Born In Bulgaria, Irina has been playing the cello since the age of five. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in cello performance from The Boston Conservatory.
Throughout the years of her study, Irina had participated in the following competitions: Second prize at the Massachusetts American String Teachers’ Association Solo Competition; a finalist at the National ASTA competition; a Winner of The Boston Conservatory Concerto Competition; Mr. Aldo Parisot awarded her with a Fellowship for Norfolk Chamber Music Festival at Yale Summer School; Virtu Foundation had granted her “Metzler” Instrument Scholarship.
Irina is a classical, rock, pop and a session cellist as well as a cello teacher.
Some of her latest appearances in the world of the pop music consist of: 55th Grammy Awards, with Carrie Underwood, as a featured cellist at The Celine Dion Show in Las Vegas, at The Latin Grammy Person Of The Year performance for Natalie Cole and Nelly Furtado, at The Soul Train Awards with John Legend, on Clint Holmes Show, on American Idol with guest artist Lana Del Rey, at Latin Grammy Awards for Marco Antonio Solis, at The BET Awards performing for P.Diddy, and on Dave Letterman’s “The Late Show” with Kanye West. Irina had also performed at political conferences for Bill Clinton and Mitt Romney.
As a classical cellist Irina had performed for Yo-Yo Ma, Bernard Greenhouse and Aldo Parisot in Boston, MA; Gstaad, Switzerland. Irina shared the stage with the world known pianist Lang-Lang, Concerto Soloist in Slovakia, Concerto Soloist with Orchestra X, Houston TX and as a Concerto Soloist with The Boston Conservatory Orchestra, MA.
The latest tours that Irina has participated in are with TriAngo, a tango piano quartet, Slovakia, Ivan Amodei’s ‘Intimate Illusions’ magic show, tours in San Francisco, Chicago and Boston.
As a rock cellist Irina toured with Sully Erna (‘Godsmack’), in his new band Avalon, as well as with her cello rock band ‘Cellicentric’, performing at the Kohler Music Festival, Wisconsin (2013).
Irina is an active session cellist in Los Angeles. Some of her latest recordings are with the NBC, TV Series “Revolution” in Warner Brothers and Capitol Records, East West Studios, Bell Sound studio, The Village, Wave Crest (recording for Toby Chu), Emoto, Palladia PBS, ‘Avalon’ , and KOCH records.
Presently, Irina is a cello faculty at Santa Monica Academy of Music, CA. Throughout her teaching years, Irina had been a teaching assistant to Rhonda Rider at Wellesley College and a String Department Coordinator at the Brookline Music School.
Irina loves performing as an electric “stand up” cellist. In the past she had been a member of the electric string groups CCBONNES and MystiQuintet, with whom she toured internationally (Dubai, Qatar, Greece), as well as within the US. Currently, Irina is very excited to work with one of the most successful and well-known electric string formations in the US – Bella Electric Strings.