Alina Pogostkina

Praised for her “deeply moving” performances (Hamburger Abendblatt), Alina Pogostkina was the winner of the 2005 International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in Helsinki. She performs at many of the world’s most renowned festivals and concert venues and has collaborated with conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Gustavo Dudamel, Sakari Oramo, David Zinman, Jonathan Nott, Paavo Järvi, Michael Sanderling, David Afkham, Robin Ticciati and Thomas Hengelbrock.

Highlights of the current season are return visits to Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin with Stéphane Denève, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Mikko Franck and BBC Philharmonic with John Storgårds. Festival appearances include concerts with WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln under the baton of Marek Janowski at Beethovenfest Bonn, with Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg at Salzburg Festival, with Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and Sakari Oramo at Mozartfest Würzburg, Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich and Tomáš Netopil at Grafenegg Festival and the opening concert of MDR Musiksommer with MDR Sinfonieorchester and Risto Joost. She will be on tour with the South Netherlands Philharmonic and Reinhard Goebel.

Recent concerts include débuts with Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Orchestre National de France and St Petersburg Philharmonic. She has also performed with orchestras including hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, the Hallé, Czech Philharmonic, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, as well as BBC Scottish, Cincinnati, NHK and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony orchestras.

Pogostkina performs frequently at festivals such as Schwetzinger Festival, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Bergen festivals, Beethovenfest Bonn, Festival d’Aix en Provence, Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Dresden Music Festival and Rheingau Musik Festival.

An ardent chamber musician, Pogostkina has worked with musicians such as Steven Isserlis, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Menahem Pressler, Christoph Eschenbach, Pekka Kuusisto, Maxim Rysanov, Jörg Widmann and Joshua Bell.

Appearing in numerous radio and television recordings and broadcasts, Pogostkina’s passion for contemporary music is evident in her highly acclaimed recording of Pēteris Vasks’ complete violin works, released in Spring 2012.

Born in St Petersburg, Pogostkina studied with Antje Weithaas at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin. She plays on the 1717 “Sasserno” violin of Antonio Stradivari, kindly provided by the Nippon Music Foundation.

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