Irene Anda was born in Kongsberg (Norway).
She started her music education at the Stavanger Music Conservatoire with the piano as her main instrument. In 2006, she started studying „conducting of symphonic wind music “ with Professor Maurice Hamers at the music high school in Augsburg, Germany (now university). She passed her Master’s exam with the Royal Dutch Military Band „Johan Willem Friso“ in March 2013 where she was already a guest conductor in 2011. She passed both her Bachelor and her Master’s degree with distinction.
In 2012 Irene was the assistant conductor in the Production of „The flying Dutchman“ at the opera house of Augsburg.
With „Musikforeningen Nidarholm“ she achieved silver (96 points out of 100) in the elite-section of the Norwegian Championships for symphonic wind bands in March 2013. She also conducted the European Youth Brass Band during the European Championships for Brass Band in Oslo in May 2013.
Irene often adjudicates in wind music contests (Brassband and Wind band), for example in May 2016 at the first European Championships for Wind band in Utrecht, Netherlands.
Irene is part of the international team of Professor Maurice Hamers that educates conductors at the Mozart Institute (University of Augsburg) in Germany.
Irene is the conductor of the Norwegian Band Federation’s Region-wind band of „Nordland“ (North of Norway), and she is the chief conductor of the „Rheinische Bläserphilharmonie“ in Cologne, and since september 2015 she is the chief conductor of „Sinfonieorchester Stadtbergen“ in Augsburg.