Irina Berkovich graduated from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire (class of Professor Yakov Flier). In 1980 she was a prize-winner at the International Bach Competition in Leipzig, following which she began to appear in recital and with chamber ensembles and orchestras in Eastern Europe.
One of the highlights in Irina Berkovich’s career has been to perform a series of twelve concerts dedicated to the music of Bach; this series of concerts took place in Moscow. The series saw performances of forty-eight preludes and fugues, all of the keyboard concerti, the Goldberg Variations and other works by the German composer.
Performances by Irina Berkovich with leading orchestras and conductors have been broadcast and recorded by TV and radio companies. The pianist has appeared alongside numerous acclaimed musicians; several chamber works have been composed especially for her.
Since 1989 Irina Berkovich has lived in Israel. She is currently a professor of piano at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in addition to continuing her successful performing career. Irina Berkovich tours to Europe and the USA and is a jury member of numerous international competitions. Her recordings have been released in Germany, Japan, Russia and Israel. In 2007 the pianist won the “Musician of the Year” award from Israeli TV.