Irina Kaplan Lande, Artistic Director
Irina Kaplan Lande is Artistic Director of the Candlelight Concert Society, where she conceives and implements the artistic vision for the series by bringing outstanding musicians, maintaining artistic excellence, fostering creative diversity, and building the organization’s reputation as an internationally-recognized music presenter.
A graduate of St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, Irina Kaplan Lande was trained in that school's famous tradition of piano playing. She has been on the faculty of the Peabody for over 20 years, teaching piano and chamber music, and has served on the faculty of the College of Notre Dame and Towson University. Her students have participated in numerous competitions, and have achieved successful placements at prestigious music schools and universities across the country.
In 2003, Irina founded the Poulenc Trio, one of the world's most prominent piano-wind trios. The group has been critically acclaimed, by the New York Times and Washington Post, and has appeared on concert series and at music festivals in 45 states and around the world, including the Ravello Festival in Italy, the San Miguel de Allende Festival in Mexico, and the White Nights Festival in Russia. Irina has performed with violinist Hilary Hahn, the Thibaud Trio of Berlin, soprano Hyunah Yu, clarinetists Alexander Fiterstein and Anthony McGill and poet Lia Purpura, among others.
As Artistic Director for the group, Irina has been the driving force behind the Trio's commitment to commissioning, performing and recording new works from living composers. Since its founding, the Trio has greatly expanded the repertoire available for the oboe, bassoon and piano, with 22 new works written for and premiered, including three triple concertos for Trio and full orchestra. She has released two albums with the Trio - "Poulenc Plays Poulenc" and "Creation" on Delos label.
In her free time she loves to ski in the winter and forage for mushrooms in the summer.