Irina Nikonova is an honourable graduate of Gnesiny Russian Music Academy, piano class. Among her tuitors were Professor I. Kats, Professor L. Brumberg and Professor M. Volkova, who were followers of the Russian Neighouse piano school.

Irina repeatedly participated in International contests and festivals in different groups and as a soloist. In 1994 Irina set up a chamber music ensemble known in Russia under the title of "Elegy Clavier Trio". Since then she has been its manager. Besides she actively takes part in concerts and constantly widens her solo and chamber repertoire.

As a soloist she repeatedly played with symphony orchestras touring in a number of big Russian towns. She went to the Ukraine, Finland, France and USA on tours with concerts. Irina's musical programmes are broadcast over the Russian radio.

Three times (in 1997, 1999 & 2004) she has been awarded a special grant of the President of Russian Federation by All-Russian Musical community.

In 2000 Irina has been awarded diploma of International festival "Moscow - the city of the World». In 2008 Irina Nikonova was rewarded by the international organization "Friendship Force" with certificate for concerts appearances in the USA under the organization activity.

Her repertoire includes the music by classical Russian composers, composers-romanticists, Vienna classics, the music of the XX-th century and a number of piano concerts.