In March 2020, Irina Kulikova recorded her fifth album; it was her fourth cooperation with Grammy Award-winning producer Norbert Kraft. The program includes transcriptions of popular classical pieces and world premieres, as well as compositions for guitar and cello. Title of the album is Irina’s personal motto in life and music: It’s about the touch. The album was followed in half a year by her sixth album: two suites by Belgian composer Mark Van Overmeire. Again half a year later, she released her seventh album: a Christmas CD for voice and guitar, recorded in the famous Abbey Road Studio.
Through the years, the beauty of Irina Kulikova’s playing became iconic for guitarists around the world. She developed into a much appreciated mentor for conservatorium students and fellow professionals and gained popularity with her master classes brimming with imagery and humour. She founded a guitar program for the Russian School of Music in Irvine (USA) and made California her second home. In the USA, she was invited to most major guitar series and societies such as Cleveland, Austin, Dallas, New York, Baltimore, Boston, Seattle and Miami.
Irina Kulikova is dedicated to the discovery and guidance of a next generation of guitarists. She is founder and director of the The Hague – Altamira International Classical Guitar Competition and the It’s about the touch Foundation. She is building up the ClassicalGuitar.Academy.