Bach & the Russians

Alina Kobialka, violin
Vadim Gluzman, violin & leader


Violinist Alina Kobialka has been praised as a remarkable young soloist due to her beautiful tone, effortless precision, and musical maturity beyond her years. After her first guest solo appearance with orchestra at the age of ten, she has toured and performed with many ensembles, both nationally and internationally. The San Francisco Classical Voice described her as a “jaw-droppingly assured” soloist, who “made present and future converge.” The Las Vegas Review Journal wrote, “Watch for her name. She appears to be bound for greatness.”

At the age of 13, Alina won the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Concerto Competition and performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the orchestra. The following summer, she toured with them throughout Europe, performing in some of the continent’s most prestigious halls and festivals, including the Berlin Philharmonie and Rheingau Musik Festival.

A year later, Ms. Kobialka made her solo debut with the San Francisco Symphony at their 100th Anniversary Reunion Concert in Davies Symphony Hall and was featured live on the nationally acclaimed radio show NPR’s From the Top. Not long after, she took the grand prize at the 2012 Mondavi Center National Young Artists Competition, and made her Mondavi Center debut with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Kobialka has performed series of concerts at the Innsbrook Institute in Missouri, and the Aspen Music Festival. In 2014, she made her debut with the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Camellia Symphony, and her second solo appearance with the San Francisco Symphony. She was also featured on the morning show “Vegas Morning Blend” on ABC.

In November 2014, Alina performed with renowned violinist Laurent Korcia and the Colburn Academy Virtuosi Orchestra at the Colburn School’s inaugural Academy Guest Artist Series Concert, and soloed with the Kagawa International Intercultural Youth Orchestra in Japan. She began 2015 in Asia, where she performed with the Macau Youth Symphony for their New Years’ Concert and was featured on the “Macau Morning Show.” Other concerts include her debut with the California Symphony, and returning as a guest soloist with Symphony Parnassus for their 25th Anniversary Concert.

In 2016, Alina Kobialka returned as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, and made her performance debut at the Heifetz International Music Institute. She was awarded second prize at the 2017 inaugural Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition as the youngest competitor. That summer, Alina was also the youngest artist at the Marlboro Music Festival.

Recent notable concerts include Alina performing in the Shanghai International Arts Festival Gala Concert, and making her debut in the San Francisco Symphony’s SoundBox Concert Series. She also performed in Vadim Gluzman’s North Shore Chamber Festival in 2018. Future performances include a Marlboro National Tour in October 2019 and March 2020.

Alina is the winner of the Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg Foundation Scholarship of the 2018 Musician’s Club of Women Music Scholarship Auditions, the Evanston Music Club Competition, and a recipient of the 2018 Arkady Fomin Scholarship Fund. She is a Colburn Music Academy alumna. Her past teachers include Li Lin, Wei He, Danielle Belen, and Robert Lipsett, and she currently studies with Ilya Kaler at the Cleveland Institute of Music.