Introducing Alina Ibragimova

Alina at the 2007 Huntington Estate Music Festival

Star of the 2007 Huntington Estate Music Festival, Alina Ibragimova has gone on to forge a remarkable international career. Alina was a member of the BBC New Generation Artists Scheme 2005-7, a recipient of a 2008 Borletti-Buitoni Trust award, and winner of the Classical BRIT Award 2009 for Best Young British Performer.

As soloist / director, Alina Ibragimova has performed with Kremerata Baltica in Paris, Salzburg and Verbier, and has toured with the Britten Sinfonia and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

In recital and chamber music Alina Ibragimova has appeared at venues including the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Mozarteum Salzburg, Musikverein Vienna, and at festivals including Salzburg, Verbier, MDR Musiksommer, City of London, Lockenhaus, Manchester International and Aldeburgh.

Back in 2007, Matthew Westwood wrote in the Australian:

Alina interviewed by Carl Vine at Huntington in 2007

“Huntington, like other chamber music festivals, is an opportunity to hear familiar artists in unfamiliar surroundings, and to be introduced to new musicians. Word was already getting around last week about the young Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova, making her Australian debut in Mudgee. On Friday evening she performed Beethoven’s Spring sonata with such crispness that it sounded freshly picked. Phrases were punctuated emphatically and she used a slightly dry, rather than sweet or syrupy tone. So natural was her delivery that interpretation never got in the way of the music. She worked hard at the weekend, leading with authority Brahms’s second sextet and beautifully unpacking the intricacies of Bach’s second violin sonata in A minor… [Festival Artistic Director Carl] Vine calls her an ingenue: a natural musician who ‘exhales music’.

‘It isn’t effortless, she works 18 hours a day,’ he says. ‘In fact, the musicians here who are working with her through the festival are a bit astonished: she just wants to play and play and play. If she ever feels like she doesn’t want to play any more music, her solution is to play a bit more until the feeling passes.'”

Recent reviews have been equally positive, with the Guardian recently writing, “few players give more of themselves to everything they perform, or colour every phrase more individually.”


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