Irina Kulikova (Russia)
Wednesday, June 13
Irina Kulikova was born in 1982 in Chelyabinsk Russia. A daughter of a musical family, she began studying guitar at the age of six. In 1992 she was admitted into “New Names,” the International program for young talents. In October of the same year she won First Prize for young guitar players at the International Competition in Chelyabinsk. This was followed in 1993 by participating in a regional and a television competition, winning First Prize in both. In 1994 she won three First Prizes, “Classical Guitar in Ural” in Chelyabinsk; “Classical Guitar Players” in Novosibirsk (Siberia); and “Guitar in Russia” in Voronezh. As winner of international competitions, Irina was invited to play a number of concerts in Italy, and in 1995 she received invitations to play at gala concerts in Russia. The following year she was invited to the 11th International Guitar Festival in Poland. In 1997 she took part in the “International Festival of Classic Guitar” in England (West Dean). In 1998, Irina won First Prize at the “Open Competition S. Saidascheva” in Kazan, Tatarstan.
From 1998 to 2000 she studied at the “Tchaikovsky College” in Chelyabinsk with Professor and composer Victor Kozlov, and Professor of musicology Alexandr Volgusnov, graduating with excellent results. Since 2000 she has been studying with Professor Vladimir Chlopovsky at the “Academy of Music Gnessins” in Moscow.
Currently, Irina is studying in the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. Irina has taken master classes with Kryshtoph Pelech, John Mills, Eliot Fisk, Manuel Barrueco, Jose Maria Gallardo del Rey, Sergio Assad, Ricardo Gallen and David Russell.
First Prize Winner at Concurso Internacional, Ciudad De Coria, 2006
“…she has dazzled audiences with her virtuosity, and has matured into a performer of enormous warmth and vitality.”