Alina IbragimovaViolin
Cédric TiberghienPiano

Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien

Monday, April 3, 2017 | 7:30pm

Herbst TheatreVenue Information



BACH: Violin Sonata No. 4 in C minor, BWV 1017
BERG: Piano Sonata, Op. 1
BRAHMS: Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 100
YSAŸE: Solo Violin Sonata No. 5 in G Major, Op. 27
SCHUMANN: Violin Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 121


SCHUMANN: Abendlied, Op. 85, No. 12

About This Performance

This “electrifying partnership” of virtuosic equals elevates this duo recital into the realm of chamber music art. Alina Ibragimova and Cedric Tiberghien’s decade-long collaboration has already left its mark in many acclaimed recordings as well as in surveys of the complete Beethoven and Mozart Sonatas at London’s Wigmore Hall. A beautifully crafted program offers a glimpse of the individual voices that characterizes this distinctive musical dialogue.

“Ibragimova brings a ferocious technique, but more importantly, a chameleon touch to the music of extraordinary expressive breadth.”

—London Times

“Tiberghien’s technique is formidable, but it’s his intensity and poetic impulsiveness that catch the ear.”

—Boston Globe

Performer Biographies

Performing music from baroque to new commissions on both modern and period instruments, Alina Ibragimova has established a reputation as one of the most accomplished and intriguing violinists of the younger generation. This was illustrated in her prominent presence at the 2015 BBC Proms, which included a concerto with a symphony orchestra, a concerto with a baroque ensemble and two Royal Albert Hall late-night recitals featuring the complete Bach partitas and sonatas, which commanded capacity audiences, and for which The Guardian commented “The immediacy and honesty of Ibragimova’s playing has the curious ability to collapse any sense of distance between performer and listener”.

Highlights among future concerto engagements include debuts with the Boston Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Hungarian National Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony, returns with the London Symphony, BBC Symphony, residencies with the Strasbourg Philharmonic and at the Casa della Musica in Porto, as well as extensive touring in Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Tasmania symphony orchestras).

As a recitalist, Alina has appeared at venues including the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Salzburg Mozarteum, Vienna’s Musikverein, Park Avenue Armory in New York, Carnegie Hall, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Vancouver Recital Series, San Francisco Performances, and at festivals including Salzburg, Verbier, Gstaad, MDR Musiksommer, Manchester International, Lockenhaus, Lucerne, Mostly Mozart New York and Aldeburgh.

Her long-standing duo partnership with pianist Cédric Tiberghien has featured a highly successful complete cycle of both the Beethoven and Mozart violin sonatas at the Wigmore Hall. Future plans for the duo also include extensive touring in Japan and North America.

Over the years, Alina has appeared with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Orquestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Seattle Symphony, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Philharmonia, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and all the BBC orchestras. Conductors with whom Alina has worked include Bernard Haitink, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Valery Gergiev, Paavo Järvi, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vladimir Jurowski, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Mark Elder, Philippe Herreweghe, Osmo Vänskä, Hannu Lintu, Sakari Oramo, Ilan Volkov, Tugan Sokhiev, Jakub Hrusa, Ludovic Morlot, Edward Gardner and Gianandrea Noseda.

As soloist/director Alina has toured with the Kremerata Baltica, Britten Sinfonia, Academy of Ancient Music, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Born in Russia in 1985 Alina 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. She was also a member of the Kronberg Academy Masters programme. Alina’s teachers have included Natasha Boyarsky, Gordan Nikolitch and Christian Tetzlaff. 

Alina has been the recipient of awards including the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award 2010, the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award 2008, the Classical BRIT Young Performer of the Year Award 2009 and was a member of the BBC New Generation Artists Scheme 2005–07. She was made an MBE in the 2016 New Year Honours List. Alina records for Hyperion Records and performs on a c.1775 Anselmo Bellosio violin generously provided by Georg von Opel.

Cédric Tiberghien’s flourishing international career spans five continents taking him to some of the world’s most prestigious halls, including, most recently, Carnegie Hall, 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.

Highlights of the coming seasons include debuts with the London Symphony Orchestra and Opera di Roma Orchestra, return projects with the Orchestra of La Monnaie in Brussels,  Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Auckland Philharmonia, Tasmania Symphony, an extensive residency with the Orchestre de Bretagne, and the continuation of his complete Beethoven concerto cycle with Enrique Mazzola and the Orchestre National d’Ile de France in Paris.

Recital plans include a major focus on Bartok’s music at London’s Wigmore Hall, debuts at the Konzerthaus in Vienna and the Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, and a return to the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris.

Cédric Tiberghien’s most recent recital disc released on Hyperion (April 2016) is the first in a 3 volume exploration of Bartok’s solo piano works and has been met with critical enthusiasm;

“He never overplays, yet there’s ample dynamic variety, scrupulous attention to articulation and plenty of rhythmic verve. Tiberghien combines intellectual objectivity with a strong sense of Bartók’s deeply rooted kinaesethetic impulse and essential earthiness.” (Gramophone, April 2016)

His discography also includes Szymanowksi Etudes and Masques, César Franck’s Symphonic Variations and Les Djinns, with the Liege Philharmonic conducted by François-Xavier Roth, 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.

With over 60 concertos in his repertoire, Cédric Tiberghien has appeared with some of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Washington National Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Hamburger Philharmoniker, Dresden Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Philharmonique de Radio-France, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Sydney Symphony, Tokyo Philarmonic and New Japan Philharmonic. His conductor collaborations include Christoph Eschenbach, Jiri Belohlavek, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Simone Young, Myung-Whun Chung, Kurt Masur, Ivan Fischer, Jeffrey Tate, Louis Langrée, Ludovic Morlot, Stephane Deneve and Enrique Mazzola.

Cédric Tiberghien is also a dedicated chamber musician, with regular partners including violinist Alina Ibragimova, violist Antoine Tamestit and cellist Pieter Wispelwey. His passion for chamber music is reflected in numerous recordings: his discography with Alina Ibragimova  includes Schubert (Hyperion), Ravel and Lekeu (Hyperion), Szymanowski (Hyperion), and the complete Beethoven violin sonatas (Wigmore Live). He also recently recorded a disc of French melodies with Sophie Karthauser (Cypres).

Alina Ibragimova & Cédric Tiberghien play Mozart Sonata K296