Irina Lankova was born as the daughter of an engineer couple and started playing piano in the age of seven. She was graduated with highest honours from Gnessin State Musical College in Moscow with Irina Temchenko, studying also with Lev Naumov and Vladimir Tropp. In 1996 she moved to Brussels and continued her studies at Royal Conservatory of Brussels with Evgeny Mogilevsky. At the end of her first year at the Conservatory she was awarded the ‘Premier Prix’ for Piano with the Highest Distinction and consecutively obtained Diplômes Supérieurs of Piano, Chamber Music, Music theory, Music pedagogy and studied Conducting. Furthermore she received personal musical guidance in master classes of Vitaly Margulis and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
In 2008, Irina Lankova was invited to join the worldwide piano elite ‘Steinway Artists’. She has been described in the international press as a pianist with a “genuinely poetic touch” and an “infinite palette of colours”.
She was invited to play in many international festivals: Midi-Minimes Brussels, Festival d’Enghien, Festival de Silly, Festival Monteverdi Cremona, Piano Folies Touquet, Schiermonnikoog Chamber Music Festival, Belœil, Classissimo, Musiq'3, Summer Festival and Festival de Wallonie in Brussels, Fortissimo in Orléans, Académie d’Eté de Nice (where she also gives master classes since 2012), Festival of Yuri Bashmet, Berlin Festival and Sagra Musicale Umbria in Perugia.
She performs in prestigious concert halls such as Flagey and the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels, the Wigmore Hall in London (2008), the Salle Gaveau in Paris (2014, 2015, 2016), the French Cathedral, Berlin, the Cidade das Artes in Rio de Janeiro and in St Martin-in-the-Fields in London.
As a chamber musician she plays with musicians as Tatiana Samouil (album "Caprice" 2015), Michael Guttman, Philippe Graffin, Henri Demarquette, Dimitry Maslennikov, Jeroen Reuling, Pascal Moraguès and Marie Hallynck.
Inspired by others arts and always in search for new ways of presenting the classical music, Irina Lankova develops personal multimedia projects. The first project ‘Goldberg Mirrors’ first took place in Brussels’ Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula in 2014 and has been reproduced in French Cathedral Berlin in 2015. In 2016 she launched «Piano Unveiled», a concept of informal concerts, commented by her and directed to the general public.
She is also producer of concerts in Belgium and France, she lectures on classical music and popularise it through various appearances and collaborations. She is the artistic director of the international music festival Max van der Linden in Belgium and founder of Lime & Honey, a platform combining artistic and humanitarian initiatives.
- Sergei Rachmaninov, Franz Liszt (2004, CD): Rachmaninov Preludes Op. 23, Liszt Rapsodie No. 2 with cadence by Rachmaninov
- Alexander Scriabin (2006, CD): Sonates No. 2 & No. 9, Pieces Op. 32, Op. 57
- Frédéric Chopin (2008, CD): Sonata No. 3, Ballade No. 1, Scherzo No. 2, Nocturnes
- Franz Schubert (2013, CD Indésens): Drei Klavierstücke D. 946, Piano Sonata D. 959, Impromptu D. 899 No. 3
- “Caprice” (2015, CD Indésens): Fritz Kreisler (Caprice Viennois, Praeludium and Allegro, Liebesleid, Liebesfreud, Schön Rosmarin), Camille Saint-Saëns (Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso), Georges Bizet (Carmen, Fantaisie de concert Op. 25), Niccolo Paganini/Mario Pilati (Capriccio No. 24), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Meditation in D minor, Scherzo in C minor, Melodie in E flat major). With violinist Tatiana Samouil
- Martine D. Mergeay: «La beauté me sauve». In: La Libre Belgique. April 12, 2005.
- Free Lunchtime Piano Recital – Irina Lankova. St Martin-in-the-Fields, November 30, 2002. Archived 6 February 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
- Irina Lankova – Piano Concertist. In: L’Académie Internationale d’été de Nice. 2015.
- Françoyse Krier: Steinway Hall Suisse Romande Lausanne. Irina Lankova fait chanter le piano. In: fykmag (Interview).
- Irina Lankova. Piano. In: Classeek.
- Biography Irina Lankova. In: onepoint.fm. May 15, 2013.
- Irina Lankova plays Schubert. Website of Indésens.
- Philippe Cornet: Bach investit la cathédrale. In: Le Vif. September 26, 2014.
- Piano unveiled, narrated concerts by Irina Lankova. Website of Irina Lankova.