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Irina Mejoueva (Piano)

Born: 1975 - Gorki (current Nizini Novgorod), Russia

The Russian-born Japanes-based pianist, Irina Mejoueva (Russian: Ирина Межуева), Began playing the piano at the age of 5. She studied at Gnessin Institute of Music in Moscow (now: Russian Music Academy)) under pianist Vladimir Tropp. In 1992, she won first prize at the Eduard Flipse International Piano Competition in Rotterdam, which led her to start a career as a pianist.

Since 1992, Irina Mejoueva has been performing in European countries (Netherlands, Germany, France, etc.). She has played with Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gorki Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, etc. In 1997 she married her own recording producer at Nippon Columbia and settled in Tokyo and later in Kyoto. She is engaged in activities in Japan and other Asian countries.

Irina Mejoueva includes works from Baroque period, through Classical school up to modern times, but also in the introduction of works by Russian composer Nikolai Medtner, reevaluated in recent years. In 2001, the 50 anniversary of Medtner's death, she gave a series of four recitals in Tokyo for his memory. In 2002, a series concert was held at Hamarikyu Asahi Hall. In the same year,she performed on a concert tour by Steinway Japan Co., Ltd. In 2003, she performed with St. Petersburg Radio Symphony Orchestra in 4 cities in Japan. In 2004 and 2006 she played with Quarteto Italiano, and in 2005-2006 season she held 4 series concerts at The Symphony Hall in Osaka. Since 2006 he has been performing vigorous performance activities such as opening a recital in Kyoto every year. She has also made a lot of CD recordings for Nippon Columbia/Denon and other Japanese labels. She won the 2006 Aoyama Music Award. In 2015, she won the 27th Music Pen Club Music Award (Classical Division, solo performance solo prize prize).

Currently, Irina Mejoueva is a lecturer at music department of Kyoto City University of Arts.

Source: Website; Japanese Wikipedia Website & Waka Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (November 2016); The Japan Times (September 2009)
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Aryeh Oron (November 2016)

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