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Irina Döring is born in Chur and grows up there. At the age of eight she starts learning to play the classical guitar with Ruedi Montigel. Ten years later she decides to take lute lessons, because of her fascination for the instrument's repertory. She first attends lessons in Basel with Karl Ernst Schröder and after his death in 2003, with Anthony Bailes.

In 2005 Irina passes the entrance examination to the CMA (Centre de Musique Ancienne) in Geneva and starts to study the playing of the renaissance lute, the archlute and the baroque guitar with Jonathan Rubin. Afterwards she specialises with Francis Biggi in performing medieval music, which she got to know and love in the process of her formation. She completes her studies with a doctorate on the playing of the lute in the fifteenth century at the University of Tours, where she graduates in 2022. She deepens her musicianship visiting masterclasses given by Paul O’Dette or Rolf Lislevand. At the moment she writes a doctoral thesis at the university François Rabelais in Tours.

Today Irina works as a freelance musician and an enthusiastic pedagogue. The ambition of her commitment is to raise the popularity of early music. With her ensembles lumières baroques and lumières médiévales she enables the interested public to rediscover musical pearls of days past.