IRINA SHARAPOVA was born in 1951. She graduated from the Conservatory with diplomas in Piano (with Prof. Lysenko, now leading professor at the Toronto University Music Department) and in Chamber Ensemble (with Prof. Fondaminskaya). She completed her postgraduate study in Chamber Ensemble with leading professors of that discipline.
Since 1981 Mrs. Sharapova has been teaching Chamber Ensemble and Accompaniment at the St.Petersburg Conservatory. Now her class is one of the largest - 26 students, among whom are guests from Europe and Korea. Many graduates of Ms Sharapova’s class are now with musical theaters and concert companies of St.Petersburg, and in North America, Israel, Germany and Poland.
Along with teaching, Mrs. Sharapova concertizes, and this activity is intensive and diversified. She performs with renowned Petersburg musicians in prestigious concert halls and with most diversified programs including hundreds of pieces, from ancient European and Russian music to contemporary composers. The Russian vocal classics is the core of Ms Sharapova’s concert activity.
Irina Sharapova is the producer and main performer of the subscription series of music events entitled Russian Musical Culture of the 18th- 20th Centuries. As musicologist, she also delivers lectures on the Russian musical culture at the concerts of the series.
As recital pianist, Mrs. Sharapova plays piano works by contemporary composers (Slonimsky, Arapov, Below, Belimov, Voronina) and often is their premier performer.
Mrs. Sharapova has recordings on the Russian Radio and TV. In addition to pedagogical and concerting activities, Mrs. Sharapova closely collaborates with music publishers. Jointly she is now preparing for publication a series entitled The Golden Repertoire of a Vocalist and consisting of 100 note albums of popular classical vocal music.
Irina Sharapova is a Music Director of new unique project Two Centuries of Russian Classical Romance. The project is intended to present the remarkable phenomenon of world culture - Russian classical romance (Art Song, Lied). Classical music lovers around the world will get acquainted with popular and unknown chamber vocal masterpieces of Russian composers from the beginning of XIX - end XX centuries. Now she has recorded three CDs in this project.
Irina Sharapova has great experience of teaching. She conduct master classes, coaching sessions and consultations for pianists, singers and any ensemble musicians. The musicians considerably improve skills during several lessons.