1988: Born
1988: Born

Turin, Italy

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1992: Started play violin
1992: Started play violin

Suzuki School in Aosta, Italy

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1994: Performing
1994: Performing

Torino Suzuki School Cuceglio, Italy

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1996: First time Vivaldi concerto
1996: First time Vivaldi concerto

Teatro Comunale Florence, Italy

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1998: First time string quartet
1998: First time string quartet

Aosta, Italy

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1997: First time Bach solo concerto
1997: First time Bach solo concerto

Aosta, Italy

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1998: Summer practice
1998: Summer practice

Arezzo, Italy

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2002: Serious practice
2002: Serious practice

Aosta, Italy

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2007: First time Vivaldi 4 Seasons
2007: First time Vivaldi 4 Seasons

Piedmont, Italy

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2014: Laureate of Competitions
2014: Laureate of Competitions

Vittorio Veneto Violin Competition, Italy

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2015: Winner of Respighi Prize
2015: Winner of Respighi Prize

New York, USA

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2016: Supporting Indian children
2016: Supporting Indian children

CIAO KIDS Foundation, India

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2016: Carnegie Hall Debut
2016: Carnegie Hall Debut

New York, USA

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2017: Paganini Escape Room
2017: Paganini Escape Room

Pully Sound Sound Festival, Switzerland

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2018: first time Mozart Sinfonia Concertante
2018: first time Mozart Sinfonia Concertante

Turin Cathedral, Italy

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2019: Back to Carnegie Hall
2019: Back to Carnegie Hall

New York, USA

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Italian violinist, Irene Abrigo started playing the violin at the age of 4 at the Aosta Suzuki School. She continued her education at the University of Arts in Switzerland and Austria with Marie-Annick Nicolas, Pierre Amoyal and Corina Belcea and took part in masterclasses with Zakhar Bron, Thomas Füri, Viktor Pikayzen, Itzhak Rashkovsky, Mayumi Seiler and Benjamin Schmid.

 

Winner of the 2015 Respighi Prize, 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 in Brazil the south America première of the Respighi’s Violin Concerto No.1 and she had her debut with the West Czech Symphony Orchestra in the Czech Republic, with the Mozart Violin Concerto No.5. Her performance of Vivaldi Four Seasons at Carnegie Hall in November 2019 received a standing ovation. She collaborates with living composers such as Xavier Dayer, Richard Dubugnon, David Philip Hefti, Heinz Holliger, Mischa Käser, Federico Mantovani, Daniel Schnyder, and premiered several pieces by them including the “Infal’s Songs” for solo violin by Antonmario Semolini (dedicated to her).

 

Deeply convinced about the social responsibility of art, Irene founded POURQUOIPAS in 2015, a non-profit association organizing concerts, masterclasses and projects with social commitments. Since young, Irene has been truly passionate about Niccolò Paganini, so she collaborated with POURQUOIPAS to create an educational experience titled "Niccolò Paganini: the mystery": a one-hour itinerary discovering truth and mysteries of the composer's life, that ended with a final concert.

 

Graduated at Liceo Classico “XXIV February” in Aosta, she had in 2008 her Diploma at the Turin Conservatoire, in 2011 her Master of Interpretation at the Geneva University of Arts, in 2015 the Degree in Art, Literature and Performance (DAMS) at the University of Turin with a thesis about Niccolò Paganini, and in 2018 she obtained the Pedagogy Master at the HKB, Bern University of Arts.

 

She is currently living in Winterthur, Switzerland, and playing a violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Milano 1758, generously on loan to her from a private collector.

 

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