She has won first prizes in such major international piano competitions as the Leipzig’s Johann Sebastian Bach Competition (2006), Italy’s Alessandro Casagrande Competition (2006), Romania’s Georges Enesco Competition (2005), and Spain’s Prémio Jaén Competition (2004) and was a Prize winner at A.Rubinstein Piano Masters Competition in Tel Aviv, Israel (2008).
Zahharenkova obtained her Master of Music degree in Estonian Academy of Music with Prof. Lilian Semper. In addition she pursued advanced courses in harpsichord. She entered the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki as an exchange student in 2002, and then as a degree student in 2003.
Performing frequently in solo piano and harpsichord recitals, she has played among others in Klavier-Festival Ruhr in Germany, Spoleto festival in Italy, Kuhmo chamber music festival in Finland.
As a soloist, she has appeared with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Israel Philarmonic, Pilsen Radio Simphony Orchestra, Helsinki City Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra and others.
Currently Irina Zahharenkova is teaching piano in Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and completing there her doctor-studies, as well as Master degree studies in Sibelius Academy.