Irina Klyuev was born in Montenegro, of a White Russian lineage, from a family that fled revolution. She began her piano studies at the age of 8 at Music Elementary State School in Niksic- Piano Major lasting 7 years completed with excellent success in 3.5 years at the age of 11 being a student in a class of Professor Mira Jovovic and Marijetka Nikcevic. Then she continue her piano studies under tutelage of Vladimir Bockarjov, a graduate from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. At the age of 15 she passed the entrance exams with highest scores at the University of Montenegro, Academy of Music where she was studying with Professor Boris Kraljevic for four years of Undergraduate studies with distinction results.
She studied piano master courses under tutelage of Constantin Boginoa, Ruth Harte, Michael Schreider, Irina Ossipova, Leonid Kontorovski, Julian Jacobson, Fazliddin Husanov, William Fong, Andrew Haigh,.. Participant with awarded scholarship, patron John Lill, at North London Piano School in London, UKShe was participant with an awarded scholarship, patron Sir Colin Davis at Piano Course and The Alexander Technique, with Professor Nelly Ben-Or in London, UK 2005, 2006.In 2005 she was accepted as a Music Performance student at the University of Bridgeport, CT, USA where she was awarded a Presidential Merit Scholarship for every year of studies at this University. In 2006 she took master classes with Maestro Jeno Jando in Royal Academy of Music, Dublin, Ireland with awarded scholarship. After she studied under Antonin Kubalek (Royal Conservatory in Toronto, Canada) at Zlate Hory, Czech Republic, Zdenek Hnat(pupil of Neuhaus), Ivo Kahanek.In Paris she studied master course under Natalia Pavlova.
Her solo concerts and participations at numerous musical events began in 1992. She was awarded many diplomas and prizes from National and International Competitions which include: third prize (A bronze Lyre) at Twentieth Youth Music Festival in Podgorica, Montenegro 1993, Third Prize on the International Competition of Young Musicians “Petar Konjovic” in Belgrade 1995. First Prize in the prestigious competitions from all over former Yugoslavia candidates in Nis, Serbia, In 1996 she was awarded the “24 September” honorable prize by Niksic Youth Council for exceptional results achieved in the field of culture. In 1997 she earned a Diploma with 85.4 points at the Intenational Competition “Petar Konjovic” held in Belgrade. After she gave her first piano debut at the age of 13 with recital lasting 1 hour covering several epoch starting with Baroque toward Modern composers. The recitals were held in the most prestigious halls throughout Montenegro including “Budo Tomovic” in Podgorica, “Cathedral of St. Tripun” in Kotor, “Zahumlje” in Niksic,“Buca Castle” in Tivat, ….In 1999 she won First Prize (Golden Lyre) at the 26th Festival of Young Musicians of Montenegro. Then she gave numerous concerts throughout Serbia and Montenegro National Theatre in Podgorica, Gallery of Serbian Academy of Science and Arts in Belgrade.
She received an invitation from the Italian Government for the participation in the “Cassino Luogo D’Europe” International Festival of Young Talents in Montecassino, Italy and earned a merit award for outstanding performance. In 2000 she won the “OMPA – 2000” annual award from the Youth Music Poetic Association of Montenegro as the youngest student with the exceptional results studying then already second year at the University of Montenegro, Department of Music. In 2001 she won First Prize (“Golden Lyre”) at the 28th Youth Music Festival of Montenegro (student category). She has performed a piano duo with internationally acclaimed pianist Pierre Feraux with whom she played concert in Abbey de Floreffe, Belgium 2005.
She recorded several CDs, starting with Studio of Music Academy, Montenegro, Blue Wave Studio in Paris, France.
Croatia and USA. She completed a number of courses and specializations in social sciences, arts and business, many of which with distinctions and excellence from the following universities: Hebrew University of Jerusalem, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen Business School, Wharton University of Pennsylvania, The World Bank, The University of Edinburgh, California Institute of the Arts.
Irina Klyuev was multi-faceted in her attitude to arts from an early age and with wide range of interests throughout the education. A true Renaissance approach to the types of projects she later launched and made an impact, creating a mix of entrepreneurial, academical and creative ideas corresponding to the limitless possibilities that living in 21st Century brings. She founded International non-governmental organization with objectives to Ecological Preservation, Rural Development, Research, Education and Culture with specific focus on mountain region in order to create positive environmental influence.
She was always greatly inspired by technology and thus having herself taught to code, combined with design thinking and analytic approach to human psychology, as a result she founded various businesses and communities for investments, promotions of sustainable projects and consultancies both online and offline over the years. To name a few she founded and grew Sustainable Investments South East Europe dedicated to promoting interaction between people with interest in versatile future investment potentials within the SEE region, acted as strategy consultant at SEE Consulting Center, TL Apex, Co-founded VidiBiznis, EastWest Lego, Founded Inspiritfly, Startup Kaleidoscope 3IC,...etc.
In addition to her Technological and Social Entrepreneurship projects, she is currently working on collecting data about White Russians affected by Russian revolution as a response to honoring her ancestors. She wrote many articles on the topics of philosophy, society, technology,...
She is also in the process of recording the Art of Fugue by J.S. Bach in addition to some experimental and contemporary classical music.