Pianist, Festival Founder & Co-director
The Romanian pianist Irina Botan won full scholarships to the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She resides in London, where she performed at the Wigmore Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, Covent Garden, Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, Conway Hall, Fairfield Halls, St. John’s Smith Square, Millennium Centre (Cardiff), LSO St. Luke's, Snape Maltings, St. James' Palace and Windsor Castle. She has been broadcast on BBC Radio and TV and participated in the International Piano Series at the South Bank Centre. Her debut solo CD on the Toccata Classics label was released in 2015.
Outside the UK Irina has performed in the Netherlands, Italy, France, Austria, Spain, Germany (including a recent performance at the Berliner Philarmonie), Romania, China, Japan and the United States – where her performance at the World Bank Centre was broadcast on CBS. In Paris she played for the fiftieth anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights at the UNESCO Headquarters. In Romania she has performed since the age of eleven with the National Radio Orchestra and the Bucharest Virtuosi and has frequently been broadcast on TV and radio. Future engagements include concerts in US, Holland, Germany (Schumann House in Bonn) and UK (Conway Hall).
As a chamber musician she has performed with Ivry Gitlis, Alexander Baillie, Priya Mitchell, Daniel Rowland, Thomas Carroll, Daniel Röhn, Alexander Sitkovetsky and David Cohen. Irina is a Founder and joint Director of the annual Highgate International Chamber Music Festival. Together with her partners of the Monte Piano Trio she is also Artistic Director of Kammermusikfest Sylt in Germany and a co-founding member of the London International Players.