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JUNE 2024

Closing Besançon Festival La Via Musica 

Irene is replacing 1st violin Bogdan Bozovic leading the WSQ - Winterthur String Quartet and baroque wind players for the closing concert of the first part of La Via Musica Festival in Besançon. On the program, the 29th Symphony from Mozart as well as Piano concertos K449 and K450 with forte-pianist and conductor Arthur Schoonderwoert playing on an original instrument from 18th century. For the first time in 100 years of the WSQ, a woman will lead the group as 1st violin. For this project the WSQ plays on original Jacobus Stainer instruments (1750 - 90) and gut strings.

MAY 2024

"A fascinating play of emotions magnificently performed"

Read the great critic published on the Aargauer Zeitung about the 2024 Pfingstfestival Schloss Brunegg with focus on the two opening concerts featuring the world première of the duo for violin and viola "Love Letters" by Alfred Felder, performed by Irene and violist Jürg Dähler.


MAY 2024

World première at Pfingstfestival Schloss Brunegg

On the 17th of May Irene will perform a world première of the duo for violin and viola "Love Letters" written by Alfred Felder for the Pfingstfestival and dedicated to her and violist Jürg Dähler.

MARCH 2024

Bach Three Partitas

Irene will debut the Three partitas of Bach in one concert for the Facettenkonzerte at the Konservatorium Winterthur.


IG Live interview with violin teacher Eleonora Umidon

Irene converses with Eleonora about the violin pedagogy and life lessons from learning a musical instrument.

Re-watch here.



Interview on Radio Rai 3 Valle d'Aosta

Nathalie Drogato and "La Grolla del tempo" welcomes Irene in the Italian Radio for an interview about her career. The episode will be broadcasted (in Italian) on December 22nd at 13h35.


IG Live interview with Dott.ssa Silvia Bontempi

A conversation about resilience, discipline, passion and psychological support much needed in the career of a musician. 

Re-watch here.


Interview on

Irene talks about the new project ISMS Italian Swiss Music Society in an interview on, an online information platform for Italians in Switzerland.

Read the full interview in Italian by clicking below.

>> To the interview


On Swiss Radio SRF Kultur 

Live recordings from Pfingstfestival Schloss Brunegg 2023 will be broadcasted on Radio SRF Kultur "Im Konzertsaal" the 26th October 2023 at 8 pm.

>> Replay here


Swiss citizenship

After 14 years in Switzerland, two master's degrees at the Geneva and Bern University of Music, the creation of POURQUOIPAS in Lausanne and ISMS in Zurich, Irene obtained Swiss citizenship. She is now officially an Italian-Swiss artist!

>> To the Facebook post 

JUNE 2023

Back to the Festival Paganiniano 

Irene will be back in Liguria! The famous Festival Paganiniano will host a chamber music concert with Irene, Enrico Bronzi (cello), Jürg Dähler (viola) and Francesca Sperandeo (piano).

Discover the program on the link below.

MAY 2023

Lucignano Music Festival 2023: The program is online

Welcome to the 2023 edition of the Lucignano Music Festival. Irene founded the Festival back in 2021 responding to a profound need of creativity in the middle of the COVID pandemic. This third edition is all about family: discover the program and be part of the community!


APRIL 2023

Pfingstfestival Schloss Brunegg 2023

Find Irene from the 26 to 29th May in the private Castle of Brunegg, performing masterpieces of chamber music with international renowned artists during the annual Pfingstfestival. Some highlights: Beethoven Violin Sonata in c minor op.30 n.2, Mendelssohn Piano Trio in d minor op.49, Kodaly Duo for violin and cello and much more...

MARCH 2023

Packed Victoria Hall in Geneva met Vivaldi with great enthusiasm

Irene's interpretation of Vivaldi met an enthusiastic audience on March 1st at Geneva Victoria Hall together with the musicians of Concertus Orchestra.

Watch some excerpts here.



Pre-College Faculty at the Konservatorium Winterthur

Irene was appointed violin teacher for the Advanced program and Pre-College students at the Konservatorium Winterthur. The institution, which is part of the Musikkollegium Winterthur, has a prestigious history in violin pedagogy: Aida Stucki raised the teenager Anne-Sophie Mutter and so many other successful students.


Swiss Tour with SCC and Heinz Holliger

Irene joins the SCC soloists for a Swiss Tour together with Heinz Holliger, Sarah Wegener,
Muriel Cantoreggi, Jürg Dähler, Daniel Haefliger and Felix Renggli, presenting works by Holliger, Birwislte, Jolivet, Lehmann and Wagner. The tour will happen in Zürich, Geneva, bern, Lugano and Basel between the 18th and the 22nd of January.


