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Irina Kulikova was born in Chelyabinsk, the capital of Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia. Under the guidance of Victor Kozlov and her mother – cellist Vinera Kulikova – she started developing her musicianship from the earliest age. At the age of twelve, she was already traveling around Russia and abroad for gala-concerts and festivals. When she reached fourteen, she was included in the book The Classical Guitar, its evolution, players and personalities since 1800 by Maurice Summerfield.
Irina Kulikova was curious to play the 1969 Jose Ramirez that had belonged to Andres Segovia (from the Cleveland Collection) and we were more than happy to oblige! Here she is playing Chopin’s Vals No. 7 on this historic guitar – it’s a stunning performance that really brings out the elegance that can be coaxed from this guitar.
Irina Kulikova was back at GSI for some more videos and left us with some beautiful performances. Here she is playing Mogiana by the great guitarist-composer Konstantin Vassiliev on a 2007 Gernot Wagner double-top that features a spruce outer soundboard and a cedar inner one, and Vals from California Suite by Joe Maria Gallardo del Rey on a stunning 1929 Hermann Hauser I.
Russian guitarist Irina Kulikova took some time out of her very busy concert schedule to come record some guitars for us, and we’re very glad she was able to do so. Here she is playing Tarrega’s Gavotte ‘Maria’ on a new Luis Fernandez de Cordoba maple and spruce guitar that features a shallow wooden tornavoz. We have more videos of Irina coming up where she plays from her beautiful Russian repertoire, so stay tuned.
In the latest All Strings Considered podcast Scott Wolf talks with Russian guitarist Irina Kulikova, who was in town to perform
at the GFA convention as well as judge the competition.
“While Irina was here to judge and give a concert at this year’s GFA here in Southern California, she found some time to chat with All Strings Considered. You’re going to love her playing, she has a beautiful sound, exhibiting a maturity in her playing that is well beyond her years. She never sounds forced or self-conscious. On today’s show you’ll hear her recordings of Bach and Jose Maria Gallardo del Rey, as well as a piece from her brand new CD of music by Russian composers. Hear about her journey to becoming the internationally known and respected concert artist, a journey that hasn’t always been an easy one. You’ll also hear how she prepares for recordings as opposed to concerts, some specific advice for women, her experiences as a new mother and touring artist, and her very personal way of creating her programs.”
It’s been another amazing year for guitar music over here at GSI and as the year wraps up we’d like to take a moment to thank all of the amazing musicians who have lent us their time and talent to create the great videos we publish every week. We obviously couldn’t do any of it without them and we are extremely grateful for the music and for the friends we’ve made over the years in our quest to record every guitar we can get our hands on! So here, in more or less reverse order of appearance, are the artists who have shared their talent with us this year:
As you can imagine, over the years we’ve recorded more than a few great videos on guitars by Jose Ramirez – everything from brand new guitars to guitars from the middle of the last century and of course the 1969 Ramirez that was owned on played by Andres Segovia for ten years. Players have included Scott Tennant, Adam Holzman, Irina Kulikova, George Sakellariou, Tavi Jinariu and many more. We’ve complied a playlist of all of the videos we’ve produced featuring Jose Ramirez guitars and you can see them all here, or simply watch the video below and you’ll be on your way.