May 05, 2011

Irina Chirkova’s Bio


When not performing in Ivan's hit show, Intimate illusions, Irina performs in Celine Dion's orchestra at Caesar's Palace Las Vegas.

Born In Bulgaria, Irina Chirkova began learning the cello at the age of five and studied at Sofia Music School from ages six to nineteen. In 1997, Irina traveled overseas for the first time and enrolled at The Boston Conservatory, as a student of Andrew Mark.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree from The Boston Conservatory in 2000, and earned her Master's Degree in 2002 under the guidance of Rhonda Rider. 
Irina Chirkova is an active solo and chamber musician. As an electric cello band member, Irina plays standing up in the CCBONNES and MystiQuintet groups, with whom she toured internationally (Dubai, Qatar, Greece), as well as within the US.  

She has also played with Boston area bands in local venues. 
Ms. Chirkova has performed at political conferences for Bill Clinton and Mitt Romney and she has played on TV shows such as The Late Show with David Letterman, the Jingle Ball event with Kanye West, and the BET Awards with P. Diddy, (2010).

Up to the fall of 2005, Irina had been a teaching assistant for Rhonda Rider at Wellesley College. Presently, she is a cello faculty at Santa Monica Music Center (Santa Monica), Cornerstone Music Conservatory (Los Angeles), Neighborhood Music School (Downtown Los Angeles), and Opus Music School (Torrance), CA

She is a member of: 

  • Celine Dion's Orchestra, Las Vegas, Caesar's Palace 2011-2014

  • Sully Erna (Godsmack) Solo Band

  • Mark Salling (Glee) solo band
Rouge Music Group band

  • ChamberPop band

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May 03, 2011

Claire Courchene’s Bio


When not performing with Ivan in his hit show, Intimate Illusions, you can find Claire touring with Josh Groban. On the cello, Claire has performed all over England and the United States. Living in Miami, Claire had the fortune of sharing the stage with many of the music industry’s leading performers, including Duran Duran, Mark Ronson, P.Diddy, Macy Gray, Burt Bacharach, Doc Severisen, Monica Mancini, Common, and Kanye West.

Claire took part in a summer of training at the Henry Mancini Institute based in Los Angeles. 

And since then has participated in an assortment of recording projects, including several independent movie soundtracks as well as appearing as a soloist on a dozen albums from various independent artists and bands.

Claire began her musical journey in England, when she began studying the cello when she was just two years old. By the age of seven, her love of music grew so strong, that after seeing the movie “The Music Man” Claire was inspired to start learning the trombone, which she has continued ever since.

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May 01, 2011

Hope Easton’s Bio


Hope Easton attended The Cleveland Institute of Music as a preporatory student. She went on to New England Concservatory and received her Bachelors of Music. Further continuing her education by being awarded the Fulbright Scholarship, she went to England studying at the Royal Northern College of Music with Ralph Kirshbaum, performing at various festivals in America and England.

Since then she decided to make a turn from classical music and branch out.  Finding her own voice while touring with a Hollywood artist, Hope started to develop a style of writing and singing expressing her emotional life and the perceptions of those lives around her. 

She has performed at the Gibson Amphitheatre and Walt Disney Hall with the band Bitter:sweet, as well as performed and recorded with the famous English rocker Al Stewart.

Hope has four cds, House of Hope, S.O.S. and One To One of her own original music, and the most recent, Begging Me is a live session with her band, “Hope Easton and The Adam Kadmon Band”.  The band is comprised of musicians; Leo Chelyapov, Maksim Velichkin and Frank Musarra. All cds are availalble on itunes as well.

Visit her official website here.