„Her technique and prowess work miracles."
„Everything was in her performance: incomparable technical skill, breathtaking phrasing and emotional potential"
Described by Zubin Mehta as „an artist with unusual pianistic talent“ Irena Gulzarova is one of the outstanding representatives of her generation. Regularly praised for her warm sensitive interpretations and delicate intuition, she combines her virtuoso technique with great refinement and magnetic stage presence.
Born 1982 in Tashkent to a family of musicians, she began playing piano at the age of six and only two years later had already given her debut recital. During her studies at Uspensky special music school, she was awarded first prize at the 1997 International Piano Competition in Palma de Mallorca and was subsequently invited to give performances in Spain, Italy, Germany, England, Switzerland and Russia. The following year saw another brilliant performance at the International Piano Competition in Salerno, Italy which was again rewarded with the first prize. In 2000 she received a grant from Spivakov International Charity Foundation and since 2013 has been an official representative for the Foundation in Switzerland.
After graduation in 2000 from the Uspensky special music school (with L.Mermelshtein and A.Kim), she was accepted to the Tashkent State Conservatory (with M.Gumarov) and during her studies there, also took lessons with Professor A. Mndoyants at the Moscow Conservatory. In 2003 Irena was selected to participate in Rudolf Buchbinder’s Master Courses in Zurich and was subsequently invited by him to study in his Master Class at the Basel Music Academy, where she graduated in 2010.
Irena Gulzarova has received many awards such as Presidential Prize of Uzbekistan (Tashkent 2005), "Golden Talent" from the Russian "Performing Arts" Foundation (Moscow 2005), Prize for the nomination "Best Newcomer 2004" from the Ministry of Culture, Uzbekistan (Tashkent 2005).
In December 2012 she made her debut in Carnegie Hall with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra conducted by Constantine Orbelian and in the following years in the Tonhalle Zurich and at the Grafenegg Festival in Austria with Lawrence Foster and the Tonkünstler Orchestra.
Highlights of the Irena’s 2015/16 season will be concerts in Uzbekistan and Russia as well as a concert with Marseille Philarmonic Orchestra under Thierry Fischer and a renewed invitation to the Grafenegg Festival.