Irene Klein was introduced to early music at a young age, receiving her first lessons on the viol when she was nine. After completing her studies with Paolo Pandolfo at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland with a diploma she rounded off her studies with Roberto Gini at the Civica Scuola di Musica di Milano.
Her talent for solo playing culminated in her winning the second highest prize awarded at the "First International Bach-Abel Competition for the Viol" in Cöthen/Anhalt, Germany in 1997, and an "Honorable Mention" at the "Concours Musica Antiqua" in Bruges/Belgium in 1999. She has been part of various CD and radio recordings in Germany and Switzerland and has traveled widely in Europe for concerts. She has worked in opera and dance performances of the Theater Basel. From 1999 to 2001 she accepted a teaching position for the viol in Prague, Czech Republic at the Týnská Skola and currently holds a teaching position at the "Hochschule für Musik und Theater" Leipzig.(1)