Irina Zubareva was born into a family of professional musicians. She started to perform as a singer in her father’s band. She received her graduate degree in Music from the Saint Petersburg Academy of Art and Music and served as the conductor of the choir.

In 1992 Irina worked in the “Jazz StandArt” band and later in "Silk Stockings Jazz" with whom she recorded the album "I Love You".

Since that moment Irina has performed in the main Jazz clubs of Saint Petersburg. Since 2001,she has toured Finland, Netherlands, Germany, Malta, the Dominican Republic, and also worked as a singer with a band or as jazz duo on cruise ships.

Her interest in Brazilian music inspired her to put together and lead the group “One Band Samba”, with whom she regularly performed at the leading venues of St. Petersburg.

Since 2013, Irina has been living in NYC where she has performed with esteemed artists such as Hendrik Meurkens with his original music at the Iridium club, the Art Lillard big band in Iridium club and Zinc bar, as well as with Paul Bollenbak, and Boris Kurganov. Irina Zubareva can be heard weekly as a duo with pianist Misha Tsiganov, Roman Ivanov, Sasha Ratmansky, guitarist Ilya Lushtak, Ron Jackson and many more.

"Irina Zubareva is a very versatile singer. She sounds great when singing jazz and she sounds great when singing Brazilian music! It is rare to find a singer who can do both. I am very happy to have found her and to have her singing with my band."

- Hendrik Meurkens.