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Irina Kulikova – It’s about the touch

World tour 2018-21

Your finest touch, an enchanting start
Today’s love in tomorrow’s hearts

A tribute to those of us that cherish a thing of beauty in a stormy world. In a delightful combination of music and storytelling, master guitarist Irina Kulikova takes her audience on a personal journey.

Learning to play guitar from a cellist mother. Portraits of a childstar in post-communist Russia. A life-changing present from a Spanish master. Struggles in a free world. And a profound experience of what a Russian musician misses about Mother Russia today.

With breathtaking renditions of a.o. Bach, Scarlatti, Chopin, Albéniz, Barrios, Tárrega and some highly romantic Russian composers, Irina Kulikova shares a heartfelt message in concert halls and theatres around the world: It’s about the touch.

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With the rare beauty of her tone and and her enchanting presence on stage, Irina Kulikova catches the hearts of audiences across the globe. She belongs to that class of musicians that profoundly move people with the purity of their performance.

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 Academic Capella in St. Petersburg, Schloss Mirabell in Salzburg, the Palau de la Musica in Valencia, the Musashino Hall in Tokyo and the Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai.

She 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.

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Some of the most sheerly beautiful playing I have ever heard
Al Kunze, Soundboard Magazine

Wherever she performs, she plays herself into the hearts of the audience.
Luz Leskowitz, Direktor Salzburger Schlosskonzerte

Few can tell us something so special as she does.
Carlo Marchione, guitarist

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


Bach Cello Suite 1, Prelude

Tansman, Variations on a Scriabin theme
live in Amsterdam Concertgebouw
Tárrega, Maria
live in Santa Monica, California

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Clips from CD’s on YouTube >>


Gendai Magazine, October 2013, 1 pageGendai Magazine
October 2013
Read (Japanese) >>Gendai Magazine, August 2012, coverGendai Magazine
August 2012
Read (Japanese) >>Guitarist, 2011, coverGuitarist
Read (Russian) >>Classical Guitar Magazine, September 2010, coverClassical Guitar
September 2010
Read (English) >>Akkoord Magazine, April 2010, cover-001Akkoord Magazine
April 2010
Read (Dutch) >>


Irina Kulikova plays a Simon Marty guitar (cedar top) and a Manuel Contreras guitar (spruce top). She is endorsed by Savarez strings.


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