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Irena Kogan was born in Kharkov (USSR) and studied music college mastering both violin and piano.She continued her music education at St.Petersburg Conservatory , where she studied by G.Ustvolsky, J.Pustilnik, S.Slonimsky, V.Maisky, M.Druskin and E.Ruchevsky.
She was awarded in the competition of vocal reading .
During the 70’s her work was performed in theatres throughout Russia, eg. in St.Petersburg, Moscow, Kharkov, Kiev and Viborg. During that time she discovered her love for languages (English, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Hebrew) and the relationship between music and poetry.
The next decade brought her international fame, with her music being performed in Germany, Poland and Russia. She wrote and arranged music for movies and theatre and made several musicals.
In 1991 she emmigrated to Israel to find personal and professional joy in raising an ensemble of 45 (mostly immigrant) kids,all searching for their roots:
King David’s Children (www.kdchildren.org). It was like all pieces of that big puzzle finally matched. The ensemble made fame by performing (singing and dancing) traditional Jewish songs (folk) in many languages, eg. Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Russian, Yemenite, Spanish, English. Since 1991 King David’s Children has performed almost 2000 times in Israel and Western European countries. Famous worldleaders come to see the songs of The People being performed by the future of The people. Irena Kogan is widely recognized for her original and emotional arrangements for King David’s Children, with many media covering her groundbreaking work. Two movies (1995, by M.Golan and 2003 by T.Schwarcz) were made about her and her work for King David’s Children.
Irena Kogan also released several solo albums with original music. It’s a unique folk style, heavily influenced by Spanish an Middle Eastern rythms . For it, she received two honorable mentions in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (2002, 2003) .
Irena is Laureate of international competitions composers Song of the Year 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012 in the USA.
Performance of Irena's Kogan (Scalerica) ensemble King David's Children in Tzfat in 2004 at the festival Kleizemer with the song Ingele.