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Irina Mejoueva

Gorky, Russia

now works and lives in Japan

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Born in Gorky (Nizhny Novgorod), Irina Mejoueva started the piano at the age of five. In 1990 she moved to Moscow to study with Vladimir Tropp at the Gnessin Special Music School. In 1992 she played a Mozart concerto in a TV programme presenting young musicians in Nijmegen (the Netherlands). In October of the same year she won the first prize at the Eduard Flipse International Competetion in Rotterdam. Her success in this event was followed by numerous solo recitals and concerto performances with orchestras in the Netherlands, Germany and France. After graduating from the Gnessin Special Music School she continued her study at the Gnessin Institute of Music (known as Russian Academy of Music today) under Prof. Tropp. In 1994 she gave her solo debut recital at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire. She settled down in Tokyo in 1997 and since then she has been performing many recitals mainly in Japan. In 2001 she gave a series of four recitals in Tokyo for the memory of the Russian composer Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951). In 2002 she gave a concert tour presented by Steinway Japan Co. In the season 2005/06 she performed a series with four solo recitals at The Symphony Hall, Osaka, one of the most representing concert halls in Japan. In 2006 Irina Mejoueva was awarded “Aoyama Music Prize” (Kyoto) for her excellent interpretation of Schubert’s music. In 2015 she received the 27th Music Pen Club Award in Japan.

Irina Mejoueva has played with Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gorky Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, etc.

She has made a lot of CD recordings for Wakabayashi Koubou, DENON (Nippon Columbia) and other Japanese labels. In 2010 her recording of Chopin’s Nocturnes (complete) was awarded “The Record Academy Prize” in Japan.

Irina Mejoueva has a wide range of repertoire which includes works from Baroque to 20th Century.

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