Irene Abrigo, Violin
Winner of the 2015 Respighi Prize 2015, Irene has made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2016 with the Chamber Orchestra of New York, performing the NY première of the violin concerto by Dirk Brossé "Black, White and in Between". In 2016 she also performed the South America première of Respighi's Violin Concerto No.1 in Brazil and also debuted with the West Czech Symphony Orchestra in Prague, performing the Mozart Violin Concerto No.5.
Born in Italy, violinist, Irene Abrigo started playing the violin at the age of 4 at the Aosta Suzuki School. She continued her education with Marie-Annick Nicolas, Pierre Amoyal and Corina Belcea. She had masterclasses with, among others, Thomas Furi, Itzhak Rashkovsky, Viktor Pikayzen, Samuel Ashkenazi, Vadim Gluzman, Ivry Gitlis and Zakar Bron among others. Deeply convinced about the social responsibility of the art, Irene founded in 2012 POURQUOIPAS, a musical and artistic project engaged in social purposes. After graduating from the Liceo Classico "XXIV February" in Aosta, in 2015 she earned her Degree in Art, Literature and Performance (DAMS) at the University of Turin with a thesis about Niccolò Paganini. She currently plays a violin built by Gaetano Antoniazzi in Milano in 1890.