Through the years, the beauty of Irina Kulikova’s playing became iconic for guitarists around the world. She developed into a much appreciated mentor for conservatorium students and fellow professionals and gained popularity with her master classes brimming with imagery and humour. She founded a guitar program for the Russian School of Music in Irvine (USA) and made California her second home. In the USA, she was invited to most major guitar series and societies such as Cleveland, Austin, Dallas, New York, Baltimore, Boston, Seattle and Miami.
In March 2020, Irina Kulikova recorded her fifth album (to be released in autumn). Her fourth cooperation with genious producer Norbert Kraft. The program includes transcriptions of popular classical pieces and new world premieres, as well as compositions for guitar and cello. Title of the album will be Irina’s personal motto in life and music: It’s about the touch.