Alina was recently interviewed by Andrew Clark for the Financial Times ahead of her eagerly awaited debut concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra next week. Three performances, culminating in a concert at the Barbican centre will see her perform the Schumann Violin Concerto with conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Although her debut with the orchestra, Alina and Sir John Eliot are already an established team, and with Sir John Eliot and the LSO continuing their exploration of Mendelssohn during the rest of the programme, these concerts are not to be missed!
Read Andrew's interview here
Click here to read Tom Service's interview with Alina in the 18 October issue of The Guardian.
The Mendelssohn recording was CD of the Week on BBC Radio 3's Saturday Review on 06 October and entered the Classical Charts at No.5.
Alina's recording of the two Mendelssohn violin concertos with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Vladimir Jurowsky is released by Hyperion Records this month. Alina is also featured in the Gramophone Awards issue of Gramophone magazine, both in an article documenting the recording sessions of the Mendelssohn and in a review of the CD.
Alina has just finished recording her next CD for Hyperion Records, the complete Schubert works for violin and piano, with her duo partner of the last seven years, Cédric Tiberghien. The recording was made in London over two weekends in late July/early August and the CD will be released in 2013.
Alina's next CD release will be the Mendelssohn violin concertos (see the Recordings page for details) with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Vlaimir Jurowski. The pre-release CDs have just arrived and the disc will be in the shops in September.
Alina will step-in to replace the indisposed soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, at the Barbican Centre London on Sunday 25 March, performing the Mendelssohn E minor violin concerto. She will also perform the Mendelssohn concerto with the period instrument Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) at the City of London Festival on 28 June 2012. These concerts will be followed by the late summer release of Alina's Hyperion Records CD of the two Mendelssohn violin concertos with the OAE conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.
Alina is currently in the middle of a tour with the Academy of Ancient Music, making her debut with the orchestra as well as play/directing on baroque violin for the first time (see the very positive reviews from the Guardian & BBC Music Magazine in the Reviews section). The tour began with a residency at Dartington Hall giving Alina & the AAM lots of time to work together on the music.
Alina & the AAM performed the Bach E major violin concerto on BBC Radio 3's In Tune on 28 February which you can hear on the BBC iPlayer. The concert in Ludlow on 02 March will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
The winner of the CD competition is David Bailes who correctly guessed that Alina & Cédric have been performing together for 6 years.
Alina and Cédric Tiberghien's new recital disc, of music by Ravel and Lekeu, has just been released by Hyperion Records. To celebrate the launch of the new website we are giving away a signed copy of the CD to the first person to correctly answer the following question: For how many years have Alina and Cédric been performing together? Answers to firstname.lastname@example.org
The debut CD by Chiaroscuro Quartet has just been released on the Aparté label. The programme is Mozart Dissonance and Schubert Rosamund quartets. Click here to see a short video about the making of the CD.
Alina has been shortlisted for the Gramophone Chamber Music Award 2010 for her & Cédric Tiberghien's Wigmore Hall Live Beethoven cycle CDs, and for Gramophone Artist Of The Year 2010. You can vote for Alina by clicking here (you will need to log-in or register in order to vote).
See the UK Foreign Office short film of Alina 'See Britain through my eyes' ahead of its official release by clicking here in which Alina reflects on her experiences of modern Britain, ahead of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Alina has won the 2010 Critics' Music Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent
Alina has won the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award 2011 (previous winners include Ian Bostridge, Gustavo Dudamel)
Duncan Druce in his article 'Standing Solo' (Gramophone, June issue) asks "who gets closest to the Bachian ideal on record" and, after comparing 16 recordings of Bach's Sonatas & Partitas on both modern and period instruments, concludes that his "favourite account has to be from Alina Ibragimova".
Alina has been invited by Valery Gergiev to perform the Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.1 with him at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg on 05 March, followed by a solo recital at the Mariinsky on 07 March.
Alina is featured on the front cover of the March issue of the BBC Music Magazine.
Alina & Cédric return to the studio this month to record the follow-up to their prize-winning Szymanowski CD for Hyperion. The CD will contain all the works for violin & piano by Ravel as well as the violin sonata by Guillaume Lekeu.
Alina is currently doing a Musica Viva recital tour of Australia with Cédric Tiberghien - you can follow their progress on the Musica Viva blog.
22, 23 & 26 September: Alina will replace Janine Jansen in performances of the Brahms Double concerto, with cellist Torleif Thedéen and the Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, at the Bridgewater Hall Manchester.
17 August: Alina will give the World Premiere, with the BBC Symphony & Edward Gardner, of a new violin concerto written for her by Huw Watkins. The concert will also be broadcast on BBC4. Huw wrote a solo Partita for Alina in 2006, premiered at the Wigmore Hall, and discussions about a concerto were begun immediately after the concert.
25 May: The last concert of Alina & Cédric's Beethoven violin sonata cycle at the Wigmore Hall coincided with the release of the first CD of the cycle, recorded live last October at the first of the Wigmore concerts. Geoff Brown, writing in The Times, described the recording as "Spontaneous, impulsive, young and fresh, Ibragimova and Tiberghien make an electrifying partnership" and in his review of tonight's concert he wrote "These are ferociously gifted young musicians"
22 April: The BBC Proms 2010 programme has been announced and Alina will perform a new violin concerto by Huw Watkins at the Royal Albert Hall on 17 August. Huw has previously written a solo violin Partita for Alina which she premiered at the Wigmore Hall in November 2006.
09 April: Alina has been shortlisted for a Royal Philharmonic Society Music Instrumentalist Award www.rpsmusicawards.com
Click here to watch a video of a chicken called Alina Ibragimova
Click here to vote for Alina in the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2010
20 December: Alina's Szymanowski CD with Cédric Tiberghien is one of the the Boston Globe's top 10 albums of 2009
06 December: Alina's Bach CD is one of Hugh Canning's choices in the Sunday Times Top 100 Albums of 2009
Five star reviews in The Guardian and Sunday Times (see reviews page) for Alina's new Bach CD, which will also be Editor's Choice in the next issue of Gramophone Magazine.
Alina's recording of the Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin will be released by Hyperion Records on 01 October. The recordings were made in London last winter.
Alina will perform at the BBC Proms on 29 August as part of the BBC's New Generation Artists weekend, when all the present and former members of the NGA scheme will perform.
Alina's Szymanowski recital CD with Cédric Tiberghien has been awarded a Diapason d'Or by Diapason Magazine.
22 July: Alina will appear in interview and performance on BBC2's Culture Show following her three nights of solo Bach concerts at the Manchester International Festival. The programme will be broadcast at 7pm and will be available via the BBC iPlayer shortly afterwards.
13 July: Alina will appear on BBC Radio 4's Womans Hour both in interview and performing solo Bach.
14 May: Alina has won the Young British Performer Classical BRIT 2009
01 May: Alina's third CD for Hyperion Records, the works for violin & piano by Karol Szymanowski, has just been released
Alina has been nominated for a 2009 Classical BRIT award in the Young British Performer/Group category
Chiaroscuro Quartet will perform on BBC Radio 3's In Tune programme on Friday 10 April
Alina's CD of the two Roslavets violin concertos has just won the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik in the 'Bestenliste 1.2009' category.
Alina's third CD for Hyperion, the complete violin works of Karol Szymanowski, recorded last year with Cédric Tiberghien, is now at the final editing stage and will be released in May.
Alina performs and records the Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin by JS Bach this winter, in sessions in December, January & February. The CD will be released by Hyperion Records in summer 2009, to coincide with performances at the City Of London and Manchester International festivals.