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Born in Russia, Irina Dubkova began composing at the age of five. After completing her formal training as a pianist, she graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1982 in composition and continued with post-graduate studies with Professor Roman Ledeniov and theory with Professor Yuri Kholopov. From 1982 to 1985, Dubkova was musical editor at the State Radio and TV Company.

Irina Dubkova has taught composition in the Composition Department at the Moscow State P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory from 1993 to the present. At the same time she has served on the new member committee at the Union of All Russian Composers.

Irina Dubkova has participated in many competitions and festivals. She was a winner in the Moscow International Young Composer's Competition, in 1980 with Four Romances on texts of Sergei Yesenin for baritone and piano; in 1982 with her Symphony No. 1; in 1985 with a vocal cycle for children; in 1987 with Allegro for symphony orchestra.

In 2018 she became Laureate (II Prize) of X International Competition of Performers and Composers “Romanticism: its origins and beyond” in memory of Elena Gnessina, Moscow, Russia.

Her compositions have been performed regularly at the annual festivals Moscow Autumn, Universe of Sound, Nippon Kokoro, Earino Spring Festival, International Organ Gedike's Festival, All Russia Harp Festival and Meeting of the Friends. Performances of Dubkova's symphonic, chamber, vocal and choral music have been heard across the Russia and in many regions of the world: USA, Austria, Germany, Finland, Greece, Switzerland, etc.