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Celebrated young violinist performs music of Bach on November 12

November 3, 2009

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. ? Highly acclaimed violinist and rising star Alina Ibragimova will perform in the Concert Hall of the Kevin P. Mahaney '84 Center for the Arts at Middlebury College on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. The evening's program includes Bach's second partita - including the Chaconne - as well as the third partita and Bach's first two sonatas.

Born in Russia in 1985, Ibragimova is a former pupil of the Moscow Gnesin and Yehudi Menuhin schools, and the Royal College of Music London. Her teachers have included Natasha Boyarsky, Gordan Nikolitch, Christian Tetzlaff and Adrian Butterfield for baroque and classical violin.

Performing music from baroque to new commissions, Ibragimova's recent engagements have included her BBC debut with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Ligeti violin concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Edward Gardner at the Barbican, and a televised opening of the German Musiksommer Festival. She has worked with conductors including Sir Charles Mackerras, Richard Hickox, Walter Weller, Osmo Vänskä, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jac van Steen and Gianandrea Noseda.

A music critic for the Times of London has written that Ibragimova is "destined to be a force in the classical music firmament for decades to come."

As soloist, she has performed with the Kremerata Baltica in Paris, Salzburg and Verbier, and has toured with the Britten Sinfonia and Australian Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared in recital and chamber music at the Wigmore Hall London, Musée du Louvre Paris, on NHK Television Japan, and at festivals including Salzburg, Verbier, City of London, Lockenhaus, Heimbach, and Aldeburgh.

She records for Hyperion, and her recording of the Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, released in October 2009, earned high acclaim throughout the industry. This recording will be available for sale at her Middlebury performance.

The performance is sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved seating tickets are $24. For more information or tickets, contact the Middlebury College Box Office at 802-443-6433 or