Russian virtuoso shortlisted for UK Classical ‘Grammy’

Her outstanding talent has once again been acknowledged by the classical music community: Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova has made it to the shortlist of 45 finalists of the British Gramophone Classical Music Awards.

­Thousands of recordings are reviewed annually by the jury of the prestigious British award with only a tiny proportion being nominated for the prize.

The Gramophone jury nominated Alina Ibragimova in the chamber music category for her recording of Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas with the French pianist, Cedric Tiberghien.

The Russian musician was born into the family of bass viol player Rinat Ibragimov. His daughter’s romance with the violin began when she was only four years old. Aged six, Alina Ibragimova was already performing on the stage of Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater.

Her father was offered a position with the London Symphony Orchestra when Alina was just 11 years old, and her family fled their home in a poor mining town in the Russian Urals and moved to the UK. There Ibragimova studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and went on to pursue her dream of getting the best musical education at the Royal College of Music.

Her exceptional musical skills were soon rewarded. In 2009, Alina Ibragimova was winner of Classical BRIT Awards and in 2010 she became youngest person to win the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Emily Anderson Prize.

The winners of 2011’s Gramophone Classical Music Awards, including the prestigious Recording of the Year, will be revealed on October 6 at London’s Dorchester Hotel.

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