She began her piano studies at the age of 8 at Music Elementary State School in Niksic- Piano Major lasting 7 years completed with excellent success in 3.5 years at the age of 11 being a student in a class of Professor Mira Jovovic and Marijetka Nikcevic. Then she continues her piano studies under tutelage of Vladimir Bockarjov, a graduate from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. At the age of 15 she passed the entrance exams with highest scores at the University of Montenegro, Academy of Music where she was studying with Professor Boris Kraljevic for four years of Undergraduate studies with distinction results.
Her solo concerts and participations at numerous musical events began in 1992. She was awarded many diplomas and prizes from National and International Competitions which include: third prize (A bronze Lyre) at Twentieth Youth Music Festival in Podgorica, Montenegro 1993, Third Prize on the International Competition of Young Musicians “Petar Konjovic” in Belgrade 1995. First Prize in the prestigious competitions from all over former Yugoslavia candidates in Nis, Serbia, In 1996 she was awarded the “24 September” honorable prize by Niksic Youth Council for exceptional results achieved in the field of culture. In 1997 she earned a Diploma with 85.4 points at the Intenational Competition “Petar Konjovic” held in Belgrade. After she gave her first piano debut at the age of 13 with recital lasting 1 hour covering several epoch starting with Baroque toward Modern composers. The recitals were held in the most prestigious halls throughout Montenegro including “Budo Tomovic” in Podgorica, “Cathedral of St. Tripun” in Kotor, “Zahumlje” in Niksic,“Buca Castle” in Tivat, ….
In 1999 she won First Prize (Golden Lyre) at the 26th Festival of Young Musicians of Montenegro. Then she gave numerous concerts throughout Serbia and Montenegro National Theatre in Podgorica, Gallery of Serbian Academy of Science and Arts in Belgrade.
She received an invitation from the Italian Government for the participation in the “Cassino Luogo D’Europe” International Festival of Young Talents in Montecassino, Italy and earned a merit award for outstanding performance. In 2000 she won the “OMPA – 2000” annual award from the Youth Music Poetic Association of Montenegro as the youngest student with the exceptional results studying then already second year at the University of Montenegro, Department of Music.
In 2001 she won First Prize (“Golden Lyre”) at the 28th Youth Music Festival of Montenegro (student category).
She has performed a piano duo with internationally acclaimed pianist Pierre Feraux with whom she played concert in Abbey de Floreffe, Belgium 2005.
She recorded several CDs, starting with Studio of Music Academy, Montenegro, Blue Wave Studio in Paris, France.
She studied piano master courses under tutelage of Constantin Boginoa, Ruth Harte, Michael Schreider, Irina Ossipova, Leonid Kontorovski, Julian Jacobson, Fazliddin Husanov, William Fong, Andrew Haigh,.. Participant with awarded scholarship, patron John Lill, at North London Piano School in London, UK
She was participant with an awarded scholarship, patron Sir Colin Davis at Piano Course and The Alexander Technique, with Professor Nelly Ben-Or in London, UK 2005.
In 2005 she was accepted as a Music Performance student at the University of Bridgeport, CT, USA where she was awarded a Presidential Merit Scholarship for every year of studies at this University.
Irina can be contacted at irina.klyuev(at)gmail.com.
Visit her home page at http://irinaklyuev.com.
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