Welcome to the new season!
The new season is underway and Alina’s diary for the year ahead promises an eclectic mix of solo recitals, chamber music and concerto engagements taking her to the US, Australia and much of Europe. As always, the diary is the result of many months - even years - of careful planning in order to balance projects and repertoire across the whole season.
Concerto engagements this season focus on some of the giants of the 20th century violin repertoire. The first concerto engagement of year is a performance of Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto no. 2 at the Settimane Musicale di Ascona with the Svizzera Italiana Orchestra. Rounding of the season is an extensive tour of Australia and New Zealand where Alina will perform Bartok’s 2nd concerto and Prokofiev’s 1st with the symphony orchestras of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Tasmania and the Auckland Philharmonic. Shostakovich’s Concerto no 1 features with a number of European orchestras during the middle months of the season. Alina is delighted that this still leaves time to return to both the London Symphony ( Mendelssohn with Sir John Eliot Gardiner) and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe ( Mozart with Bernard Haitink).
Alina has two residencies during 16-17; an intensive 10 day project at the Fundação Casa da Música in Porto and she is also Artist in Residence with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, each of which will feature a solo recital. The solo works of Bach and Ysaye continue to have a presence but a separate programme focusses on the less familiar but equally virtuosic Berio, Biber and Bartok.
Chamber music remains an essential part of the Alina’s musical diet; with Chiaroscuro she immerses herself in the classical and early romantic string quartet repertoire whilst with, duo partnership with Cédric Tiberghien takes a challenging programme of Cage, Brahms and Schumann on an extensive tour of the US.
New Year Honours List 2016
Alina has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2016 Honours List, bringing to a close a year that was full of wonderful experiences and collaborations new and old.
"I am delighted and privileged to accept this honour, as someone for whom the United Kingdom has become a musical and inspirational home. My career in music couldn’t have happened without the support and generosity of the musical culture of this country. I am thrilled to receive this MBE."
Alina’s next recording is out and is at the top of the specialist classical chart! Alina has teamed up with period ensemble Arcangelo and their director, Jonathan Cohen to record the Bach Violin Concertos; not only the familiar A minor and E major works ( BWV1041/1042) but also offering three further concerti, reconstructed from keyboard works. Hyperion’s excellent liner notes give the full historical back story on these pieces.
Alina was recently a guest on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Front Row, discussing this recording, her approach to playing Bach and her mesmerising Proms performances. The interview is still available to listen to here.
New recording: Ysaÿe Sonatas
Alina’s latest recording is the much anticipated release of Eugène Ysaÿe’s six sonatas for solo violin. Described as some of the most challenging works for the solo violin, each one was dedicated to one of the composer’s violinist colleagues; each a virtuoso in their own right, and the works reflect not only their characteristics and personality but also their formidable technical abilities. In its first week of release, Alina’s recording went straight to the top of the classical chart and was selected as Radio 3’s CD of the week .
Another highlight of June was Alina’s debut meeting with Bernard Haitink; in two performances of Mozart’s Violin Concerto no. 3 with the London Symphony Orchestra. The London concert was part of the LSO’s International Violin Festival, a celebration of the instrument showcasing 12 of today’s greatest performers in concertos spanning the repertoire from Mozart and Mendelssohn through to Szymanowski and Korngold. Specialist instrument auctioneers Tarisio have compiled a dedicated Digital Exhibition exploring the history of the concertos, today’s performers and their instruments . Read more about the Mozart concertos and the Belliso violin that Alina plays in the Tarisio Exhibition and also the LSO Blog.
BBC Proms 2015
The 2015 BBC Proms season is announced and Alina is delighted that she is one of this year's Feature Artists. Appearing in 4 Proms, audiences will have the opportunity to hear Alina perform solo recitals, chamber music and concertos as she showcases a wide range of repertoire.
