The brilliant Alina Ibragimova to direct emotionally-charged Death and the Maiden tour with the ACO
Internationally acclaimed violinist Alina Ibragimova has been invited by the Australian Chamber Orchestra to direct a brand new program called Death and the Maiden in March. The Russian-born, UK-based artist will also perform with the emotive and electrifying intensity fans have grown to know and love.
Ibragimova is a rising star, known for her brilliant imagination, intellect and technique. She says, “The idea behind this program is often quite dark. It’s death, it’s loss, but I think there is also hope. In Schubert’s Death and the Maiden quartet, you have both sadness and happiness, sometimes within the same note. It’s very tender and touching music.”
The program will feature Barber’s universally adored Adagio for Strings, which was famously used to soundtrack Oliver Stone’s Platoon, along with Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Concerto funebre, written in response to the horrors of the Second World War (formerly known as Music of Mourning). The program climaxes with Schubert’s darkly romantic Death and the Maiden, arranged for string orchestra.
Ibragimova last toured with the ACO in 2008 and no doubt Australian audiences will receive her directorship and performance with open arms.
Ibragimova has performed with many of the world’s major orchestras, including the London Symphony, Boston Symphony and Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and as a recitalist has appeared at venues including Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Salzburg Mozarteum, Vienna’s Musikverein and Carnegie Hall.
Born in the city of Ekaterinburg, Russia, Ibragimova grew up surrounded by music. She studied at a state music college before moving to London at the age of ten. Her father was the Principal Double Bass player at the London Symphony Orchestra, and her mother worked as a violin professor at the Menuhin School of Music where Ibragimova later became a student.
Despite living in the UK for so many years, Ibragimova still feels a deep affection with her Russian heritage.
“I make it a rule to alternate English and Russian novels, so I don’t lose touch with the language,” Ibragimova told The Telegraph, UK. “I definitely feel my roots are still [in Russia]. My heart or my soul... whatever you call it... is still Russian.”