IRINA KULIKOVA (b 1982 )
Irina Kulikova is one of the world’s most enchanting guitarists. Musicians, critics and audiences love her for the rare beauty of her sound and the captivating way she tells stories with her guitar. Her mother—cellist Vinera Kulikova—first introduced her to music at the age of five. At twelve, she was travelling across Russia and abroad for concerts. Through the years, she received over thirty awards, culminating in 2008 with first prize at the prestigious competitions of Michele Pittaluga in Italy, Guitarra Alhambra in Spain, Forum Gitarre Wien in Austria and Iserlohn in Germany. Today, Irina Kulikova tours far afield, in Europe, North America and Asia, with appearances at leading festivals and in major concert halls, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow and the Oriental Arts Centre in Shanghai.