Irina Feoktistova (pianist), graduated from St. Petersburg Conservatoire, Russia. A classically trained pianist, she has toured Russia, Europe, and the United States as a soloist, duo pianist, and accompanist. Her collaborations include the world's foremost performer of Baroque trumpet, Crispian Steele-Perkins, and most recently internationally acclaimed Italian singer Andrea Silvestrelli.
As a duo pianist, she won third prize at the First International Competition of Contemporary Music Interpretation in Weimar, Germany (1996) and was chosen to perform at Purcell Room in London for the Park Lane Group Young Artists Concert Series. As a piano soloist, she won the Kawai CD Recording Competition in 2004.
Ms. Feoktistova relocated to the United States in 1998, and since then she has performed extensively in the Chicagoland area. She has been involved in numerous musical theater productions as an accompanist and music director. She is also active in various projects performing Russian and American contemporary music. She was affiliated with CUBE, VOX 3 and MAVerick Ensembles in Chicago and the Union of Composers in St. Petersburg, where she performed a program of American contemporary music at the international festival St. Petersburg Musical Spring in May of 2005. She was the Principal Keyboardist with Millennium Chamber Players (Chicago based ensemble).
Irina made her Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist and an accompanist with Russian singer Vladimir Galouzine for The Russia Day concert on June 12th, 2008.
Mrs. Feoktistova was an assistant conductor for the Lyric Opera production of Musorgsky "Boris Godunov" in 2011-2012 season.
2015/16 Performed as a piano soloist Schostakovich Piano Concerto N2 and Beethoven Triple Concerto with Lake View Orchestra.
2017/18 season Worked at the CSO on the production of Prokofiev's "Ivan the Terrible" as a Russian coach with Gerard Depardieu and Chicago Children Choir.
In 2018/19 season she worked on the production of Iolanta by Tchaykovsky at the Chicago Opera Theater.
In 2019/20 season took part in COT production of Rahmaninov's Aleko and Lyric Opera production of Tchaykovsky's Queen of Spades.
2018 till present she is affiliated with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago and Chicago Children Choir. She is on faculty of Northwestern University and Ryan Center of Lyric Opera of Chicago. In Summer 2020 she started new project "Colors in Music" with visual artist Evgenia Pirshina.
Her recordings include:
"Chopin the Enchanter"
"Poems and Fairy Tales” (Medtner and Scriabin),
Samuel Barber's Hermit Songs (with Russian singer Elena Antonenko),
Russian and American contemporary music on the CD entitled Musical Bridge, Chicago - St.Petersburg.