Irina Kondratenko hails from Latvia, although for a long time now she has been active in the Czech Republic. She performs not only as a solo pianist, but also with a wide array of Czech as well as international orchestras in France, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, Belgium, Taiwan, Japan, Austria, etc. She is a sought-after partner for chamber orchestras, singing recitals and recording sessions by such eminent performers as Josef Suk, José Cura, Marina Domashenko, Ludmila Peterková, Sharon Kam, Anda-Louise Bogza, Dana Burešová and others.
A professor of piano, she has been invited to collaborate at the International Academy of Chamber Music and appears on juries of major international and national piano competitions. Ms. Kondratenko gives mutch time to teaching and her work has earned her many awards at home as well as abroad. In the past academic year alone, her students earned more than 50 first prizes in various categories of international competitions in Europe and the USA. The awards at each of these competitions included absolute winner, special awards and the prizes of best pedagogue to Irina Kondratenko.
She has also participated in master classes both in the Czech Republic and abroad, collaborating with many promising young musicians. Recently, she broadened the range of her activities by becoming the art director of the festival „Krumlov Recitals“, which takes place each autumn in Cesky Krumlov.
She has been awarded the title "Woman of the Year 2007" in the category of Arts and Culture. She is the laureate of many national and international competitions and the holder of the Gustav Mahler European Prize, the Prize of International Press and many renowned pedagogical awards.
She is currently working with the violinist Jana Vonášková - Novak on a complete edition of sonatas for violin and piano by Johannes Brahms for Supraphon.