Exciting violinist plays at cathedral

Alina Ibragimova
Alina Ibragimova

Virtuoso violinist Alina Ibragimova returns to Sheffield this Saturday, giving a solo recital at the Cathedral Church of St Marie.

After a memorable sell-out concert last autumn with the Chiaroscuro Quartet, Sheffield promoters Music in the Round welcome Ibragimova back to the city to perform a programme of transfixing music written for the single performer by Bach and Yasaÿe.

Hailed as one of the younger generation’s most accomplished and captivating violinists, Alina Ibragimova announced herself as a major talent by winning the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award 2010, the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award 2008 and the Classical BRIT Young Performer of the Year Award 2009.

She was chosen to play a leading role in the 2015 BBC Proms, performing across the line-up including two sold out late-night recitals at the Royal Albert Hall, reaching a television and radio audience of millions.

In those recitals Ibragimova gave a thrilling performance of Bach’s sonatas and partitas, two of which, the Sonata No. 3 and Partita No 3, are reprised at this Saturday’s concert.

Those pieces gave inspiration to Belgian violin virtuoso Eugène Ysaÿe, whose own violin sonatas make up the rest of the programme.

They were composed 200 years later than Bach’s in an attempt to explore and revive the form, resulting in compelling, profound works in their own right.

The juxtaposition of Bach and Ysaÿe’s profound music promises to be a rare treat, performed by one of the world’s most talented violinists in an intimate setting.

For more information and ticket details, visit Music in the Round