Irina Bendetsky was born in Moscow. At the age of four, she entered professional music school, where her teacher was a student of the famous piano pedagogue Heinrych Neigaus. After completing Gnessin College, she was accepted at the internationally renowned Gnessin Conservatory of Music where she studied under Vladimir Tropp. In 1984, she graduated with the Red Diploma, an honor given only to those who have qualified as concert pianist, accompanist, chamber musician, and teacher. Irina has appeared with orchestras in Russia and the United States performing concertos by Liszt, Ravel, Beethoven, Bach, Shostakovich, and the famously difficult “Rach 3” (Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3). Upon moving to San Diego in 1990, Irina joined the faculty of the University of San Diego where she taught for ten years. Today, Irina teaches privately from her studio in San Diego and performs as part of the trio Encore and duet Yrion with Ondrej Lewit.