„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. Gulzarova played on important international stages and festivals such as the Carnegie Hall, the Tonhalle Zurich, the Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Grafenegg Festival, the Oxford Festival, the Moscow Philharmonic. Among the conductors with whom she has enjoyed successful associations are Lawrence Foster, Vladimir Spivakov, Jürg Hennenberger, Constantine Orbelian, Dmitry Kitajenko, Aziz Shokhakimov. Gulzarova has worked with a number of renowned orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Tonkünstler Orchestra, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, the Basel Symphony Orchestra or the Orchestra l’Opéra de Marseille. She shares her passion for chamber music on stage with musicians such as Rudolf Buchbinder, Mischa Maisky, Vadim Repin or Daniel Hope. Her schedule for the 19/20 season includes fresh invitation to play with the Orchestra l’Opéra de Marseille, as well as her début with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Irena Gulzarova was born in 1982 in Tashkent to a family of musicians. Her musical studies continued with Prof. Marat Gumarov at the state Uzbek Academy of music and then with Prof. Rudolf Buchbinder at the music Academy in Basel.
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).