Irene's Newsletter archive is online!

From now on you can have the access to Irene' newsletters archive through this link. Enjoy!

>> Newsletters Archive here.


Mozart for Christmas with SCC

Join the Swiss Chamber Concerts on December 11th in Zürich for a chamber music recital with Irene Abrigo, Jürg Dähler, Joël Marosi and Barbara Zanichelli presenting Mozart Divertimento for string trio, Scarlatti Sonatas (arr. by J. Dähler for string trio) and pieces by the contemporary Swiss composer Nadir Vassena for a strings instrument and voice.

JULY 2022

Mozart, Schubert and Schumann with friends at FESTIVO

A chamber music concert featuring works by Schubert, Mozart and Schumann will be performed on July 26 at the Festivo Music Festival in Germany. Irene will play together with Francesco Sica, Jürg Dähler, Johannes Erkes, Enrico Bronzi and Francesca Sperandeo.

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MAY 2022

Lucignano Music Festival: 2nd edition!

The program of the LMF22 is now online! Discover Irene's vision for this edition called "Fairy Tales". 2022 Artists will be Francesco Sica, Jürg Dähler, Enrico Bronzi, Francesca Sperandeo, Sebastian Braun, Martina Santarone, Antonino Siringo and the festival will host a special concert by the Orchestra dei Ragazzi of Fiesole Music School.

MARCH 2022

New Photos by Marco Borggreve

Enjoy the new photos by the famous photographer Marco Borggreve!


Tourte bow ex Iona-Brown

Irene will play now on the François Xavier Tourte bow, ex-Iona Brown, generously supported by a private mecenat.

JULY 2021

Schumann, Borodin and Dvorak with Angela Hewitt at Trasimeno Music Festival 2021

Irene will perform the Three Romances by Clara Schumann op.22 with Angela Hewitt at the Basilica di San Pietro, Perugia, and they will be joined by Mary Ellen Woodside, Jürg Dähler, Enrico Bronzi and Rafael Rosenfeld to perform the Borodin String Quintet and the Dvorak Piano Quartet.


JULY 2021

Beethoven, Schnyder and Mozart at Festival Paganiniano 2021

Irene will perform a recital in trio with Jürg Dähler and Enrico Bronzi for the Festival Paganiniano di Carro, featuring the Beethoven String Trio in C minor op.9 n.3, Daniel Schnyder String Trio and Mozart Divertimento KV563

MAY 2021

Lucignano Music Festival: 1st edition!

Irene has been appointed Artistic Director of Cultural Association "Quinta Stagione" and launches the first edition of the Lucignano Music Festival, Tuscany 23- 25 July 2021! Festival Artists for this first edition: Irene Abrigo, Jürg Dähler, Enrico Bronzi, Rafael Rosenfeld, MaryEllen Woodside, Hyperion Ensemble


POURQUOIPAS x Corinne Chapelle

Irene's no profit POURQUOIPAS launched an International crowdfunding supporting the violinist Corinne Chapelle, in urgent need of medical treatments. Please donate now!

More info here.

JANUARY 22nd 2021

SCC ViaHolliger in video streaming

The Swiss Chamber Concerts Tour with Heinz Holliger has been canceled due to COVID-19. Instead of the live concerts, the program has been video recorded and it will be streamed on January 22nd 2021 on Youtube. 

Watch the video here.

JANUARY 7th 2021 

Guest at Italian TV RAI 3

Irene is guest at the Italian television news "Buongiorno Regione" speaking about POURQUOIPAS and its commitment to serving social causes through music and support education and culture.

Watch the video here.

DECEMBER 27th 2020 - 9h30

Ospite di Andrea Favaretto per la rubrica #UnconventionalPeople 

Domenica alle 9h30 Irene sarà in diretta con il life coach Andrea Favaretto sul suo gruppo ‘Successo Senza Sforzo’.

More info here.



Four years after the first collaboration, Irene's no profit POURQUOIPAS launched a new crowdfunding in support of Indian kids and families, hardly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. A Christmas concert involving professional musicians and young students is organized in Lausanne!

More info here.

MARCH 21st 2020

COVID-19 Support for Independent Artists

Irene launched a donation call to support independent artists during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please consider to donate here:

Association POURQUOIPAS - 1091 CHENAUX (CH)

IBAN: CH09 00767 000U 5366 9843 - BIC: BCVLCH2LXXX

Watch the video here.


