March 15, 2023

Princeton University Concerts Presents Celebrated Duo

AN ANTICIPATED DEBUT: Delayed by the pandemic, star violinist Alina Ibragimova, left, appears with pianist Cedric Tiberghien at Richardson Auditorium on April 6 at 7:30 p.m.

U.K.-based violinist Alina Ibragimova is one of the few European violin stars to not have appeared on the Princeton University Concerts (PUC) series. Her recital debut, delayed for several years by the pandemic, will finally take place on Thursday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Richardson Auditorium, with pianist Cédric Tiberghien.

The duo has existed since 2005 when they were in their early 20s as BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists. At Princeton, they will perform Robert Schumann’s first two violin sonatas interspersed with Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Sonata in F Minor, Opus 4, which he wrote when he was just 14; and Anton Webern’s Four Pieces for Violin and Piano, Opus 7.

Ibragimova, who performs music from baroque to contemporary on both period and modern instruments, will first come to PUC on March 26 with her string quartet, the Chiaroscuro Quartet, which performs on gut-stringed instruments with historic bows. This performance will take place as part of the Performances Up Close series with audience seated on stage in hour-long concerts at 3 and 6 p.m.

“Alina Ibragimova is the epitome of a generous artist,” said PUC Director Marna Seltzer. “She is the ultimate collaborator, as evidenced by both her
appearances with PUC this season — with Chiaroscuro String Quartet on March 26 and with Cédric Tiberghien on April 6. PUC strives to present a wide array of chamber music experiences and I am so grateful to Alina for giving us the opportunity to experience her artistry in both duo and quartet formats. Her debut has been planned for a long time, and twice forestalled by the pandemic, so it is especially gratifying to have her with us twice this season.”

Tickets from $10-$40 are available at or by calling (609) 258-9220.