Alina Ibragimova & Cédric Tiberghien violin and piano duo

Biography

Cédric Tiberghien and Alina Ibragimova first met as members of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme in 2005. Immediately finding a rare musical and personal rapport, they performed together in a number of studio sessions and in concerts at the Wigmore Hall and at festivals around the UK. The unique partnership which developed between the two artists was picked up by ‘The Times’ who concluded its review of Cédric and Alina’s final recital as part of New Generation Artists, at the 2007 Cheltenham Festival, by commenting “Both of these players have the potential to conquer the world”.

The duo have gone on to perform throughout Europe and in North America, appearing in venues including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam,  Theatre des Champs Elysées in Paris, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid,  Carnegie Hall in New York, the Vancouver Recital Society and the San Francisco Performance series as well as a major tours of Australia and Asia. The duo is also a regular guest of the Wigmore Hall in London, where it presented an acclaimed complete cycle of the Beethoven violin sonatas in the 2009/10 season. This was followed in 2015-16 by a series of 5 concerts as part of the Hall’s ‘The Mozart Odyssey’ series which saw them perform the complete sonatas for Violin and Piano by W A Mozart. 

Cédric and Alina’s Beethoven cycle was recorded for a three-volume release on the ‘Wigmore Live’ label, attracting unanimous praise from the press. International Record Review gave each volume its “IRR Outstanding Recording” award, commenting that “In every way, it proves an extraordinary achievement”. The Times was equally enthusiastic: “Spontaneous, impulsive, young and fresh, the violinist Ibragimova and the pianist Tiberghien make an electrifying partnership”.The duo’s other recordings are all available on Hyperion: its first release on the label featured the complete works by Szymanowski (2009), and was followed by a disc with Ravel’s complete works coupled with Lekeu’s Violin Sonata (2011) and the complete works by Schubert (2013). Their most recent recordings are volumes 1 and 2 (of 5) of the complete sonatas for violin and keyboard by Mozart which have again proved hugely popular with critics and audiences alike, with volume 1 selected as Editors’ Choice in Gramophone: "it would be hard to imagine more persuasive performances than we have here from the ever-rewarding Tiberghien-Ibragimova duo."

Both Cédric and Alina enjoy flourishing careers as soloists, appearing with many of the world’s leading orchestras and as solo recitalists in some the most distinguished venues and festivals on the circuit.


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Faena Forum, Miami

BACH: Violin Sonata No. 4 in Cm BWV1017

BERG: Piano Sonata op.1
BRAHMS: Violin Sonata no.2 in A op100
YSAYE: Sonata for violin No.5 in G
SCHUMANN: Violin Sonata no. 2 in Dm Op121

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Mozart

Sonatas for violin and piano, Vol.1

Hyperion

"it would be hard to imagine more persuasive performances than we have here from the ever-rewarding Tiberghien-Ibragimova duo."

Editors Choice, Gramophone Magazine, May 2016
"...they respond to the enhanced emotional range of NO. 27 K379 and No33 K.481 with such graceful sensitivity that and micro-inflected insight that at the point of contact it is difficult to imagine them better played."  BBC Music Magazine, June 2016

Mozart

A Mozart Odyssey, part III

Wigmore Hall

"These are all works conceived for keyboard with violin accompaniment, as opposed to the other way round; and, notably in the first movement of the C major, K296, Tiberghien had no hesitation in taking the lead. Indeed, his playing continuously compelled attention. Somehow reinventing the Steinway concert grand as an authentically Mozartian instrument, he dazzled us with fingerwork flawlessly precise, ultra-energised and stylishly articulate. Allied to Ibragimova’s imaginative, fine-spun phrases, it ensured that even the youngster’s excursions were uncommonly captivating." The Sunday Times

Mozart

Recital, April 2015

Cite de la Muisque, Strasbourg

"Tiberghien et Ibragmiova portent sur ces deux partitions un regard tendre autant qu'une attention renouvelée dans l'interpretation.
Le duo invesit enfin l'extraordinaire vitalitédes deux sonates placées au centre du récital. La K296 triomphe par son enthousiasme effréné dans l'allegro vivace...puis dans un andate extériorisé pris dans une seule respiration...simplement jubilatoire."  Les Derniers Nouvelles d'Alsace

Schubert

Complete works for violin and piano

Hyperion

"performances which it is hard to imagine ever being bettered"  BBC Music Magazine, September 2013
" The wise judgement of scale and perspective is a conspicuous feature of their playing here."
"Ibragimova and Tiberghien encompass the music with exhilarating flair bu, as in the earlier works, with a keen stylistic ear"
Daily Telegraph, July 2013
"lyrically poised and intimately dynamic"  Scotsman, July 2013
" An unbeatable dream-team... a stunning set of performances that look set to become the yardstick against which others will invariably be judged." Sinfinimusic. August 2013

Schubert

Recital, Feb 2013

Barber Institute

“From its gently murmuring opening to the virtuosity of the concluding Presto this was an undoubtedly stunning performance, not only for the brilliance of Ibragimova’s bowing and stupendous finger work, and Tiberghien’s immaculately manicured passage-work, but its breathtaking clarity of texture and musical integrity, with every note and phrase perfectly judged and proportioned”.

Birmingham Post

Ravel, Lekeu

Complete works for violin and piano

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"Tiberghien and Ibragimova certainly don’t hold back from sweeping intensity but they still retain a measure of objectivity, finding places to relax and never pushing the expression beyond what sounds beautiful. In the “Blues” movement [of the Ravel G major Sonata], this produces startling results; the details are wonderfully idiomatic, yet the playing is initially so refined that when the music later breaks out of its shell, the contrast is extraordinary. The effect of Tzigane is similar; precision in capturing the idiom, allied to vivid juxtapositions of power and delicacy. It all adds up to a must-hear recital." 

Gramophone, Sept 2011

Beethoven

Sonatas for violin and piano volume 2

Recorded live at Wigmore Hall

"In Beethoven's final violin sonata, the G major Op 96, both violinist and pianist understand the music's laconic, conversational style perfectly, realising how much can be implied by so little and how it demands a true blending of musical voices, with neither player dominating the other. It's beautifully judged, like all the performances here" The Guardian, 20 Jan 2011

Brahms

Recital, Oct 2010

Melbourne Recital Hall

“If ever there was a case for reviving the art of the recital, Alina Ibragimova and Cedric Tiberghien are it. The fragmentary gestures in the violin part were strung together into a gush of emotion, punctuated and prompted, with infinite delicacy, by the piano, until the two became one”. The Age, Oct 2013

Beethoven

Sonatas for violin and piano Volume 1

Recorded live at Wigmore Hall

 ‘The partnership here of Ibragimova and Tiberghien is a rare meeting of minds. Both understand that each has an equal part to play in this music. Both make sounds that are unfailingly beautiful and, equally important, clean and clear. Both recognise that Beethoven was a disruptive revolutionary even in his twenties. These sure-footed yet spontaneous-sounding readings of the D major sonata, Op 12, No 1 (published in 1799), the strangely inconclusive A minor, Op 23 (1801), the G major, Op 30, No 3, with its remarkable harmonic tour around the houses, and the suitably dark-hued C minor, Op 30, No 2 (both 1803), emphasise the contrasts, asymmetries and points of poetic repose.’


The Times, 25 April 2010

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