It’s about the touch
Your finest touch, an enchanting start.
Todays love in tomorrow’s hearts.

Unanimously acclaimed for the rare beauty of her tone and her enchanting presence on stage, Irina Kulikova has established herself as one of today’s leading guitarists. Soundboard Magazine wrote: ‘Some of the most sheerly beautiful playing I have ever heard’. And Luz Leskowitz, director of the Salzburger Schlosskonzerte in Austria, that accompanied her in concerts for royal and aristocratic families in Europe: ‘Wherever she performs, she plays herself into the hearts of her audience.’

Irina Kulikova tours far afield, with appearances at leading festivals in Europe, North America and Asia and in concert halls such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, the Palau de la Musica in Valencia, the Musashino Hall in Tokyo and the Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai. In the USA, she performed for major festivals and societies including Austin, Cleveland, Chicago and Dallas.

The daughter of a Russian cello pedagogue, Irina Kulikova combines an effortless virtuosity with a profound sensitivity when she is phrasing the voices of great composers like Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Barrios and Piazzolla. ‘Few can tell us something so special as she does’ (Carlo Marchione). She gained critical acclaim for her fourth solo CD –  ‘Reminiscences of Russia’ – introducing some highly romantic Russian compositions to an international audience, including the breathtaking ‘Swan Princess’, that Konstantin Vassiliev dedicated to her.

Irina Kulikova received over 30 awards for her artistry, including 1st prizes at the highly prestigious competitions of Michele Pittaluga in Italy, Guitarra Alhambra in Spain, Forum Gitarre Wien in Austria and Iserlohn in Germany. She resides in The Hague (The Netherlands), Los Angeles (USA) and Salzburg (Austria). An ambassador of pure and heartfelt performing, she inspires guitar students in master classes all over the world with her personal motto: It’s about the touch.

Music and storytelling
Wo auch immer, sie spielt sich in die Hertzen ihrer Zuhörer.
Luz Leskowitz, Direktor Salzburger Schlosskonzerte

In a delightful combination of music and storytelling, master guitarist Irina Kulikova takes her audience on a personal journey. With breathtaking renditions of a.o. Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Satie, Albéniz, Barrios, Tárrega, Piazzolla, Gallardo del Rey and the highly romantic Russian composers Vassiliev and Rudnev.

Irina Kulikova loves to engage in chamber music festivals and in collaborations with fellow musicians. She performed a large repertoire with the Salzburger Solisten and with a variety of ensembles on festivals in a.o. Germany, Austria and The Netherlands. From 2019, she will perform a program for guitar and cello, with works by Vivaldi, Fauré, Bellafronte, Piazzolla and new compositions by Konstantin Vassiliev written especially for this duo project.

Irina Kulikova plays concerts for guitar and orchestra by a.o. Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco, Mauro Giuliani, Manuel Ponce, Federico Moreno Torroba, José María Gallardo del Rey and of course – one of the most popular concerts of all times – the Concierto de Aranjuez by  Joaquín Rodrigo.


Few can tell us something so special as she does.

Carlo Marchione, guitarist

Seldom I heard a guitarist succeed in eliciting such a beautiful, rich sound from the instrument.

Ton Hartsuiker, pianist

If she is the representative of a new generation of guitarists, the future of the classical guitar is looking immensely good.

Roland Kieft, chief editor Dutch classical radio

An exceptionally fine musical talent.

Colin Cooper, Classical Guitar Magazine

One of the most brilliant and talented guitarists I ever met.

José María Gallardo del Rey, composer and guitarist

The magic that the art of music is all about.

Marco Tamayo, guitarist

A brilliant shooting star beyond the ordinary… The guitar festival could hardly have found a more colorful representative for the classical guitar.

Ulf Gustavsson, Upsala Nya Tidning, Sweden

A deeply romantic and truly captivating player

Norbert Kraft, Naxos producer

Konstantin Vassiliev, Sergei Rudnev and Victor Kozlov.

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Johann Sebastian Bach, Fernando Sor, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Jose Maria Gallardo Del Rey and Francisco Tárrega.

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Manuel María Ponce, Alexandre Tansman, Leo Brouwer and Antonio José.

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Luigi Legnani, Fernando Sor, Johann Kaspar Mertz, Dionisio Aguado, Federico Moreno Torroba, Agustin Barrios Mangoré and Joaquín Rodrigo.

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I dedicate my music to those that cherish a thing of beauty in a stormy world.

Irina Kulikova