IRINA CHISTIAKOVA was born in 1990 in Moscow, Russia, and in 1996 was admitted into the piano program at the central music school of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatoire. Three years later, already widely recognized as a child prodigy, Irina was performing Chopin solo works at the conservatory’s Grand Hall. By the time she turned eleven, she had played at concert halls throughout Russia, Germany and France and had won awards both as a soloist and in a duet with her older sister Galina, also an awarded pianist, including a Double Laureate in the Russian “New Names” Competition. In 2000 Irina was the star of the Irene Langemann film “Russian Children Prodigy” and was also featured in Langemann’s follow-up film “The Competitors: Russian Children Prodigy 2”. She also took part in a concert tour in Germany, marking the premiere of the documentary.
In the 2000’s she continued to win prestigious piano competitions including the Moscow Schelkunchik (2002), the F. Chopin International (2004), the Zagreb 2006 Award, the Giuliano Pecar International (Italy, 2007), the Manuel Ponce International (Mexico, 2010), the Claudio Arrau International (Chile, 2012) and the Ettore Pozzoli (Italy 2013).
In 2009 renowned conductor Enrique Bátiz invited her to become a regular guest soloist with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México. She was performing de Falla and Ponce works with this ensemble in 23 concerts of their 2015 USA Tour.
Irina has also performed with the following orchestras: "MusicAeterna", "Musica Viva", "Moscow chamber orchestra of P. Slobodkin's center", "Yaroslavl symphony orchestra"; and worked with conductors T. Currentzis, A. Rudin, M. Annamamedov, V. Valitov, I. Gaisin, J. Wilkinsson and others.
In April 2014 Irina played her debut recital in Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, performing Scriabin, Schubert and Schumann.
Irina is a member of several funds, where she has also been a scholarship recipient: "New Names", "Fund of V. Spivakov", "Russian performing Art", french fund "Enfance pour la Vie". Irina took part in a CD-recording of these funds, playing different compositions by Chopin, Rachmaninov and Moshkowsky. She also takes part in a joint CD production performing works by N. Medtner, playing the "Minnaciosa" sonata.
Irina's live performances have been broadcasted over the ARTE, Russian "Culture", and Mexico State Radio and Television networks.
Irina graduated with honors from the Moscow State Conservatoire in 2013 and when she is not touring and recording, she is doing her postgraduate studies there with professor Mikhail Voskresensky and at the University of Arts in Berlin, Germany with professor Jacques Rouvier.