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Eduard Tubin. Works for Violin and Piano. Vol 1

Keyboard Juggleress (Irina Zahharenkova, DVD)

Ad patrem meum (Anna-Liisa Bezrodny, Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, DVD)

Arsis. Legend

Magic of Sound (Ralf Taal)

Maria Magdalena (Sevara Nazarkhan, Riga Dom Cathedral Boys Choir, State Choir Latvija, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra)

Joy and Sorrow Unmasked (European Union Baroque Orchestra, Lars Ulrik Mortensen)

Locus amoenus (René Eespere)

The Best of Arsis Bells (Arsis, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Male Choir, Aivar Mäe)

Faust (Ain Anger, Estonian National Opera)

Modigliani − the Cursed Artist (Estonian National Ballet, Risto Joost)

ImagetextIRINA ZAHHARENKOVA

Piano
Harpsichord
Fortepiano

Pianist, harpsichordist and fortepiano-player... winner of several international piano competitions...

 

Biography

Irina Zahharenkova was born 23.02.76 in Kaliningrad, Russia. 1991–95 studied at Tallinn Georg Ots Music College in Estonia (Prof Mare Ots), 1995–2000 – at Estonian Academy of Music (piano: Prof Lilian Semper; harpsichord: Prof Maris Valk-Falk).
In 2003 obtained master’s degree at the Estonian Academy of Music (piano: Prof L Semper) and is currently to continuing doctor-studies with the same professor. Since 2002 student at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland (Prof Hui-Ying Liu-Tawaststjerna). Has participated in numerous workshops, among others: S Kovachevich, A Hewitt, A Schiff, V Merzhanov, H Dreyfus, P Hantai.

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Awards from competitions:

  • 2003 – II prize and special prize for interpretation of M K Čiurlionis’ works in M K Čiurlionis International Piano Competition, Lithuania
  • 2004 – I prize, audience prize and special prize for interpretation of compulsory contemporary piece in “Premio Jaén” International Piano Competition, Spain
  • 2004 – III prize in “Festival van Vlaanderen” International Pianoforte Competition, Belgium
  • 2005 – II prize, special prize for interpretation of French music and special prize for interpretation of contemporary music in Epinal International Piano Competition, France
  • 2005 – III prize and special prize for interpretation of compulsory contemporary piece in “Prague Spring” International Harpsichord Competition, Czech Republic
  • 2005 – I prize and special prize for interpretation of G Enescu’s Sonata in G Enescu International Piano Competition, Romania
  • 2005 – III prize in Geneva International Piano Competition in Switzerland
  • 2006 – I prize, special prize for interpretation of Mozart’s sonata and special prize for interpretation of A Casagrande’s works in Alessandro Casagrande International Piano Competition, Italy
  • 2006 – I prize and audience prize in J S Bach International Piano Competition, Leipzig, Germany
  • 2006 – IV prize in Villa-Lobos International Piano Competition, Brazil
  • 2007 – Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Winner

Have given recitals and performed with orchestras in Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Russia, Spain, Italy, Romania, Czech Republic, etc. Also acting as harpsichord and fortepiano (Hammerklavier) soloist as well as continuo-player in various orchestras and Baroque ensembles.

 

Discography

Imagetext DVD: KEYBOARD JUGGLERESS
Music by Pachelbel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven
Irina Zahharenkova (harpsichord, fortepiano, piano)
ERP 2509
Imagetext CD: J S BACH. GOLDBERG VARIATIONS
Irina Zahharenkova (piano)
CR-140, Classical Records 2010
player J S Bach. Goldberg Variations 28 & 29. Performed by Irina Zahharenkova, fragm, 3 min 7 sec, mp3
Press resonance

Neutral choice of media reviews about the performances Irina Zahharenkova:

