Clélia Iruzun’s endearing artistic personality, which combines her native Brazilian spirit with her exceptional musical gifts, has enabled this much-admired London-based pianist to build an enviable reputation for her performances of a wide range of music, from the great classical repertoire to works by significant figures from across the Americas. Clélia has performed over 30 concertos for piano and orchestra, including the great classical, romantic, Spanish and Latin American works.
Clélia Iruzun initially studied at the School of Music in Rio de Janeiro before becoming an advanced student at London’s Royal Academy of Music, where she won the Recital Diploma and a number of major prizes. She has subsequently worked with Nelson Freire, Jacques Klein, Stephen Kovacevich and Fou Ts'Ong, among other international artists, and many important composers have written works for her including Francisco Mignone, Marlos Nobre. Mario Ferraro, Beetholven Cunha, Alexandre Rachid and Nimrod Borenstein.
Clélia’s busy life embraces frequent appearances across Europe, the Americas and Asia. She has performed on television and radio in many countries, including frequent broadcasts for BBC Radio 3.
Clélia has made a number of highly successful CDs ranging from Latin American composers to Concertos by Mendelssohn and the British composer Elizabeth Maconchy as well as two volumes of Piano Music by Federico Mompou, the second one being selected in the ‘Best Recordings of the Month’ by The Sunday Times. Recent releases include the Piano Concertos of Francisco Mignone and Isaac Albéniz with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jac van Steen, this CD has been nominated for the International Classical Music Awards, the Piano Quintets by Amy Beach and Henrique Oswald with the Coull Quartet and the Violin and Piano Sonatas by Leopoldo Miguez and Henrique Oswald with violinist Anthony Flint released by SOMM recordings, have received great acclaim. Her latest CD for SOMM with the Concertos by Henrique Oswald and Saint-Saens No.5 “Egyptian” with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Jac van Steen has received excellent reviews such as ‘Brazilian pianist Clelia Iruzun in a stunning performance’ (Musical Notes- Best of 2020) and ‘impressively executed…another rewarding disc from this team and this label’ (Gramophone).