Irene is a pianist, violinist, violist and educator with a Masters in Harpsichord and Piano performance from The Juilliard and Bachelor of Music in Piano from the University of British Columbia.
Twice winner of the Yamaha Canada Grand Prix and the Gold Medal of the Canadian Chopin Competition, Irene has performed on stage at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum, NJPAC, Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Sejong Center (Seoul), National Performing Arts Center (Beijing), National Symphony Concert Hall (Taipei), Mozarteum (Salzburg), Banff Center for the Arts, Chan Center for the Performing Arts (Vancouver), and Glenn Gould Studio (Toronto). As a string performer, Irene alternates between principal viola, first, and second violin positions in the East Coast Choir & Orchestra of the World Mission Society Church of God in New Windsor, NY (internationally recognized by Queen Elizabeth II for dedicated voluntary service on a global scale).
A founding member of Musica Sequenza and Musical Seasons Quartet, Irene has formerly held the position of principal keyboard with the Chamber Orchestra of New York, and has also toured with International Sejong Soloists with guest artist Gil Shaham. Her album credits include Canary Classics (Sejong) and Naxos (CONY). Irene has also been broadcast live on North American radio and TV, featured on European news, and the Millenium marked her international debut as a guest artist of the Canadian Embassy in Central America.
As a recipient of the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders, Morse Teaching, and Gluck Community Fellowships at Juilliard, Irene offers a highly varied and multidisciplinary education. She is familiar with all styles of music and learning curves and makes it a point to address each student as an individual artist with individual needs, goals, and personality while keeping the lessons creative and fun.