Alina Pogostkina / Violin

 About Alina Pogostkina one can only be enthusiastic: so young, so brilliant, so musical, perfect and at the same time so natural.”                                                                
 
                                                                                                                          Süddeutsche Zeitung, March 2007

The daughter of two professional violinists, Alina Pogostkina began playing the violin at the age of four and quickly showed herself to have exceptional talent. She gave her first concerts at the age of five. In 1992, the family moved to Heidelberg, Germany, where the eight-year-old Alina and her parents initially had to make a living as street musicians. Alina Pogostkina has competed with success in several international violin competitions. She won the 1997 Louis Spohr Competition and in 2005 she won first prize at the Ninth International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in Helsinki, as well as a special prize for the best interpretation of the Sibelius Violin Concerto. At the time of her victory in the Sibelius competition, Pogostkina was studying at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler in Berlin, where she was a student of Antje Weithaas. She currently lives in Berlin. Alina has performed with many of the world's major orchestras. At the time of the Sibelius competition she played a modern violin, but currently she plays a Stradivarius from Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.

Winner of the 2005 Sibelius Competition, Alina Pogostkina, has performed at some of the world’s most renowned festivals and concert venues. Pogostkina has collaborated with conductors such as Mikhail Pletnev, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Mark Elder,
and Paavo Järvi.

 

As a soloist, she has performed with orchestras such as the SWR Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, the Finnish Radio Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm, Hallé and Czech Philharmonic orchestras. Pogostkina has also appeared with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as well as the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras. Recent engagements include a tour of Japan with the NHK Symphony Orchestra and Jonathan Nott, and performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra with Gustavo Dudamel. Pogostkina’s great love of chamber music has led her to work with musicians such as Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Menahem Pressler, Christoph Eschenbach, Pekka Kuusisto, Maxim Rysanov and Joshua Bell. Current chamber music activities focus on performances with pianist Havard Gimse and trio recitals with clarinettist Reto Bieri and pianist Diana Ketler.

 

Numerous radio and television productions document her artistry. Her passion for contemporary music is evident in her recording of Peteris Vasks’ complete body of work for violin.

 

Born in St. Petersburg, Alina Pogostkina moved to Germany in 1992. She has won many important competitions, including the 1997 Louis Spohr Competition in Freiburg, where she was the youngest competitor. In 1999 she received the "Prix de l’espoire" of the Presidents of the European Council. In 2001 she was a prize-winner at the Concours Reine Elisabeth in Brussels and in 2002 of the International Violin Competition in Indianapolis, USA.