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International competition diploma
Chair of Accompaniment
at the St.Petersburg Conservatory

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. Especially noticeable among the concerts of the last years is her unique effort carried out together with her partner baritone Andrei SLAVNY, prize winner of international competitions. It is Anthology of Russian Classical Romance, a cycle of 27 concerts encompassing actually all important vocal pieces of the Russian chamber classics of the 19th and 20th centuries.

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.


  The first CD of the Project: Two Centuries of Russian Classical Romance.

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