This young pianist, born in 1976, is the tenth woman that wins this competition and the first Estonian who does it. /.../ The Jury of the competition, under the chairmanship of Guillermo González, has awarded her with the first prize because of her performance of Chopin’s Concierto número 1 en mi menor, Opus 11. This first prize consists on € 18,000, a three concerts tour in Andalusia, and a gold medal. The Estonian pianist has also received another two of the six awards of the competition. She has been awarded with the ‘Música Contemporánea’ prize (€ 3000) for her performance of Marina, by Eneko Vadillo Pérez; and she has received the ‘Trofeo del Público’ award, given by the public that attended the final. (Goldberg, Spain)

Irina Zahharenkova si è rivelata una pianista di grande originalità, che alla solidità pianistica unisce una espressività musicalmente matura e in grado di suscitare emozioni. Un pianismo ‘dalle tinte nordiche’ di grande intensità comunicativa. (RAI, Filodiffusione, Italia, whole article)

Salvestises räägib maitsekalt kaasa õnnestunud, kontserdisaalipärane helirežii ning muusikasiseseid muutusi sünkroonselt järgiv pildiline lahendus. /.../ Irina Zahharenkova mäng väljendab enamasti eelkõige kujundlikkust. Barokkmuusika ja osalt ka klassikalise muusika Urtext on temale üksnes “karkass”, kuhu lisada elavaid kujundeid. /.../ Tema meloodiast ja harmooniast välja kasvanud faktuur kõigutab Urtext’i rohkem, kui ollakse harjutud enesele lubama. Staatilised tempod aeglastes klassikalistes vormiosades aga väljendavad suurt emotsionaalset õrnust. /.../ Miski selles läbimurdes on väga kaasaegne ja põlvkondlikult julge. (Maris Valk-Falk, Sirp, 16.04.10, Estonia, whole article)

Irina Zahharenkova sooloõhtu tegi erakordsuseks see, et ta suutis õhtu jooksul pakkuda kõrgtasemel esinemist kolmel erineval klahvpillil – klavessiinil, haamerklaveril ja tänapäevasel kontsertklaveril. /.../ Haydni võluvalt lühike Sonaat G-duur kõlas koguni kolm korda – kõikidel laval olnud klahvpillidel. Tore mõte, demonstreerimaks kujukalt üleminekut klavessiiniajastult klaveriajastule! Ikka imetletakse Zahharenkova erilisust süüvimisel vanemasse muusikasse. Beethoveni sonaadi esitus kinnitas, et noore pianisti tugeva dramaturgilise vaistu taga kumab mõndagi avastuslikku. (Alo Põldmäe, Sirp, 31.07.09; Estonia, whole article)

Kolmandaks Mozarti teoseks sel kontserdil oli populaarne klaverikontsert A-duur KV 488, kus soleeris eesti-soome pianist ja klavessinist Irina Zahharenkova. Solist esitas oma osa kergelt ja meisterlikult, kuid kuulmismeelele mõjus karedana /.../ kontsertklaveri kolisev kõla... (Mart Jaanson, Sirp, 05.08.11, Estonia, whole article)

Irina Zahharenkova äratas laiemat tähelepanu kuuendal Eesti pianistide konkursil aastal 2002, saades diplomi, kuid võites paljude kuulajate ülima poolehoiu. Virtuoosse “konkursipianismi” seest tõusis Zahharenkova tol korral esile plastilise meloodiakujunduse ja väga orgaanilise muusikatunnetusega. /.../ Interpeedi tormiline areng võistlusatmosfääris on ootuspärane, aga samas ka üllatav. Täna esindab Zahharenkova üsna ekstravagantset, lausa eksperimenteerivat klaverimängu, mida tavaliselt harrastavad mõneti blaseerunud, uudsusi otsivad ning tehniliselt enesekindlad lavahundid. (Evi Arujärv, Postimees, Estonia)

