Linehan Concert Hall, UMBC
It’s about the touch
With the rare beauty of her tone and and her enchanting presence on stage, Irina Kulikova catches the hearts of audiences across the globe. She belongs to that class of musicians that tell something pure and special with their instrument in a seemingly effortless flow.
Soundboard Magazine wrote: “Some of the most sheerly beautiful playing I have ever heard.” And violinist Luz Leskowitz, director of the Salzburger Schlosskonzerte in Austria: “Wherever she performs, she plays herself into the hearts of the audience.” Kulikova’s secret, in life as in music: It's about the touch.
The daughter of a Russian cellist, Irina Kulikova started developing her musical senses at an exceptionally young age. At five, she got her first guitar. At eight, she made her first public performance, and by the time she was twelve, Irina Kulikova was a child star playing all across Russia and at festivals in Europe. At fourteen her name appeared in Maurice Summerfield’s book The Classical Guitar, its evolution, players and personalities since 1800.
Today, Irina Kulikova tours around the world with performances at leading festivals in Europe, North America, and Asia, and in concert halls such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, the Academic Capella in St. Petersburg, Schloss Mirabell in Salzburg, the Palau de la Musica in Valencia, the Musashino Hall in Tokyo and the Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai.
She received over 30 awards for her artistry, including 1st prizes at the highly prestigious competitions of Michele Pittaluga in Italy, Guitarra Alhambra in Spain, Forum Gitarre Wien in Austria, and Iserlohn in Germany.
Irina Kulikova graduated with distinction at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria,, the Conservatoire of Maastricht in The Netherlands, and the Gnessins Academy in Moscow, Russia. She has recorded four solo CD’s, three of which are distributed worldwide by the Naxos label.
Irina Kulikova resides in The Hague, Los Angeles, and Salzburg, and combines her concert career with a personal dedication to teaching.