Alina Ibragimova



Performing music from baroque to new commissions on both modern and period instruments, Alina Ibragimova has established a reputation for versatility and the “immediacy and honesty” (The Guardian) of her performances.

The 2022/23 season sees Alina perform concertos by Jörg Widmann, Bartók, Prokofiev and Mendelssohn with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Symphony (all with Robin Ticciati), London Philharmonic (with Edward Gardner), Helsinki Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic and Cologne’s Gürzenich-Orchester. She also begins a two-year Mozart cycle with Kammerorchester Basel and Kristian Bezuidenhout.

Last season’s highlights included returns to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Mahler Chamber Orchestra collaborating with Daniel Harding, Nathalie Stutzmann and Maxim Emelyanychev among others. She recently performed with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

​In recital, Alina regularly performs at London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, 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 longstanding partnership with pianist Cédric Tiberghien with concerts across Europe and North America. Alina is a founding member of the Chiaroscuro Quartet – one of the one of the most sought-after period ensembles.

Alina’s discography on Hyperion Records ranges from Bach Concertos with Arcangelo through to Prokofiev Sonatas with Steven Osborne. Her 2020 album of Shostakovich Violin Concertos with Vladimir Jurowski and the State Academy Symphony Orchestra of Russia received a Gramophone Editor’s Choice, Diapason d’Or and was one of The Times’ Discs of the Year. Her 2021 recording of Paganini’s 24 Caprices topped the classical album charts on its release.

Born in Russia in 1985, Alina studied at the Moscow Gnesin School before moving to the UK where she attended the Yehudi Menuhin School and Royal College of Music. Her teachers have included Natasha Boyarsky, Gordan Nikolitch and Christian Tetzlaff. Alina’s many awards include the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award 2010, the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award 2008, the Classical BRIT and Young Performer of the Year Award 2009. An alumnus of the BBC New Generation Artists Scheme (2005-07), she was made 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

“Alina Ibragimova is the epitome of a generous artist,” said PUC Director Marna Seltzer. “She is the ultimate collaborator..."

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