Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION         OCTOBER 2021 CONCERTS            06.10.2021

THE SECOND OF THE AMIGOS’ OCTOBER CONCERT SERIES WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE AUDITORIUM AT OS AGOSTOS AND WILL BE GIVEN BY IRINA CHKOURINDINA, THE CHARMING AND CHARISMATIC RUSSIAN-SWISS PIANIST.

On Tuesday October 26 Irina will play Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons, Op. 37 and three preludes by Rachmaninoff. On Thursday, October 28, she will play a Mozart Sonata and several pieces by Chopin.

Irina is a multi-faceted artist with talents ranging from accompanist to musical dramatist. She graduated from Moscow’s prestigious Conservatory receiving a Special Mention from the jury for her work as a soloist and chamber musician.  At the Conservatoire de Geneve, she obtained a post graduate degree as a soloist and chamber musician with Distinction. 

Irina has distinguished herself in numerous international competitions.  When she was 16 she won the Beijing Piano Competition and at 22 won the first prize at the Moscow National Accompanist Competition.  She has a broad repertory with a fondness for Russian composers. Among her other favourites are romantic composers such as Liszt, Chopin and Schumann as well as modern composers including Dutilleux and Schedrin.

Irina has performed as a soloist in India, Oman, Sweden, France and elsewhere. She gives yearly recitals at the Château de Lourmarin in Provence.  In Switzerland she has performed in numerous festivals.  In 2008 she joined Trio Arc and has been performing regularly with them throughout Switzerland. As a chamber musician she has played with the cellist Estelle Revaz, the violist Maxim Rysanov and the violinist Sergei Ostrovsky. She has also accompanied Sophie Graf, Hélène Hebrard and the great Finnish soprano, Camilla Nylund.

Adding to her array of artistic projects, Irina has performed in “literary concerts” with actor/director Alain Carré’s dramatization of the tumultuous romantic life of Franz Liszt, and the tormented, sombre journeys of the poets Rainer Maria Riike and Frederico Garcia Lorca.  A current project recalls the life and exile of Sergei Rachmaninoff.  Irina has also recorded 2 CDs of Romantic and Chamber music with trio “ARC”. 

Details of the times and concert programmes will be available on the Amigos’ website www.amigos-de-musica.org   

For concert bookings please send an e-mail to reservasconcertos@gmail.com  Entry donation is €25 per person for guests and non-members payable in advance by bank transfer (see website).

For general information about the AMIGOS DE MÚSICA including concert programmes, bookings, safety measures for Covid-19 and driving instructions to Os Agostos please see: www.amigos-de-musica.org For membership enquiries please contact Helga Hampton, Amigos’ President at helga.hampton@gmail.com

The AMIGOS DE MÚSICA is an international group of around 120 members who stage musical activities by internationally renowned musicians and also sponsor young Portuguese musicians. It is a non-profit organization and is celebrating  its 30th. anniversary this year.

Os Agostos is an impressive XVlll century country estate located above Santa Bárbara de Nexe and near Bordeira. For navigation instructions go to: http://www.osagostos.com and then to “HOW TO GET THERE”.