The young violinist Irina Borissova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. Her classical music education began at the age of 7 and at the age of 11, she gave her first solo recital. From 1999 – 2004, she studied at the famous “Lubomir Pipkov” Music School in Sofia. During the next three years, she studied with Prof. Josiph Rodionov at the “Pancho Vladigerov” Academy and followed it with studies at the Mainz Hochschule under the guidance of Prof. Anne Shih. She has also taken part in masterclasses with Yfrah Neaman, Petru Munteanu, Mincho Minchev, Viktor Pikaysen, Elisabeth Wallfisch, Arvo Paert, Nai Yuan Hu, and Taras Gabora.
Irina has performed regularly as soloist with orchestras in Bulgaria, Italy, Austria, and Germany. She has also performed in recitals throughout Germany, England, and Bulgaria. She has just recorded her first CD where she performs the world premiere of Peter Seabourne’s Violin Concerto “This is a song for you alone” as well as Malcolm Arnold’s Concerto for two violins. The CD will be available later this year under the Sheva label. She has also served as Concertmaster of the Hochschulorchester Mainz, the Mainzer Virtuosi, and presently the Collegium Musicum under the direction of Felix Koch.
Irina has won many competitions, including First Prize at the “Mozart International Competition” for Young Musicians in Sweden and Third at the Koczian International Competition in Czech Republic. She has performed at many Festivals, including MainzMusik, Norfolk Concerts, and is a regular at the Casalmaggiore International Festival.
She performed Arvo Paert’s Tabula Rasa with Igor Tsinman after working with the composer himself.
Irina has performed in chamber music with renowned musicians such as Roger Chase, Emil Rovner, Lucia Hall, Nai Yuan Hu, Manuel Fischer-Dieskau, Felix Koch, and Giacomo Battarino.
Irina has also appeared regularly on Bulgarian and German TV. She plays on a Hungarian instrument on loan to her from the Hochschule collection.