Cédric Tiberghien and Alina Ibragimova first met as members of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme in 2005. Immediately finding a rare musical and personal rapport, they performed together in a number of studio sessions and in concerts at the Wigmore Hall and at festivals around the UK. The unique partnership which developed between the two artists was picked up by ‘The Times’ who concluded its review of Cédric and Alina’s final recital as part of New Generation Artists, at the 2007 Cheltenham Festival, by commenting “Both of these players have the potential to conquer the world”.
The duo have gone on to perform throughout Europe and in North America, appearing in venues including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Theatre des Champs Elysées in Paris, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, at the Vancouver Recital Society and San Francisco Performances as well as major tours of Australia and Asia. This season’s North American tour includes concerts on the major series in St. Paul, Miami, Toronto, Orange County, San Francisco, and North Carolina. The duo is also a regular guest of the Wigmore Hall in London, where it presented an acclaimed complete cycle of the Beethoven violin sonatas in the 2009/10 season. This was followed in 2015-16 by a series of 5 concerts as part of the Hall’s ‘The Mozart Odyssey’ series which saw them perform the complete sonatas for Violin and Piano by W A Mozart.
Cédric and Alina’s Beethoven cycle was recorded for a three-volume release on the ‘Wigmore Live’label, attracting unanimous praise from the press. International Record Review gave each volume its “IRR Outstanding Recording” award, commenting that “In every way, it proves an extraordinary achievement”. The Times was equally enthusiastic: “Spontaneous, impulsive, young and fresh, the violinist Ibragimova and the pianist Tiberghien make an electrifying partnership”.
The duo’s other recordings are all available on Hyperion: its first release on the label featured the complete works by Szymanowski (2009), and was followed by a disc with Ravel’s complete works coupled with Lekeu’s Violin Sonata (2011) and the complete works by Schubert (2013). Their most recent recordings are the first three volumes (of five) of the complete sonatas for violin and keyboard Please check whether a more recent version of this biography is available before printing by Mozart which have again proved hugely popular with critics and audiences alike, with volume 1 selected as Editors’ Choice in Gramophone: “it would be hard to imagine more persuasive performances than we have here from the ever-rewarding Tiberghien-Ibragimova duo.”
Both Cédric and Alina enjoy flourishing careers as soloists, appearing with many of the world’s leading orchestras and as solo recitalists in some the most distinguished venues and festivals on the circuit.
“Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien have become today's partnership of choice for violin and piano repertory”