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Alina Ibragimova

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Biography

Alina Ibragimova gained notice as a sensationally gifted child prodigy, first in Russia then as an émigré in England. She went on to fulfill the promise of her youth, developing a major international concert career and receiving numerous prestigious awards, including the Royal Philharmonic Society's Emily Anderson Prize. She has also made several distinguished recordings, perhaps the most acclaimed of which was her 2009 Hyperion account of the J.S. Bach sonatas and partitas for solo violin. Ibragimova's repertory extends well beyond Bach, taking in works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Prokofiev, Szymanowski, Hartmann, Roslavets, Ligeti, and many others. Ibragimova has served in the dual role of soloist and conductor and has often appeared in chamber music recitals with such artists as pianist Cédric Tiberghien. Besides Hyperion, she has recorded for EMI and BIS. Alina Ibragimova was born in Polevskoy, Russia, on September 28, 1985. Her father is a double bass player and her mother a violinist and teacher. From age four Ibragimova played the violin, and at five began studies at the Moscow-based Gnessin State Musical College, with Valentina Korolkova. Ibragimova made her first solo appearances with orchestra at age six. Her family relocated to London in 1996 when her father became principal double bass with the London Symphony Orchestra. In London Ibragimova studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School (where her mother became a violin professor) and later at the Guildhall School of Music. Ibragimova concluded studies at London's Royal College of Music with Gordan Nikolitch. In 2005, while still a student at the RCM, Ibragimova formed the Chiaroscuro Quartet, which performs Classical-era repertory on period instruments. 2005 was also the year Ibragimova dazzled audiences at the Salzburg Mozarteum with a performance of the Mozart Second Violin Concerto, which she also conducted. From 2005-2007 she performed as a BBC New Generation Artist. Her first recording as a featured soloist came in 2007 on a Hyperion CD of the Concerto funebre for violin and strings and other works by Karl Amadeus Hartmann. In May 2009 Ibragimova was given the Young British Performer Classical BRIT award. Her mounting concert successes, as well as the critical acclaim of her 2009 Bach recording, paved the way to her award of the Emily Anderson Prize in May 2011. Her two volumes of the Beethoven violin sonatas, with pianist Cédric Tiberghien, issued in 2010 and 2011 on the Wigmore Hall Live label, scored another critical success.

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