Born in Jerez de la Frontera, Irene Ortega started playing the violin at age four with teacher Alicia Pearson and Bretislav Novotny. She has also received advice from violinists such as Pinchas Zukerman, Patinka Kopec, Grigory Kalinovsky, Isaac Schuldman, Alexander Sitkovetsky and Zakhar Bron.
In chamber music, Irene Ortega has studied with members of the Casals Quartet, pianists Josu de Solaun, Anna Petrova and Misha Dacic, and cellists Øyvind Gimse and Kyril Zlotnikov. She has also performed in Sam Houston State University, the International Museum of Children’s Art (Oslo), Sala María Cristina, Auditorio Lienzo Norte (Ávila), Auditorio Riberas del Guadaíra, Teatro Villamarta, Teatro de la Maestranza, Teatro Echegaray, Teatro Cervantes and Ateneo in Madrid. Ms Ortega took part in the Miami Piano Festival Academy, “20th Summer Academy of Music” in Cracovia and “Las mañanas en el Museo de Málaga”.
Irene Ortega obtained her degree at the Galamian Academy through the Royal Schools of Music, with Jesús Reina and Anna Nilsen. Recently, she premiered a work by Ernesto Aurignac at the Festival de Arte Sacro of Madrid and performed as a soloist with Orquesta Bética of Sevilla and conductor Michael Thomas. She is currently the artistic director of “Jerez Suena Jóven”.