Irina Tchiastjakova was born in Moscow in 1965, and received her diploma from the Gnesin Academy in her city in 1989.
After having made her debut at the Moscow Opera in 1990, in 1991 she went on tour to Italy where she successfully sang in Ruslan e Ljudmila by Glinka and in Aleksandr Nevskij by Prokofiev.
In 1993 she won first prize at the International Competition "Viñ as" in Barcelona.
In the 1994/1995 opera season Ms. Tchiastjakova performed in Verdi's Requiem at the Lincoln Center in New York and in Münster, in Ruslan e Ljudmila at the Carnegie Hall in New York and in Boris Godunov in Liege and Bern.
In the 1996/1996 season Mstislav Rostropovich invited her to sing Kovancina by Musorgskij at the Teatro Boshoi.
The following year she interpreted Marina in Boris Godunov at the Teatro Regio in Turin and, conducted by Claudio Abbado, at the Salzburg Festival.
In 1996, in Trieste, she took part in a production of Evgenij Onegin and the following year in the Queen of Spades, both conducted by Fedoseev.
In 1997 she performed in Aleksandr Nevskij with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Daniele Gatti. Subsequently, she interpreted Laura in Gioconda at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, where she went back to the following year to sing Songs and dances of death by Musorgskij.
Recent and future engagements include a new production of Lady Macbeth from the story by Mzensk and Boris Godunov at the Opera in Geneva and at the Opéra-Bastille in Paris.
Following this, Irina Tchiastjakova will perform in War and Peace by Prokofiev and Mavra by Stravinsky. She will also sing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Ivan The Terrible conducted by Yuri Temirkanov.
She has also made many discographic recordings including Il Trovatore and Arias by Verdi.