Irena Klimach is a masters student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she studies Oboe and Cor Anglais with Stephen West and James Horan. Previously Irena received a 1st Class BMus degree from the Royal Northern College of Music where she studied with Jonathan Small and Jenny Galloway. Since moving to Glasgow Irena has been invited to play with the BBC SSO, RSNO and Scottish Opera, and at the RCS Irena recently won the Governor’s Solo Recital Prize for Woodwind. Irena received critical acclaim in the Glasgow Herald for her solo performance of the James Macmillan In Angustiis II which was described as “an emotional arrow straight to the heart”.
During her studies Irena has had the opportunity to play in masterclasses with Franҫois Leleux, John Anderson, Arnaldo de Felice, Bart Schneeman, Adrian Wilson, Rachael Clegg and James Turnbull. In addition Irena has received lessons from Hansjörg Schellenberger, Stéphane Rancourt, Tom Owen, Tony Robson and Paul Goodey.
From a young age Irena has been passionate about orchestral music; playing in the National Children’s Orchestra, the London Schools’ Symphony Orchestra and Redbridge Music School orchestras. Irena also loves working with talented young people and now works as a Social Staff on National Children’s Orchestra courses as well as working in the Junior department at the RCS.
Irena’s studies are generously supported by the Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarships Trust, Help Musicians UK and the RCS scholarships fund.