Alina Ibragimova, violin and
Cédric Tiberghien, piano

Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

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Violinist Alina Ibragimova playing Bach on The Culture Show


MOZART: Sonata in G Major, KV 301
CAGE: Six Melodies
MOZART: Sonata in E minor, KV 304
WEBERN: Four Pieces, Opus 7
BEETHOVEN: Sonata No. 9 “Kreutzer”

About This Performance

This recital brings a program that typifies “the freshness, intellectual penetration and exhilarating sense of shared music-making” (Hi Fi Magazine) of one of today’s remarkable duos. Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova was identified early in her career by The Times of London as “destined to be a force in the classical music firmament for decades to come.” Her partnership with French pianist Cédric Tiberghien highlights their objective “…to engross and beguile rather than merely to dazzle.” –The New York Times.

Artist Biography

The Times (UK) has written that violinist Alina Ibragimova performs with “a mixture of total abandonment and total control that is in no way contradictory” and that she is “destined to be a force in the classical music firmament for decades to come”.

Performing music from baroque to new commissions on both modern and period instruments, Alina Ibragimova has appeared with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony, the Hallé, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Philharmonia, and all the BBC orchestras.   Conductors with whom Ibragimova has worked include Sir Charles Mackerras, Valery Gergiev, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Mark Elder, Paavo Järvi, Vladimir Jurowski, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Philippe Herreweghe, Richard Hickox, Osmo Vänskä, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Tugan Sokhiev, Edward Gardner and Gianandrea Noseda.   As soloist/director Ibragimova has toured with the Kremerata Baltica, Britten Sinfonia, Academy of Ancient Music, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.   In solo recitals, chamber music concerts, and with regular recital partner, pianist Cédric Tiberghien, Alina Ibragimova has appeared at venues including Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw, the Mozarteum, the Musikverein, Carnegie Hall, Palais des Beaux Arts, for the Vancouver Recital Series, and at festivals including Salzburg, Verbier, MDR Musiksommer, Manchester International, Lockenhaus and Aldeburgh.   This season, in North America, Ibragimova appears with Thierry Fischer and the Utah Symphony, playing Prokovief Concerto No. 1, and returns to the Seattle Symphony for the Beethoven Violin Concerto with Jakob Hrusa.  She plays recital dates with Cédric Tiberghien at Shriver Hall and in New York City at Lincoln Center.   Past North American performances include solo recitals for San Francisco Performances and Middlebury College, the Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 with Jun Märkl and the Indianapolis Symphony and the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 with Christian Knapp and the Seattle Symphony.  Ibragimova made her New York City recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, with Cédric Tiberghien.   Born in Russia in 1985, Ibragimova 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, and was a member of the Kronberg Academy Masters programme. Ibragimova’s teachers have included Natasha Boyarsky, Gordan Nikolitch and Christian Tetzlaff.   On the Hyperion label, Ibragimova has recorded the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas, concertos by Hartmann and Roslavets, and Ravel and Szymanowski works for piano and violin with Cédric Tiberghien, with whom she also recorded an acclaimed traversal of the Beethoven Violin Sonatas on the Wigmore Hall Live label. Her latest release is an October 2012 disc featuring Mendelssohn’s Violin Concertos (both the E Minor and the early D Minor), with Vladimir Jurowski and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.   Alina Ibragimova has been the recipient of awards including the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award 2010, Borletti-Buitoni Trust and a Classical BRIT, and was a member of the BBC New Generation Artists Scheme 2005-7. She performs on a c.1775 Anselmo Bellosio violin kindly provided by Georg von Opel.

Cédric Tiberghien’s flourishing international career sees him performing across five continents in some of the world’s most prestigious halls, including, most recently, 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.

His recent debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, performing Ravel’s Concerto in G at Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall attracted unanimous acclaim from the press.  The New York Times stated that “the highlight was a fresh and dazzling account of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, with the brilliant French pianist Cédric Tiberghien, who played with rich, rounded tone in the lyrical stretches and fleet, crisp articulation in the spiraling, jazzy, virtuosic passages”. The Boston Globe saluted a “very impressive BSO debut. He showed a flair for interpretive risk (…) Tiberghien alternated between a sizable, almost declamatory sound and an ethereal stage whisper.” Highlights for season 2012–13 and beyond include debuts with the Seattle Symphony (Morlot), Cincinnati Symphony (Langrée), Rotterdam Philharmonic (Nézet-Séguin), City of Birmingham Symphony (Gardner), Brussels Philharmonic (Otaka), Orchestre National de Belgique (Aadland), Bremer Philharmoniker (Grams) as well as return engagements with the Orchestre National de France (Morlot), Seoul Philharmonic (Asian premiere of a new piano concerto by Tristan Murail), Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Arnhem Philharmonic (Sieghart), and a complete Beethoven concerto cycle with the Orchestre National d’Ile de France (Mazzola).

Recital plans include several projects at the Wigmore Hall’s prestigious Master Series in London, debuts in Rome (Accademia Filarmonica), as well as return appearances in London’s International Piano Series, Tokyo’s Bunka Kaikan Hall and in Summer festivals throughout Europe.

Cédric Tiberghien’s most recent CD release features César Franck’s Symphonic Variations and Les Djinns, with the Liege Philharmonic conducted by François-Xavier Roth (Cyprès, April 2011). His discography also includes 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. This propelled on his international career, leading to over 150 engagements worldwide, including 7 visits to Japan and showcase appearances throughout Europe.

With over 60 concertos in his repertoire, Cédric Tiberghien has appeared with some of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Washington National Symphony, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Hallé Orchestra, Philharmonique de Radio-France, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Sydney Symphony, Tokyo Philarmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Gelders Orkest, Stuttgart Staatsorchester, Hamburger Philharmoniker and Dresden Philharmonic. His conductor collaborations include Christoph Eschenbach, Jiri Belohlavek, Lionel Bringuier, Robin Ticciati, Simone Young, Myung-Whun Chung, Kurt Masur, Ivan Fischer, Leif Segerstam, Louis Langrée, Yutaka Sado, and Jerzy Semkow among many others.

Cédric Tiberghien is also a dedicated chamber musician, with regular partners including violinist Alina Ibragimova, soprano Sophie Karthäuser and cellist Pieter Wispelwey. His passion for chamber music is reflected in numerous recordings—most recently a disc of  songs with texts by Verlain, a Ravel/Lekeu disc (Hyperion), the complete works for violin and piano by Szymanowski (Hyperion), and the complete Beethoven violin sonatas (Wigmore Live).


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