April 30, 2015 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall

4th concert of the MASTERCLASS series

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791). Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K 491 (1786)
Dmitry Shostakovich
(1906–1975). Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65 (1943)

Irina Zahharenkova (piano)
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra


Irina Zahharenkova. Photo: Pette RIssanen.

Irina Zahharenkova is one of the most outstanding keyboard performers of her generation to emerge from Estonia today.
She has won first prizes in such 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 Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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, she 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 already got very positive reviews.

Daniel Raiskin and ENSO in 2013. Photo: Mike Amundsen

Daniel Raiskin and ENSO in 2013. Photo: Mike Amundsen

Daniel Raiskin, who has conducted ERSO on several occasions, is principal conductor of the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie in Koblenz, Germany and the Łódź Philharmonic in Poland.

Tickets 22 € /  16 €*
Presenting at Estonia Concert Hall box office the Solaris Club card you will get 5% discount on single ticket.


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Series  tickets 52,80 € /  38,40 €* on sale until 26.09.2014.
Series tickets can be purchased through PILETILEVI or at the box office at Estonia Concert Hall.

* Concessions available for school and university students and senior citizens.

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