Alina Ibragimova

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Performing music from baroque to new commissions on both modern and period instruments, Alina Ibragimova is recognised for the ”immediacy and honesty” (The Guardian) of her performances.

The season will see Alina play concertos by Jörg Widmann, Bartók, Prokofiev and Mendelssohn with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, London Philharharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic and Dresden Philharmonic. She also begins a two-year Mozart cycle with the Kammerorchester Basel.

Highlights of recent seasons include concerts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, London Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich; collaborating with Vladimir Jurowski, Sir John Elliot Gardner, Jakob Hrůša, Maxim Emelyanychev, Robin Ticciati, Daniel Harding and Edward Gardner.

In recital, Alina regularly performs at London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie and at the Royal Albert Hall where she performed Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin at the BBC Proms. This season she continues her award-winning partnership with pianist Cédric Tiberghien with concerts across Europe and North America. She also performs with the Chiaroscuro Quartet – one of the most sought-after period ensembles of which she is a founding member.

Alina’s discography on Hyperion Records ranges from Bach Concertos with Arcangelo through to Prokofiev Sonatas with Steven Osborne. Her 2020 recording of Shostakovich’s Violin Concertos won a Gramophone Award, while her 2021 recording of Paganini’s 24 Caprices topped the classical album charts on its release.

Born in Russia in 1985, Alina attended the Moscow Gnesin School, Yehudi Menuhin School and Royal College of Music, studying with Natasha Boyarsky, Gordan Nikolitch and Christian Tetzlaff. An alumnus of the BBC New Generation Artists Scheme, Alina’s many accolades include two Royal Philharmonic Society awards and an MBE in the 2016 New Year Honours List.

Alina performs on a c.1775 Anselmo Bellosio violin kindly provided by Georg von Opel.

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“Ibragimova makes familiar works sound both spontaneously conceived and inevitable. Her playing proclaims authority.”

The New York Times

“The rise of this impassioned, intelligent and inquisitive young Russian is a joyous breath of fresh air blowing through our concert halls.”

The Times

“She is one of the most expressive violinists around.”

BBC Magazine
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