Since graduating from the Conservatoire de Paris and Kronberg Academy Irène is firmly establishing herself as a compelling and versatile performer.


 


In 2021 Irène was a prize-winner at the Young Classical Artists Trust International Auditions.

Born in France, to a French father and Korean mother, Irène grew up in Japan and Hong Kong before returning to France at the age of 11. Since graduating from the Conservatoire de Paris and Kronberg Academy Irène is firmly establishing herself as a compelling and versatile performer.

Recent highlights include recitals at Wigmore Hall with Steven Isserlis (live streamed and broadcast by Radio 3) and a Gala Concert at the Philharmonie de Paris with Khatia Buniatishvili. This summer she returns to the Kryzowa Chamber Music Festival and Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove.

She has performed widely in Europe, giving recitals at major venues and festivals including the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Salle Gaveau, Dresdner Kulturpalast, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Fondation Singer-Polignac, Festival de la Roque d’Antheron and Les Folles Journées.

Solo highlights include the Dresdner Philharmonie, Kremerata Baltica, Bad Elster Chursaesische Philharmonie, Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine and Orchestre Lyrique de Région Avignon Provence, working with conductors Maxim Emelyanychev and Michael Sanderling. In 2017 she released her first CD ‘Poèmes’ for Mirare/Harmonia Mundi to critical acclaim.

Further afield Irène has appeared with L’Orchestre d’Auvergne (conducted by Roberto Fores Veses) and Sinfonia Varsovia (conducted by Robert Trevino) at the National Forum in Tokyo, Japan.

Sought after as a chamber musician Irène has taken part in the Festival de Pâques de Deauville, Les Vacances de Monsieur Haydn, Moments Musicaux de la Baule, the Centre de Musique de Chambre de Paris, Kronberg’s Chamber Music Connects the World and Kronberg Academy Festival where she performed with Gidon Kremer, Christian Tetzlaff and Martin Helmchen.

During her studies Irène won multiple competitions including a Révélation classique de l'Adami award and 1st prize at the 46th International Instrumental Competition in Markneukirchen. She is grateful for support from the ArteMusica Stiftung in Frankfurt and is part of the Swiss Gunther-Caspar Stiftung over the next three years.

Irène plays a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin of 1850, a copy of the Sancy Stradivarius, which is on loan to her by a private sponsor.

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Press reviews

Of all the recordings in this collection, "Poèmes" (...) is one that most effectively balances the slick new world of French performance with the smoky, claustrophobic atmosphere of music still soaked in the nostalgia of the Belle Epoque.

Gramophone - Gramophone Collector / Caroline Gill

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To book Irène please contact:

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