandro Casagrande Competition (2006), Romania's Georges Enesco Competition (2005), and Spain's Premio Jaen Competition (2004). In 2008 she was a prize-winner in Arthur Rubinstein Piano Masters Competition in Tel Aviv, Israel. Zahharenkova obtained her Master of Music degree at the Estonian Academy of Music with Lilian Semper and at the Sibelius Academy in Finland with Hui-Ying Liu-Tawaststjerna. In addition to piano she explored early keyboards, studying harpsichord with Maris Valk-Falk and fortepiano with Pekka Vapaavuori. Irina Zahharenkova has also been a laureate at the Prague Spring competition in Czech Republic (2005) as a harpsichordist and at Bruges' Festival van Vlaanderen competition (2004) as fortepianist. She was a winner of a 2007 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship. Performing frequently in solo piano and harpsichord recitals in Europe and Japan, she has played - among others - at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr in Germany, Spoleto Festival in Italy, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland and Bergen International Festival in Norway. As soloist she has appeared with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Israel Philarmonic, Helsinki City Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Estonian State Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Finlandia and others, played with such conductors as Juha Kangas, Dmitri Aleksejev, Leif Segerstam and Patrick Gallois. Her repertoire encompasses a wide range of musical styles from baroque to contemporary. Apart from concert activities Irina Zahharenkova teaches piano in Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. In 2010 Zahharenkova's debut DVD was released by Estonian Record Productions, recorded live at Glasperlenspiel Festival in Tartu, Estonia, where she gave a recital playing harpsichord, fortepiano and modern piano.

Last updated: August 2010

Photographs by Pette Rissanen

  • Recording harpsichord and piano demo CD
  • New photos
  • Recording of Goldberg Variations with Classical Records, Moscow
  • Assistance with European PR for Scarlatti CD recording
Scarlatti Piano Sonatas

Scarlatti Piano Sonatas

Scarlatti: Sonata in G major K235

Scarlatti: Sonata in D major K145

Scarlatti: Sonata in D minor K213

This recording follows on from Bach’s Goldberg Variations released on the same label in 2010, also supported by BBT.  “Beautifully sculpted pianism with plenty of colour, character and imagination. A very enterprising programme, too: a good number of the sonatas – all of them musically interesting - are relatively unfamiliar. “ (Rob Cowan BBC Radio 3)

Irina Zahharenkova piano

Classical Records
www.classicalrecords.ru 

Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust

J.S. Bach Goldberg Variations

J.S. Bach Goldberg Variations

Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988 Variation 13

Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988 Variation 17

Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988 Variation 20

One of the finest keyboard players of her generation to emerge from Estonia, BBT has supported Irina Zahharenkova’s recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations – her debut CD with the Russian label Classical Records.

Irina Zahharenkova piano

Classical Records
www.classicalrecords.ru

Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust

Irina Zahharenkova

Irina Zahharenkova

Ligeti: Étude No. 13 L’escalier du diable

J.S.Bach: Allemande from Partita No. 4 in D BWV828

Scarlatti: Sonata in C K49

Irian Zahharenkova chose to spend some of her BBT Fellowship budget on making a professional demo CD, excerpts of which are featured here. 

Irina Zahharenkova piano

Classical Recording Company
www.classicalrecording.com

Artist Contact

Irina Zahharenkova at 
telephone: + 358 456 324221
zahharen@inbox.ru 

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