As an Italian violinist, currently living in Switzerland, Irene Abrigo is a cultured and talented musician. She intrigues people with her musical ability, captures them with her background and keeps them dedicated with her deep passion for life, music and helping others. She is well-traveled and extremely knowledgeable in music, art, literature, and charity. She gets her inspirations from other accomplished artists and learns the grace of creating and sharing such passionate music.
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Irene is extremely knowledgeable about the importance of maintaining a healthy body, mind, and soul. Her passions go beyond music, and she finds herself at peace while meditating and doing yoga. After an experience of 10 years being vegan, she is extremely aware and conscious cook when it comes to what products she is feeding her body with. Listening Irene's music one might ask where she finds her inspirations from. It's not a stretch to say that she's deeply connected to a quiet and comforting mind, nourished by focusing on her overall wellness and physical and mental health.
Although it may not come as a surprise to fans, because of her extensive travel log and empathetic music, Irene's heart also lives in the world of charity. Ever since young, helping others was a characteristic of her. So, in 2015, she founded her very own cultural association, POURQUOIPAS, where she uses music and education to help those who need it, though various events. Whether it is working with UN Refugees or building schools in India, Irene brings her open heart and charity with her everywhere. Her passion for charity has taken her to many different parts of the world, where she was able to meet people from all walks of life, and because of these experiences, Irene's soul continues to be awakened and inspired and shown through her music.
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 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 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. She collaborates with living composers such as Xavier Dayer, Richard Dubugnon, David Philip Hefti, Heinz Holliger, Mischa Käser, Federico Mantovani, and premiered several pieces 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 much so that she has his signature tattooed on her body and owns an original letter from him, dated 1831) 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.