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The violinist Alina Ibragimova was born in 1985 in Polevskoy, Russia (in the Urals) to Tatar parents who were musicians. She began learning the violin at the age of five at the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow. After the family moved to London in 1995, Ibra-
gimova continued her studies with Natalya Boyarskaya at the Yehudi Me-
nuhin School and with Gordan Nikolitch at the Royal College of Music; she additionally took lessons from Christian Tetzlaff at the Kronberg Academy. She won the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2008 and, in 2010, the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award. Ibragimova plays music spanning five centuries. She performs works by Biber, Bach, and Vivaldi on the Baroque violin, while the great violin concertos from the Classical and Romantic eras and the 20th century, as well as contemporary scores, also belong to her repertoire. She has concertized with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. In 2015 she performed a series of four concerts at the BBC Proms. Ibragimova made her debut with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2018, interpreting the Schumann Concerto under Robin Ticciati, and in the 2018-19 season she will appear for the first time with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam led by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski. Other conductors with whom Ibragimova has worked include Valery Gergiev, Philippe Herreweghe, Paavo Järvi, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Tugan Sokhiev. Her regular piano partner for recitals is the French musician Cédric Tiberghien, with whom she has performed the complete violin sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven. Alina Ibragimova plays a violin built by Anselmo Bellosio (circa 1775).
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 28 August 2014 in the Debut series, when she played works by Mozart, Szymanowski, and Beethoven, with Cédric Tiberghien accompanying at the piano.