Born in a little military town on the border of Russia and Finland, pianist Irina Stene was accepted to a public school and public music school at age of 6. By 14, she moved away from her family to Arkhangelsk to study piano performance at the music academy, where she was accepted on a full scholarship. There, she completed a bachelor degree as a piano performer, concertmaster, and a piano teacher. She continued her education at the Petrozavodsk State Conservatoire, full scholarship, and in 2003, graduated as a piano performer, concertmaster, and piano instructor, earning a Master's degree. She has served as staff accompanist/pianist at a music school in Saint-Petersburg, Russia working with children's groups and maintaining a private piano studio. In 2011, she moved to Saint Cloud, MN. Since her arrival, Stene has collaborated with Saint Cloud State University, and St. John's University/St. Ben's College. Stene is currently a Graduate Assistant at the University of Minnesota, working towards her D.M.A Collaborative piano/ Voice Coaching degree with Tim Lovelace.