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Irina Nuzova


Irina Nuzova has appeared in recitals as a soloist and as a chamber musician in the United States, Europe, and South America. Critics have applauded her “rise above mere virtuosity” (The Washington Post), “intensity of feeling” (La Nazione, Italy), and “profound interpretation” (Il Resto de Carlino, Bologna). In Europe, Nuzova has performed at the Amici della Musica Concert Series in Florence; Teatro Massima in Catania, Italy; Hermitage State Museum in St. Petersburg; the Moscow Conservatory, and in the Netherlands. In the United States she has played among other venues at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York; and at chamber music series such as the Rhode Island Chamber Music Concert Series and the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago. In recital with Wendy Warner, Nuzova’s performance venues have included the Music Institute of Chicago, the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., the Rockefeller Tri-Institution concert series in New York, and Music in the Park in St. Paul.

The recipient of the Bruce Hungerford Award at the Young Concert Artist Auditions in New York, Nuzova has won top prizes in competitions such as the Vincenzo Bellini and Citta di Senigallia International Competitions in Italy and the Beethoven Piano Sonata International Competition in Memphis, Tennessee. As a chamber musician, she has won top prizes at the Vittorio Gui and the Premio Trio di Trieste International Chamber Music Competitions in Italy. Nuzova’s performances have been broadcast live on WFMT in Chicago, WGBH in Boston, and Italian TV.

A native of Moscow, Nuzova made her debut with the Omsk Philharmonic at the age of 14. Before moving to the United States, she studied at the Gnessin Academy of Music under the guidance of Alexander Satz. She continued her musical education at the Manhattan School of Music with Lev Natochenny, and at Juilliard where her teachers were Oxana Yablonskaya and Jerome Lowenthal. To further herself as a musician she worked for many years in the cello studio of Harvey Shapiro at Juilliard and pursued individual studies with pianists Jean-Bernard Pommier, Eteri Andjaparidze and Vladimir Feltsman. Ms. Nuzova earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the Hartt School of Music (University of Hartford, Connecticut).

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