...malbe olemisega nooruke pianist, on kaugel enese eksponeerimisest. Kuid sellest hoolimata äratab tema konkursivõitude nimekiri aukartust. Viimaste aastate jooksul on ta neid kinni pannud tervelt üheksa. Seejuures tundub, nagu teeks ta seda ülimalt lõdva randmega. Möödub kuu ja tuleb jälle teade, millise prestiižse konkursi see Eesti Muusika- ja Teatriakadeemia doktorant on ära võitnud. (Brigitta Davidjants, Eesti Ekspress, Estonia, whole article)

Žürii jäägitult üksmeelsel otsusel (ajakirjandus pidas vajalikuks seda rõhutada!) läks peapreemia Irina Zahharenkovale, kes oma ülipeene ja tundliku mänguga lummas arvukat publikut ning võlus välja spontaanse, marulise ja uskumatult pika aplausi. (Muusika, Estonia, whole article)

Eesti autoriteetseim muusikakriitik Evi Arujärv märgib äärmiselt täpselt, et Zahharenkova ei kasuta ühtegi odavat nippi, et publiku hinge trügida, ja usaldab eelkõige klaverit. Kirjutan nendele hinnangutele alla nii parema kui vasaku käega ja lisan oma kogemusest, et Zahharenkova on mulle teadaolevalt ainuke eesti klavessinist (!), kes on võimeline numberbassi prima vista improviseerima. /.../ Kui võtta endale prohveti tänamatu roll, siis Irina Zahharenkova esituskunstis on olemas absoluutselt kõik näitajad, et ennast maailmas edukalt realiseerida. (Toomas Velmet, Sirp, 17.09.04, Estonia, whole article)

... kontserdil kandis kõik 30 Goldbergi variatsiooni klaveril ette rohkelt klaverimängu preemiatega pärjatud pianist... On tähelepanuväärne, et Zahharenkova mängis poolteist tundi puhkepausideta ja tema esituses ei ilmnenud peaaegu mingeid väsimuse märke – variatsioonid kõlasid meisterlikult, nii et küllap oleks unetu krahv Keyserling nendega A.D. 2008 Tartu Jaani kirikus ilma Goldbergitagi rahule jäänud. (Kaur Garšnek & Katrin Parbus, Sirp, 01.08.08, Estonia)

Kui kontserdile minnes oligi mõningaid kõhklusi, kuidas klaver soolopillina kirikus kõlab, siis alates selle esimestest helidest olid need täielikult kadunud. Tipphetki võib olla mitmesuguseid. See siin oli sellel festivalil kindlasti üks kõige sügavamaid elamusi, vaatamata sellele, et Tartu Ülikooli aulast kohale toodud klaveri häälestus jättis kohati häirivalt soovida. Seda korvas interpreedi süvenemine täis rahu. (Lilian Langsepp, Muusika, 8–9/2008, Estonia)

Tavaliselt imetletakse Zahharenkova võimet süüvida vanemasse muusikasse. Beethoveni op 14 nr 2 sonaadi esitus kinnitas, et noore pianisti tugev dramaturgiline vaist võib ka teiste ajastute muusikasse tuua mõndagi avastuslikku. (Alo Põldmäe, Muusika, 09 / 2009, Estonia)

 

