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Described as “an artist with powerful expression” by the Diario Vasco (Spain) and as “a sensitive chamber musician as well as a virtuoso soloist” by the NY Concert Review (USA), Irantzu Agirre has performed as a soloist at the Las Rozas Auditorium and Casa de las Américas in Madrid, the San Sebastian International Music Festival, the Spoleto Due Mundi Music Festival in Italy, the International Music Festival of Santander in Spain, at the Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall in NYC presented by Artits International and sponsored by the Basque Government & the Spanish Consulate as well as at the Alice Tully Hall, Columbia University and The Carriage House in New York, at the 5th RioHarp Festival in Brazil and at the Contemporary Art Museum in Spain. 

Irantzu Agirre graduated from the New York University with the Advance Certificate in Music Education Degree where she studied harp with Emily Mitchell. A native of the Basque Country, Miss Agirre holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from The Juilliard School, where she was a student of Nancy Allen. Irantzu was the winner of the “Honor Prize” (Best Performance – Solo recipient) from the “Reina Sofia” Royal Superior Conservatory of Madrid, Spain, where her teacher was M. Rosa Calvo – Manzano. Being the first and only harpist ever to win the Nicanor Zabaleta Foundation Scholarship, Miss Agirre had been awarded with the Fulbright Grant, the Marjorie Harp Prize and the “Bizkaiko Foru Aldundia” Scholarships. She has also been awarded with national and international prizes, such as, the Best New Artist of the Year by the Spanish Cultura Viva Association, the First Prize at the Superior Category of the UFAM International Harp Competition in France and the First Prize at the Artist International Special Presentations Awards in New York City. During her years as a Fulbright Grantee, Irantzu performed for the former Secretary - General of the United Nations Kofi Annan at the Plaza Hotel in NYC. Involved in a volunteer program, Irantzu was a harpist at the St. Luke's - Roosevelt Hospital in New York, performing in different units and for patients of all ages. 

Miss Agirre started playing in professional orchestras at the age of sixteen, and since then she has performed with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Basque Country Symphony, Millenium Orchestra, Galician Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philarmonic of Santiago de Compostela and the A Coruña & Santiago Music Bands in Spain, the Philarmonia of the Nations, the Riverside Symphony, Middletown Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival Orchestra & Tanglewood Music Festival Orchestra in the USA, the Due Mundi Music Festival of Spoleto in Italy, the Freixenet Orchestra in France as well as the Opera Piccolina, North London Sinfonia, the Watford Symphony Orchestra, the London Video Game Orchestra, Opera Up Close and the Guernsey Symphony Orchestra in the UK. She has performed under the baton of J. Adams, M. Alsop, V. Askhenazy, J. López Cobos, S. Comissiona, J. Conlon, J. Depriest, C. Dutoit, M. Harth- Bedoya, K. Masur, D. Mason, J. Mena, O. Werner Müller, P. Oudjian, V. Pablo, J. Rudel, J. Sachs, G. Schwarz and A. Zedda to name a few. Immersed in the Musical Theatre tradition of NYC, Irantzu was the Principal Harpist for Candide by L. Bernstein and Little Night Music by S. Sondheim at the Frederick Loewe Theatre.

As a chamber music player, she has collaborated with Sopranos Dawn Upshaw & Linda Larson, the Mont Claire Ensemble and also musicians of the Azure Ensemble and the Metropolitan Opera House Orchestra performing at various venues in Weill Hall- Carnegie Hall and at the National Flute Convention at the Marriot Hotel in New York City. From 2010 to 2015, she was a member of the Belle Époque Chamber Music Ensemble, a group focused on the repertoire of the  20th and 21st centuries, with which she intensively performed in Spain. 

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