About me

Irina Lyakhovskaya is a highly regarded pianist performing as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist. She has given many performances at leading international venues including the Southbank Centre, Wigmore Hall, Symphony Hall, Cadogan Hall, Kings Place and St John’s Smith Square, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Smetana Hall and Porto Coliseum and at concert clubs and festivals across the UK. In 2016 – 2020 she was an Artist in Residence at Eastbourne Arts Centre where she performed the complete Beethoven piano sonatas in a cycle of 8 concerts.

As a concerto soloist, she has performed works by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Grieg, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Skryabin and Rachmaninov. She lives in London and is a faculty member at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Born in St Petersburg, she studied with Alexander Sandler at the St Petersburg Conservatoire and with John Bingham in London.

As an active chamber musician, Irina performs regularly in recitals with many renowned performers, including cycles of complete violin works by Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann and Schubert. She has also recorded the complete Mozart sonatas with violinist Eleanor Percy for the Melodiya label as well as sonatas by Brahms and Prokofiev for the IMLab label.

She is a member of the City Soloists Ensemble and Libre Piano Trio.

Irina is one of the most sought-after accompanists in London, Irina regularly works at all the London music colleges and is an official pianist at Trinity Laban and Royal Academy of Music. She also worked as an official accompanist for orchestral auditions for the Royal Opera House, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Opera. She has also been the pianist for masterclasses with Ivry Gitlis, Tasmin Little, Raphael Wallfisch, Leonid Gorokhov, Matthew McDonald, Andrew Marriner, and Chi-Chi Nwanoku amongst many others.

Irina is very committed to educational work and has given masterclasses at schools and festivals across the UK. She is on the faculty at Junior Trinity and recently recorded part of the new Piano Syllabus (2021-2023) for the Trinity College London examining board. She also recorded their new Violin Syllabus (2020-2023) with Ofer Falk. These recordings are available from the examining board as examples of the ‘ideal’ performance.