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Alina Ibragimova performs Schumann's Violin Concerto on 80th anniversary of the piece's UK premiere

Violinist Alina Ibragimova joins Royal Northern Sinfonia on Friday to perform the final concert in the orchestra’s ‘More Mendelssohn Please’ series.

The 32-year-old has established a reputation as one of the most accomplished and intriguing violinists of the younger generation.

She will perform Schumann’s enigmatic Violin Concerto in D minor at Sage Gateshead in Sage One at 7.30pm – exactly 80 years since the piece’s UK premiere on 16 February 1938.

The series will conclude under the baton of Clemens Schuldt, who will conduct Mendelssohn’s ‘Reformation’ symphony as well as J C Bach’s Symphony in G minor and Arvo Pärt’s unique If Bach had been a Beekeeper.

The concert is part of Royal Northern Sinfonia’s main At Home series and is the last of six concerts entitled More Mendelssohn Please the first complete cycle of Mendelssohn’s symphonies performed by the orchestra.

Born in Russia in 1985 Alina studied at the Moscow Gnesin School before moving with her family to the UK in 1995 where she studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Royal College of Music.

She has gone on to receive the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artists Award, the Classical BRIT Young Performer of the Year Award and was a member of the BBC New Generation Artists Scheme 2005-07. She was made an MBE in the 2016 New Year Honours List.

Alina has performed at the 2015 BBC Proms, Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and Carnegie Hall, and with the Boston Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and London Philharmonic.

What the critics have said about Alina Ibragimova:
“An utterly compelling musician” The Guardian
“An established star who’s outsoared them all” The Telegraph
“A masterful performance” Performing Arts Hub
“Faultlessly elegant playing” Boston Globe

Tickets start at £13 and are available to book online here or from ticket office on 0191 443 4661.

Free tickets are available for people in Gateshead who have never been to a classical concert before and £5 tickets are available in advance for people aged 17 and under unemployed (terms and conditions apply). Find out more here.

Buses to the concert run from Alnwick and Hexham for just £8 return.