Performing music from baroque to new commissions, on both modern and period instruments, Russian-born violinist Alina Ibragimova seemingly defies the laws of physics, playing with an “immediacy and honesty” that collapses “any sense of distance between performer and listener” (The Guardian). Ibragimova has a long-standing partnership with pianist Cédric Tiberghien, whose flourishing international career spans five continents where he has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious halls. In the words of BBC Music Magazine, “Few players of this music combine such clarity and articulation with shimmering sparkle and virtuosic flair; this is sophisticated pianism.”
About Alina Ibragimova
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”.
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.
About Cédric Tiberghien
Cédric Tiberghien’s flourishing international career spans five continents taking him to some of the world’s most prestigious halls, including, most recently, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Centre in Washington, the Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall and Barbican in London, the Salle Pleyel and the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris, Berlin’s Bechstein Hall, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, the Sydney Opera and Tokyo’s Bunka Kaikan and Asahi Halls.
Recital plans include debuts in Chicago (Chicago Symphony Presents), Vienna (Konzerthaus), Amsterdam (Muziekgebouw), Seoul (Kumho Art Hall), several projects in the Wigmore Hall’s prestigious Master Series in London and a return to the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris.
Cédric Tiberghien’s latest CD release is a recital disc of Szymanowski’s music (Hyperion, February 2014) which attracted unanimous praise from the international music press (“A masterclass in refined virtuosity” – Gramophone; “Few players of this music of this music combine such clarity and articulation with shimmering sparkle and virtuosic flair. This is sophisticated pianism” – BBC Music Magazine). His discography also includes César Franck’s Symphonic Variations and Les Djinns, with the Liege Philharmonic conducted by François-Xavier Roth, Brahms’s Concerto No.1 with the BBC Symphony and Jiri Belohlavek, and six recital discs on Harmonia Mundi: Debussy, Beethoven Variations, Bach Partitas, Chopin and Brahms Ballades, Brahms Hungarian Dances, and a recital of Chopin Mazurkas.
Cédric Tiberghien studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Frédéric Aguessy and Gérard Frémy and was awarded the Premier Prix in 1992, aged just 17. He was then a prize winner at several major international piano competitions (Bremen, Dublin, Tel Aviv, Geneva, Milan), culminating with the 1st Prize at the prestigious Long-Thibaud Competition in Paris in 1998, alongside with five special awards, including the Audience Award and the Orchestra Award.
With over 60 concertos in his repertoire, Cédric Tiberghien has appeared with some of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Washington National Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Hamburger Philharmoniker, Dresden Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Philharmonique de Radio-France, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Sydney Symphony, Tokyo Philarmonic and New Japan Philharmonic. His conductor collaborations include Christoph Eschenbach, Jiri Belohlavek, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Simone Young, Myung-Whun Chung, Kurt Masur, Ivan Fischer, Jeffrey Tate, Louis Langrée, Ludovic Morlot, Stephane Deneve and Enrique Mazzola.
Cédric Tiberghien is also a dedicated chamber musician, with regular partners including violinist Alina Ibragimova, violist Antoine Tamestit and cellist Pieter Wispelwey. His passion for chamber music is reflected in numerous recordings: his discography with Alina Ibragimova includes Schubert (Hyperion), Ravel and Lekeu (Hyperion), Szymanowski (Hyperion), and the complete Beethoven violin sonatas (Wigmore Live). He also recently recorded a disc of French melodies with Sophie Karthauser (Cypres).
Date & Venue
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ
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Concert length is estimated to be 2 hours with one intermission.
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Bach: Violin Sonata No. 4 in C minor, BWV 1017
Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100
Cage: 6 Melodies (1950)
Schumann: Violin Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 121
Program subject to change. Concerts are estimated to be two hours in length with one intermission.