Alina Ibragimova (5 December)
Like several other visitors to Putney Music this season, Alina Ibragimova grew up in an intensely musical family. Her mother is a Professor of Violin at the Yehudi Menuhin School, and her father became principal double bass of the London Symphony Orchestra when the family moved from Alina’s native Russian town of Polevskoy in 1996 when she was ten. She began playing the violin when she was four, beginning her studies at Moscow’s Gnessin State Music College a year later with Valentina Korolkova, followed by tuition under Natasha Boyarskaya at the Menuhin School. It was while she was here that she performed Bach’s Double Violin Concerto with her friend Nicola Benedetti under the baton of Yehudi Menuhin.
Studies at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama followed, and she was one of Radio 3’s New Generation Artists from 2005-2007.
Since this time, her career, both in the UK and internationally, has been a highly active one. Conductors with whom she has worked include Sir Charles Mackerras, Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Jurowski (who opens Putney Music’s 2016-17 season on 19 September), Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Paavo Jarvi, Richard Hickox, Ilan Volkov and Osmo Vanska.
She is enviably at home in the recording studio. Her discography for Hyperion includes violin concertos by Mendelssohn (with Jurowski), J.S.Bach, Hartmann and Roslavets, while among her recordings of recital repertoire with her regular duo partner Cedric Tiberghien are the complete Beethoven and Mozart sonatas (the latter in the process of being released) and sonatas by Szymanowski, Ravel and Lekeu. She has recorded the Prokofiev sonatas with Steven Osborne and the complete sonatas and partitas of Bach, which she played to high acclaim at the 2015 Proms. Her string quartet, Chiaroscuro, which specialises in playing on period instruments, has already made several recordings.
Awards include the Royal Philharmonic’s Young Artist Award in 2010 and an MBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List. Relaxation and mental serenity are provided by yoga, and she has been learning Japanese. She is married to the critic and broadcaster Tom Service.