Irina Shelepov is an acting First Violin section member of the North Carolina Symphony and has been performing frequently with NCS since 2017. Before moving to North Carolina with her husband Anton Shelepov, who is also a violinist with NCS, she performed with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in Charleston, West Virginia; Ash Lawn Opera in Charlottesville, Virginia; and Chamber Orchestra Kremlin in Moscow, Russia.
Born to a musical family, Shelepov started to play violin at the age of four and achieved early success by winning several prizes in international young artist competitions in Russia, Ukraine, and Germany. She actively participated in festivals and master classes throughout Europe and received her master’s and doctoral degrees in violin performance from Moscow Conservatory. She has performed with many prominent soloists and conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Bashmet, and Misha Rachlevsky.
Prior to moving to the United States, Shelepov had toured the U.S. with Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, performing concerts in 49 States (Hawaii would still be on her wishlist to visit or perform).
Shelepov resides in Raleigh with her husband Anton and their three sons, the oldest of whom will be proudly going to N.C. State University for engineering and computer science beginning in 2022.