Irini Arabatzi is a jazz singer from Greece.
After studying classical piano from the age of 6 untill 18, Irini discovered jazz and improvisation, along with world and traditional music, which then became one of her biggest inspirations.
Irini grew up in Brussels, then moved to Greece to study Music at the Athenaeum Conservatory and to study Law at the Law School of Athens. During this period Irini performed in most major venues and festivals all over Greece with some of the most renowned jazz musicians. She has been a member of the vocal group “Fonés” and a member of the cast of musical theatre productions such as “West Side Story” at the Athens Concert Hall with the Symphony Orchestra, and “Shrek” at the National Theatre of Greece.
While studying for a year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Irini became a member of the Euroradio Orchestra hosted by BBC Radio; collaborated with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra for the recording of Kenny Wheeler's ''Sweet Sister Suite'' and Tommy Smith’s Youth Jazz Orchestra.
Irini moved to London to complete her Master’s Degree in the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Currently, she is a member of the jazz vocal group London Vocal Project.
Irini is an actively performing musician and is working on various projects from jazz/world (Brazilian, Greek, Latin American) music to electronic/pop sound, developing her first album and performing in major festivals and venues across the UK (Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Jazz Café etc), Greece (Tedx Academy, SNCF etc) and Belgium (Flagey Jazz festival etc).
Irini is a friendly, creative and experienced singing and piano teacher (ABRSM board), who has not only taught one to one lessons, but also worked with choirs and vocal groups. She also has an experience of teaching musicianship and Kodaly method to young children at Ears4Music.