Irina Georgieva started her musical career at the age of six in Sofia, Bulgaria, receiving the first prize in a regional music competition. She studied with Marina Kapazinskaya at the Sofia Conservatory and, after winning a scholarship from the «Gerber ten Bosch» Foundation, with Rudolf Buchbinder at the Music Academy of Basel, from where she obtained her Soloist Diploma (with distinction).
Irina Georgieva made her debut as soloist with orchestra at age 11, performing Beethoven’s piano concerto Nr. 1 to great acclaim of the Bulgarian press. She appeared as a soloist with all the major orchestras in Bulgaria, and later performed in Switzerland, Italy, France, Morocco, and England.
Soon after the first recital at age ten, Irina Georgieva has been awarded her first international prize at the «Steinway» competition (Berlin). Subsequently, she won a number of other international first prizes (e.g., Maria Canals competition in Barcelona, 2006; Kurt Leimer competition in Zurich, 2008) and the interpretation prize for contemporary music (2008)
She attended master classes with Lazar Berman and Dmitry Bashkirov. She also participated in a master class taught by composer Sofia Gubaidulina, who later stated: «To meet the pianist Irina Georgieva has become an unexpected gift for me. Her playing is overwhelming – the variety of sounds, her singing Cantilena, her musical power, the depth of the work consider, her impeccable sense of form. Without doubt, here we are dealing with a huge talent. I am convinced that a person of such format would be an all-star cast for any concert program, for any artistic initiative».
Her performances capture the audience with artistic impression, superb stylistic sensitivity, virtuosity, and an amazing sense for the architecture of the musical works. Her repertoire includes music from the Baroque to the present. In 2005, Musical Opinion Magazine, London heralded Irina Georgieva as «an emerging talent in the world of pianists.»