Performing music from baroque to new commissions on both modern and period instruments, Alina Ibragimova has established a reputation as one of the most accomplished and intriguing violinists of the younger generation. This was illustrated in her prominent presence at this year’s BBC Proms, which included a concerto with a symphony orchestra, a concerto with a baroque ensemble and two Royal Albert Hall late-night recitals featuring the complete Bach partitas and sonatas, which commanded capacity audiences, and for which The Guardian commented “The immediacy and honesty of Ibragimova’s playing has the curious ability to collapse any sense of distance between performer and listener”.
Highlights among future concerto engagements include debuts with the Boston Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Hungarian National Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony, returns with the London Symphony, BBC Symphony, residencies with the Strasbourg Philharmonic and at the Casa della Musica in Porto, as well as extensive touring in Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Tasmania symphony orchestras).
As a recitalist, Alina has appeared at venues including the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Salzburg Mozarteum, Vienna’s Musikverein, Park Avenue Armory in New York, Carnegie Hall, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Vancouver Recital Series, San Francisco Performances, and at festivals including Salzburg, Verbier, Gstaad, MDR Musiksommer, Manchester International, Lockenhaus, Lucerne, Mostly Mozart New York and Aldeburgh.
Her long-standing duo partnership with pianist Cédric Tiberghien has featured a highly successful complete cycle of the Beethoven violin sonatas at the Wigmore Hall, where the duo is currently midway through a complete cycle of the Mozart violin sonatas. Future plans for the duo also include extensive touring in Japan and North America.
Over the years, Alina has appeared with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Orquestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Seattle Symphony, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Philharmonia, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and all the BBC orchestras. Conductors with whom Alina has worked include Bernard Haitink, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Valery Gergiev, Paavo Järvi, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vladimir Jurowski, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Mark Elder, Philippe Herreweghe, Osmo Vänskä, Hannu Lintu, Sakari Oramo, Ilan Volkov, Tugan Sokhiev, Jakub Hrusa, Ludovic Morlot, Edward Gardner and Gianandrea Noseda.
As soloist/director Alina has toured with the Kremerata Baltica, Britten Sinfonia, Academy of Ancient Music, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Born in Russia in 1985 Alina studied at the Moscow Gnesin School before moving with her family to the UK in 1995 where she studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Royal College of Music. She was also a member of the Kronberg Academy Masters programme. Alina's teachers have included Natasha Boyarsky, Gordan Nikolitch and Christian Tetzlaff.
Alina has been the recipient of awards including the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award 2010, the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award 2008, and the Classical BRIT Young Performer of the Year Award 2009. She was a member of the BBC New Generation Artists Scheme 2005-7. Alina records for Hyperion Records and performs on a c.1775 Anselmo Bellosio violin kindly provided by Georg von Opel.