Irina Sisoyeva was born in Samara, Russia. In 1984 she won a prize in the Kabalevsky Children Competition and in 1988 at the Volga Region Piano Competition. She graduated from the St. Petersburg State Conservatorium of Music with honours in 1994 and finished her postgraduate study in 1996.
In 1994-1996 she lived and worked in Vladivostok, Russia. She was engaged as a solo concert pianist and as a singers’ accompanist at the Vladivostok Philharmonic.
She performed as a soloist with orchestras in Samara, Volgograd, Vladivostok and St. Petersburg, and has given recitals in Russia, Belgium and throughout The Netherlands.
Between 2001-2011 Irina worked as an accompanist, repetiteur and vocal coach at Opera Studio Nederland in Amsterdam. She also worked for Opera Trionfo, Opera Zuid, Opera Minora, Opera aan Zee, Supierz Arts management, Tact Arts Management and the James McCray Voice Studio.
In addition to concerts and recitals, she has worked amongst others for the Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam, Grachten Festival in Amsterdam, Opera Front, the Combattimento Consort, Toneel Groep Amsterdam and Complicitie in London.
Since 2008 Irina has been engaged as a choral repetiteur and language coach at the Netherlands Opera. In 2010 she was the general repetiteur and vocal- and language coach for the world premiere of Raskatov’s A Dog’s Heart, which included extensive workshops in London and Amsterdam.
Irina takes an active part in preparing Russian repertoire. Her recent productions at Nederlandse Opera are Chovanschina, Pique Dame(2016) and Prince Igor(2017). She also accompanied the master classes given by leading Russian singers at the “IVC summer school, Russian opera” in 2015.
In 2016 Irina successfully completed a choral conducting course at Utrecht Conservatoire.