Main repertoire

Piano

Johann Sebastian Bach: 6 Partitas BWV 825–830; English Suite No 2 in A minor BWV 807; French Suite No 3 in B minor BWV 814; 15 Sinfonias BWV 787–801; Goldberg variations BWV 988
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonatas Op 2 No 1 in F minor, Op 2 No 2 in A major, Op 7 in E-flat major, Op 13 in C minor, Op 14 No 2 in G major, Op 101 in A major, Op 106 in B-flat major Hammerklavier, Op 109 in E major, Op 110 in A-flat major; 32 Variations in C minor WoO 80; 7 Bagatelles Op 33
Johannes Brahms: 3 Intermezzi Op 117; 6 Pieces Op 118; Variations and Fugue on Theme by Händel Op 24; Sonata No 2 in F-sharp minor Op 2
Frédéric Chopin: Scherzo No 4 in E major Op 54; Ballades No 3 in A-flat major Op 47,  No 4 in F Minor Op 52; Sonata No 3 in B minor Op 58; 24 Preludes; Nocturns and Mazurkas
Claude Debussy: Suite Bergamasque
George Enescu: Sonata in F-sharp Minor Op 24 No 1; Suite Op 10
Morton Feldman: Triadic memories
Joseph Haydn: 7 Sonatas
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonatas in C major KV 330, in D major KV 331, in B-flat major KV 333, in D major KV 576; Rondos in D major KV 485 and in A minor KV 511; Adagio in B minor; Variations Lison dormait in C major KV 264; Variations Salve tu, Domine in F major KV 398
Paul Hindemith: Sonata No 1
Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata No 2 in D minor Op 14;  Sonata No 8 in B-flat major Op 84; Toccata
Maurice Ravel: Miroirs; Jeu d’eau; Le tombeau de Couperin; Pavane
Domenico Scarlatti: about 20 Sonatas
Robert Schumann: Kreisleriana Op 16; Sonata No 1 in F-sharp minor; Etudes Symphoniques
Dmitri Shostakovitch: Sonata No 2 in B minor
Isaac Albéniz: Pieces from Iberia
Arnold Schönberg: 3 Pieces Op 11
Anton Webern: Variations Op 27
György Ligeti: Etudes

Harpsichord

William Byrd: Pavanes and Galiardas; The Carman’s Whistle, The Bells, John Come Kisse Me Now, Fantasies, Tregian’s Ground,  Sellenger’s Ground
John Bull: Pavanes and Galiardas
Johann Pachelbel: Suite in E major; Toccata and Fugue in B-flat major; Aria and 6 Variations in A minor from Hexachordum Apollini
Jacques Champion de Chambonnières: Pieces
Louis Couperin: Pieces
François Couperin: 5 Suites; Preludes from L’Art de toucher le clavecin
Johann Jakob Froberger: Suite in A minor; Toccatas
Jean-Henri d’Anglebert: Suites
Johann Sebastian Bach: 15 Sinfonias BWV 787–801; Italian Concerto BWV 971; Partitas No 2 in C minor BWV 826 and No 6 in E minor BWV 830; Capriccio On the Departure of His dearly Beloved Brother BWV 992; English Suite No 2 in A minor BWV 807
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Variations Folie d’Espagne
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Sonata No 6 in E-flat major
Girolamo Frescobaldi: Toccatas
Baldassare Galuppi: Sonatas
Orlando Gibbons: The Woods So Wilde, Pieces
Georg Friedrich Händel: Suite in F major
Jean-Philippe Rameau: Suite in A minor
Domenico Scarlatti: about 30 Sonatas
Thomas Tallis: Felix Namque
Padre Antonio Soler: Sonatas
György Ligeti: Hungarian rock; Continuum

Piano concertos

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: all concertos
Ludwig van Beethoven: No 2 in B-flat major, No 3 in C minor, No 4 in G major
Frédéric Chopin: No 1 in E minor, No 2 in F minor
Robert Schumann: Concerto in A minor
Pjotr Tchaikovsky: Concerto No 1 in B-flat minor

Harpsichord concertos

Johann Sebastian Bach: in D minor BWV 1052, in E Major BWV 1053, in D major BWV 1054, in A major BWV 1055, in F minor BWV 1056
Bohuslav Martinů: Concerto for harpsichord and chamber orchestra
Francis Poulenc: Concert Champêtre
Peeter Vähi: Concerto piccolo

player J S Bach. English Suite No 2, piano, fragm, 107 sec, mp3
player J Pachelbel. Aria & Six Variations, harpsichord, live, fragm, 3 min 33 sec, mp3
player W A Mozart. Variations Lison dormait, fortepiano, live, fragm, 3 min, mp3
player L van Beethoven. Sonata in E major, piano, live, fragm, 127 sec, mp3

Listen to a whole recital
player Interview (in Estonian, Russian and English, video-director Jüri Tallinn, ERP) with Irina Zahharenkova in YouTube

 

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