Hey all! We think it’s about time to get to know a Los Angeles member a bit better. This week, let’s shine the light on the beautiful, sweet, and super talented Irina. Whether she’s playing a classical piece, creating her own fun riffs while improvising, or performing anything in between, she never ceases to captivate the audience.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria, where I attended the National Music School (all classes mixed with music classes from the ages of 6 through 18).
What made you decide to play the cello?
Funny enough, my mom thought I had a good ear and that I should try playing something. When I was five, she took me to the auditions for the National Music School. At the time, all the auditions for the other instruments had passed. The last one left was for cello, so that’s the one I took.
What is your favorite quote?
“Never rely on your success. Always work harder and harder and always try to get better and better at what you do.”
Are there other musicians in your family?
My family mainly consists of mathematicians, but they all have played an instrument at some point in their life just for fun. My grandmother was a choir conductor and a singer.
What’s one of your favorite childhood memories?
Once, my mom told me that after I finished practicing, I can go out and play with the other kids (five years old). Well, my mom kept me practicing at home and when I was done, I said, “Time to go out!” and she replied, “It’s getting dark now, no way!” I was so disappointed in life…
What’s the best advice someone has given you?
Time is the most precious thing we all have!
What do you enjoy most about performing?
The energy on stage!!! Regardless if I am alone or sharing it with other musicians on stage!!
Have a great day, everyone!