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IRINI SARIKOSTA

Pianist

Irini Sarikosta was born in Athens and studied piano performance at the Hellenic Conservatoire of Athens. Under the guidance of C. Gaitanos, she was awarded the Soloist’s Diploma, graduated with a First Prize and received the Alex Tournaissen prize for outstanding performance.

She was then awarded a scholarship for the Master of Performance (MPerf) at the Royal College of Music in London and graduated with the A.R.C.M. Associate of the Royal College of Music diploma, under professor  Yonty Solomon.

She also studied with Irina Zaritskaya, Tatyana Nikolayeva, Lev Vlassenko, and Martino Tirimo.

Irini attended Chamber Music Masterclasses by Igor Oistrakh, Timothy Hugh and Grigory Zhislin at the Royal College of Music and Piano Performance Masterclasses given by Diane Andersen, Vera Gornostaeva and Eliso Virsaladze at the Centre Européen des Activités Artistiques Yamaha in Paris.

She has also performed as a soloist and chamber musician in various festivals across Europe.

Irini’s numerous professional engagements led to her staying in London after the conclusion of her studies. She lived in London for a total of 11 years. She was invited to join Sir Yehudi Menuhin’s scheme Live Music Now in London, leading to music performances for vulnerable social groups across the U.K. as well as Ireland and Germany. During that time, she also collaborated with musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra in multiple workshops, where she specialised in the planning and facilitation of concerts and presentations aimed at vulnerable social groups.

 

https://www.livemusicnow.org.uk/.

Sponsored by the Bank of Cyprus London Ltd, she also gave concerts for the Young Greek Master Series at the Hellenic Centre in London.

Irini also served as an assistant of the piano faculty at the Yehudi Menuhin School and as a piano professor at the Manor House Boarding School.

A big part of Irini’s career is devoted to chamber music. In 2007, the “Trio Ensemble X”, of which Irini was a member, performed at world premiere the works by Greek composers T. Antoniou, I. Papadatou and A. Ntarla (T. Tamvakos Archive). Irini has also recorded for Radio France, BBC, Israeli Radio and has appeared on Greek television.

In 2008, the Ministry of Culture of Greece commissioned Irini to research, develop and present an educational program entitled “Music for Everyone”, (Weeks of Educational Action, Notes of Culture, Ministry of Culture, Edition 2008,). The aim of the program was to promote classical music through the active participation of the audience during quality concerts, resulting in elevating the educational element of the experience as well as the entertainment itself. Part of this educational program was executed in 2009 and presented at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall by Irini and the Thessaloniki State Orchestra in collaboration with the Department of Contemporary Music of the Ministry of Culture.

https://www.tsso.gr/inst/tsso_6/gallery/DAM/EVENTS/PROGRAM/20090320_program.pdf.  

  

Her commitment to making music education accessible to everyone-particularly amongst adults - led Irini to a two-year collaboration with the General Secretary of Life Long Learning of the Ministry of Education and the Attica Regional Government. During that time, she offered a series of music seminars with the purpose of providing the wider population with a more complete education.

Her passion and dedication for music education and its direct impact on the society didn’t stop there; she completed a course herself in Cultural Management and Music Therapy at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Since 2001 Irini has been performing with Alexis Theophylactou, violinist, leader of the Greek National Opera Orchestra. Up until 2018 she was also a member of the piano faculty at the Philippos Nakas Conservatoire in Athens.  Between 2012 and 2014 she served as Head of Culture of the Municipality of Rafina – Pikermi, Greece. Irini is a founding member of the APOCHROSIS Ensemble and a member of the board at Lykeion ton Hellenidon (Lyceum Club of Greek Women) based in Athens, also acting as the Head of the Music.

Irini continues to participate in international conferences through presentations and research papers regarding teaching and music education.

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