Alina joins a distinguished line up of soloists who will give recitals of solo Bach works across the season. Late Night recitals, and solo performances in particular, have a unique and magical atmosphere about them as the cavernous space of the Royal Albert Hall is transformed into an intimate chamber space. Alina begins her Proms season with the unmissable chance to hear her play the complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin by JS Bach across two late evening recitals at the RAH.
Visiting from Cleveland is the baroque ensemble Apollo's Fire, and Alina joins them in Cadogan Hall for a Chamber Prom including concerti by Bach and Vivaldi. In late August, Alina will also be on tour in Europe with the Bergen Philharmonic; their London concert as part of the Proms season sees her as the soloist in Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in Eminor.
Full details of concerts and tickets can be found on the Proms website or via the published Proms Guide.
BBC Music Magazine Awards 2014
Alina’s recording of the Prokofiev sonatas has been nominated for the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2014 in the chamber music category. The recording, with pianist Steven Osborne was released in July 2014 and immediately received 5* reviews from the international press. The nominees have been selected by a specialist judging panel who commented: Alina Ibragimova’s probing music intelligence and Steven Osborne’s protean muscularity yield the dream team for a pair of war-time sonatas that couldn’t be more different. From the First Sonata’s confiding whispers to the exuberant panache of the Sonata No. 2’s Finale they take everything in their peerless stride. Revelatory.'
The Awards are decided by public vote so register and vote for your favourite here now! Voting is quick, free and open until 28 February.
Alina saw in the New Year from the beautiful town of Bamberg, where she was the soloist for the Bamberger Philharmoniker’s ‘Sylvester’ Concert, conducted by Robin Ticciati.
Alina is now looking forward to being able to spend some time in the UK, taking advantage of the unusual fact that all of her upcoming performances in January are here. She joins the other members of Chiaroscuro at Stamford Arts Centre, and then teams up once again with Cédric Tiberghien for the second instalment of their momentous Mozart project, which includes a special performance at Wigmore Hall on Mozart’s birthday.
Finally, please take a moment to read The Arts Desk ‘Best of 2014, which highlighted one of Alina’s previous Wigmore performances ( this time with Steven Osborne) as one of the top 10 classical concerts of the year
Next week sees Alina travel to the US for the first of several visits this season. Making her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Alina will give 3 performances of Mozart’s Violin Concerto no. 4 K218, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.
The new season is already well under way! Alina is currently halfway through her tour to India where she is performing two complete Beethoven sonata cycles in Pune and Mumbai with regular duet partner, Cédric Tiberghien. Alina will round off this tour with a performance of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Symphony Orchestra of India before returning to the UK.
Alina and Cédric will then embark on their next big duo project; over the coming two seasons they will record and perform all of Mozart’s Violin Sonatas. The recordings will add to their already highly successful discography for Hyperion, and concerts will be at various venues and Festivals around the UK and Europe including a series of five concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall as part of ‘The Mozart Odyssey’, an indepth celebration of Mozart’s chamber works.
This immense undertaking begins next week with concerts in Norwich and Lyddington before the first of the Wigmore Hall performances at the end of September. Please see the concert listings for details.
Alina has been nominated for Gramophone's Artist of the Year 2014! Click here to register your vote before 22nd July.
Alina's recording of the Prokofiev violin Sonatas was selected as BBC Radio 3's Record of the Week on CD Review (21 June). Listen again here until the end of the week, when the disc itself is released!
Alina has spent an intense few weeks focussing on the six solo violin sonatas of Ysaÿe. She gave 2 performances of the complete set in Japan, returning to give a number of recitals around the UK. This included one at the Royal College of Music in London, which was preceded by Alina taking a masterclass with a group of RCM students. Click here to read a review of the concert.
Alina then headed for Monmouth for several days of recording sessions as the complete sonatas of Ysaÿe will form a future release for Hyperion Records.
In the meantime, Alina’s next London appearance will be at Wigmore Hall, where she is joined by pianist Steven Osborne. This concert marks the release of Alina’s next CD which features the works of Prokofiev and is Hyperion’s Record of the Month for July.
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.