Russian-British violinist Alina Ibragimova was born into a musical family in Polevskoy in 1985, and relocated to London aged 10 when her father was appointed principal double bass of the London Symphony Orchestra, going on to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music (where she founded the Chiaroscuro Quartet, a period-instrument ensemble who have won acclaim for their recordings of Schubert and Haydn). Her teachers included Christian Tetzlaff and Gordon Nikolitch.
She signed to Hyperion in 2007, making her debut on the label with Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Concerto funèbre; the recording prompted The Times to describe her as ‘a scorchingly good violinist…marvellously sturdy and exact’. Subsequent recordings have included the complete Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven violin sonatas with Cédric Tiberghien, a Gramophone Awards-nominated recording of the Ysaÿe Sonatas, the Bach Violin Concertos with Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen, and the world premiere of Huw Watkins’s Violin Concerto on NMC.
Awards and honours include an MBE for services to music, and the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist Award in 2010. She is married to the British music journalist and broadcaster Tom Service.
Further Reading: Alina Ibragimova
The Russian violinist and French pianist bring a refreshing clarity and delicacy to two sonatas written for the Belgian composer-violinist Eugène Ysaÿe.
David listens to Alina Ibragimova's new collection of Mozart Violin Sonatas, accompanied by Cédric Tiberghien.