Portrait on the Schweizer Musikzeitung 

Enjoy the portrait-interview of Irene published in the Jan-Febr 2020 number of the Swiss National Newspaper Révue Musicale Suisse / Musikzeitung about her last Carnegie Hall concert, the meaning of "success", the social recognition and her plan ahead.

Read it here.

JULY 2019

Back to the Carnegie Hall in November 2019

After her debut in 2016, Irene will perform again at the Carnegie Hall in NY during the season 19-20 with the Chamber Orchestra of New York and music director Salvatore Di Vittorio.

More info here.

JUNE 2019

Member of the SMPV

Irene is member of the Schweizerischer Musikpädagogischer Verband SMPV 

Visit her page here.


JUNE 8th 2019

Dedication and world première on a Stradivarius in Brunegg

"Two fragments of an Ancient Legend" for solo violin, written by Antonmario Semolini and dedicated to Irene, will be premiered by her at the Pfingstfestival Schloss Brunegg on a violin by Antonio Stradivari.



Review by Enzo Restagno on Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante

"A rare perfection in phrasing, a dialogue that goes beyond words, an excellent intonation (...) gave me a moment of unforgettable joy".

Read the full review (in Italian) here.


DECEMBER 22nd 2018

Mozart Sinfonia Concertante at the Turin Cathedral for Christmas

Irene plays the W.A.Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with violist Jürg Dähler at the Cathedral of Turin, with i Vituosi dell'Academia di San Giovanni directed by M ° Antonmario Semolini



World premiere and CD recording with Swiss Chamber Soloists

Irene creates "De Umbris" for flute and string trio of the Swiss composer X.Dayer with Felix Renggli, Jürg Dähler and Daniel Haefliger in Geneva, Zurich, Basel and Lugano, and they record it on the Geneva Radio. The CD, dedicated to the works of Dayer, will be released at the end of 2019 for CLAVES.


JUNE 2018

A Guadagnini for Irene!

Irene received a magnificent violin from G.B.Guadagnini, made in Milan in 1758, at her disposal from a generous investor.


JULY 30th 2017

Recital at the Festival Paganiniano

Due to health problems of pianist Ulrich Koella, Irene will perform her recital at the Festival Paganiniano in Carro with pianist Diego Mingolla. Music by Mozart, Brahms, Paganini and Beethoven.


JULY 2017

Reportage RTS -  Irene Abrigo - "Nomade" - Radio Télévision Suisse

Yves Bron proposes a meeting in Pully with the violinist Irene Abrigo, a big fan of Nicolo Pagagnini. She immersed herself in the biography of the Italian violinist and designed a mystery course, a collective inquiry game that was proposed ten days ago at the Pully Sound Sound Festival.

Episode of July 3, 2017 


JULY 2016

Début in Czech Republic - soloist with orchestra

Irene Abrigo performs as a soloist with the West Czech Symphony Orchestra at Casinò Bellevue Marienbad, Marianske Lazne. On the program, Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5


FEBRUARY 11th 2016

Début au Carnegie Hall - soloist with orchestra + NY première

The violinist Irene Abrigo, based in Lausanne, performs as New York premiere Dirk Brossé's "Black, White and in Between" Violin Concerto at Carnegie Hall, with the Chamber Orchestra of New York under the direction of Salvatore Di Vittorio.


JANUARY 30-31st 2016

Support for the CIAOKIDS Foundation with POURQUOIPAS

Irene and her partner Madeleine Murray-Robertson fly to India to support the work of the CIAOKIDS Foundation with their music.



JANUARY 16th 2016

Debut in Brazil with a South-American premiere - soloist with orchestra

Irene debuts as a soloist at the Festival de Musica Nas Montana in Poco de Caldas, Brazil, with the Festival orchestra conducted by M ° Jean Reis. They interpret the first violin concerto by Ottorino Respighi (rev. S. Di Vittorio) as a South American première execution.


JULY 9th 2015

Irene wins the 2015 Respighi Award!

Irene wins the Respighi Award 2015 !

She will be invited to perform as a soloist with the New York Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall during the 2015-16 season.


APRIL 2015

Interview RTS - Irene Abrigo - "Magma"  - Radio Télévision Suisse

The first concert of the musical Saison de Caux is a carte blanche to Irene Abrigo (...) The Italian violinist compares Vivaldi's famous Four Seasons with the Cuatro Estaciones by Astor Piazzolla. Irene plays live on "Magma" and answers Yves Bron's questions.

Episode of 29 April 2015



Finalist at the Violin Competition  "Città di Vittorio Veneto"!

She will perform the Concerto for violin and orchestra in E minor by F. Mendelssohn with the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto under the direction of Maestro Massimo Donatello.

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