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Irina Osipova

Irina Osipova was born in 1955 in Moscow Region. She graduated from the Moscow Conservatoire in 1981(class of prof. Eugene Malinin), having been a Grand Prizewinner at the 1979 Paris International Competition of M.Long and J.Thibaud. In 1983 she was awarded a Laureate prize at the first Moscow Rachmaninov Competition. Irina offers a wide repertoire and she has been acclaimed for her performances with leading orchestras, as well as for her work as a solo artist.

She has played in many countries, including Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Holland, Croatia, Belguim, Germany, Norway, America, Italy, Denmark, Poland, Cyprus, France and the UK. Her recording include all Rachmaninov's transcriptions for the piano, and songs by Mussorgsky with a soloist of the Moscow Grand Opera, works of N.Medtner (Whole 38 op. of cycle “Forgotten melodies”, “Meditation”, “Canzona- matinata” and Tragic sonata from op.39), released by BMG. Her press reviews have been outstanding. In particular, her interpretation of Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto has been lauded as a paragigm for contemporary musical expression and as the ultimate romantic virtuoso reading of his work.

Following graduation, she was appointed to the teaching staff of the Moscow Conservatoire and subsequently became Professor of Piano (solo and accompaniment). Her students are achieving a very high standard of performance and gaining major prizes at national and international competitions. She is a great demand both as an adjudicator for competitions and as a tutor at summer schools.

Her masterclasses include presentations and concert performances (recitals and performances with orchestra) in Cyprus, Germany, Norway, Denmark, UK, Italy, France, Poland, Russia and former Soviet Republics. She has been invited as an adjudicator at many national and international Competitions, including those in London, Rome, Germany, Italy, Cyprus, Croatia, Moscow, St-Petersburg, Kaliningrad,Vologda, Ryasan, Sochi, Orenburg and others. In 1996 she became a President of Russian Piano Teacher' Association (EPTA-Russia) and Vice President of European Piano Teachers' Association. She also is the Editor in Chief of the Piano Journal of Russia. On April of 2002 she was awarded Honorary artist's name of Russia.