Irina Koulikova has performed in the most prestigious venues both
nationally and internationally and has toured throughout Russia, Europe, Greece
and USA. She gives solo recitals in the best concert halls of Moscow (including
Maly, Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Ward Recital Hall at the
Catholic University of America in Washington and many others).
Dr. Koulikova has collaborated with such internationally recognized performers
as Marina Jashvili (violin, Georgia), Zarius Shihmurzaeva (violin, Russia),
Maria Tchaikovskaya (cello, Ukraine), Dmitri Yablonsky (cello, USA), Che En Jun
(bariton, South Korea), John Muriello (bariton, USA), David Witten (piano, USA),
Ludmila Ivanova (mezzo-soprano, Russia) as well as with members of the Russian
State Symphony and the Russian National Symphony. She performs regularly in duo
recitals with Bulgarian American pianist Ivo Kaltchev and with Russian cellist
Dr. Irina Koulikova currently holds positions of the Dean of the International
Department and Associate Professor of the General Piano Department at the Moscow
State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Dr. Koulikova has received her Bachelor and
Master degrees in piano performance from the Moscow State Conservatory. Later
she obtained her Ph.D from the same school; her Dissertation Thesis was on
"Piano works by Igor Stravinsky".
Dr. Koulikova has been teaching at the Moscow State Conservatory since 1977. In
addition, she has taught piano at the annual "International Piano Master
Classes" Summer School in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, at the "International Summer
Piano School" in Ohrid, Macedonia, at the International Summer School "EPTA -
European Piano Teachers Association" in Subotica, Yugoslavia and was the
Academic Dean of the Moscow Conservatory International Summer School. Also, Dr.
Koulikova performed as a soloist at the prestigious International Music Festival
"Moscow Autumn" in Moscow, concert series "Music of the 20th century" organized
by George Soros and served as a judge at the Second International Piano
Competition "Da-nube" in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia. She is also an active member of
the Music Teachers National Association in United States.
Dr. Koulikova is an author of numerous published articles and research works.
She has also participated as a lecturer in many international music conferences.
In December 2003, Dr. Koulikova was named a Honored Artist of Russia.
Praised for his poetic imagination, virtuosity and beautiful tone, Rustam
Komachkov is emerging as one of the most gifted cellists of his
generation. Prizewinner of numerous international competitions, Rustam Komachkov
has enjoyed a successful performing career as a recitalist, soloist with
orchestra, chamber musician and recording artist. "The magic sound" (Entrevista,
Argentina), "Rustam Komachkov literally captivated the audience with his
artistry, musicality and beautiful warm tone..." (Pravda, Russia), "The passion
and power of his performance were astonishing" (Cultura, Russia) - these are
some of the words which music critics have used to describe Mr. Komachkov’s
Mr. Komachkov has performed in the most prestigious venues throughout the world,
including the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, The Tchaikovsky Concert
Hall of the Moscow Philharmony, The Moscow House of Music, Teatro Ariston
(Italy), Teatro Bauffremont (Italy), Teatro Municipal (Argentina), The Maly and
Rachmaninov Halls (Moscow, Russia) and many others. He has also performed as a
soloist with numerous symphony and chamber orchestras including The Moscow
Chamber Orchestra "Camerata", The Orchestra of Bahia Blanca (Argentina), Chamber
Orchestra "The Seasons", Voronezh Symphony (Russia), Novosibirsk Philharmonic
(Russia) and The Baku Philharmonic (Azerbaidjan).
A respected chamber musician, Mr. Komachkov was a member of the Tchaikovsky
State String Quartet and collaborated with distinguished artists such as
Alexander Kniazev (cello), Mikhail Voskresensky (piano), Igor Hudoley (piano),
Kirill Rodin (cello) and Irina Koulikova (piano). As a chamber musician he has
toured throughout Russia and Republics of the former Soviet Union as well as in
Italy, France, Germany, Holland, Yugoslavia, Argentina and South Korea.
Born in Moscow, Russia to a family of musicians, Mr. Komachkov graduated from
Moscow State Gnessin Music School and later from Moscow State Tchaikovsky
Conservatory. He has studied cello with Valentin Feigin, Alexander Melnikov and
Alexander Kniazev. His numerous prizes include I prize at All Russia Chamber
Music Competition (Ryazan, Russia), I Prize at 14th International Music
Competition in Caltanis-setta Province (Italy), II Prize at All Russia Cello
Competition (Voronezh) he was also a prize-winner at the Viotti International
Music Competition (Vercelli, Italy) and at the Trapani International Chamber
Music Competition (Trapani, Italy).
Rustam Komachkov’s discography includes six recordings for Melodia, Classical
Records, SMS by Sonic-Solution and Bohemia Music labels. He has been a featured
artist for the Radio Music Channel (Estonia) and appeared on the 1st Channel
Buenos-Aires TV (Argentina). Mr. Komachkov is currently recording his debut solo