The international critics describe Irina Lankova as a pianist with ‘genuinely poetic touch’ and ‘infinite palette of colours’. She reunites in her playing the best traditions of the Russian piano school and the freshness of personal interpretations.
“I think it’s important to let the music flow naturally, to take time to understand and appreciate each sound, and to trust your intuition. I don’t know where the Music comes from, but I can try to have a certain state of soul and technical abilities that would allow the Source to express itself.”
Irina Lankova performs in most prestigious concert halls such as Wigmore Hall in London, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Flagey, Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel and La Monnaie in Brussels, Cidades das Artes in Rio and many others. She is invited to play in many international festivals: Piano Folies Touquet, Académie d'Été de Nice, Sagra Musicale Umbria, Schiermonnikoog Kamermuziekefestival, Festival de Wallonie, Brussels Summer Festival, Fortissimo d'Orleans, Berlin Summer Festival etc.
Born in Russia and graduated with highest honours from Gnessin Music School in Moscow and from Brussels Royal Conservatory, she studied with great pianists such as Vladimir Tropp and Evgeny Moguilevsky, and later received personal guidance from Vladimir Ashkenazy.
In 2008, Irina Lankova was invited to join the worldwide piano elite ‘Steinway Artists’.
Currently, Irina Lankova is preparing for the recording of her next album ‘Elegy’ which will come out in 2020. Her previous albums dedicated to Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Chopin and Schubert are highly acclaimed by critics for their 'great sensitivity'(Pianiste), 'very personal narrative'(La Libre Belgique) and 'compelling authority'(The Independent).
Passionate by chamber music repertoire, Irina Lankova performs with many great artists including Tatiana Samouil, Frank Braley, Michael Guttman, Lorenzo Gatto, Michel Lethiec, Philippe Graffin, Jeroen Reuling, Pascal Moraguès, Marie Hallynck and others.
Inspired by other forms of art and always in search for new ways of presenting the classical music, Irina Lankova develops innovative projects. Following the success of her ‘Goldberg Mirrors’ that first took place in Brussels’ St Michel & Gudule Cathedral in 2014 and has been reproduced in Französischer Dom in Berlin in 2015, she continues to work on Bach’s masterpiece and will present her new original collaboration in March 2020.
Willing to communicate more with her audience, Irina Lankova launches 'Piano Unveiled' in 2016, an informal concert, enriched with her personal comments and destined to various publics. The concept meets a big success, also on the Internet in a form of short series. The artist’s YouTube channel counts over a million views.
Irina Lankova lectures on classical music and popularise it through various appearances and collaborations worldwide. She is also a concert producer and the artistic director of International Music Festival Max van der Linden in Belgium.