Alina Pogostkina, born in St. Petersburg, initially studied violin with her father and later at the “Hanns Eisler” Music Academy in Berlin with Antje Weithaas. She was the first German violinist to win a prize at the 9th International Sibelius Competition in Helsinki in December 2005. Since then, her career has grown continually through solo appearances with distinguished international orchestras such as the Southwest German Radio Symphony in Stuttgart, the Hessen Radio Orchestra in Frankfurt, the Finnish Radio Symphony, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Residence Orchestra in The Hague, the Hallé Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, the Orchestre Philharmonique of Radio France, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras. Numerous radio and television broadcasts document her career. Among the conductors with whom she has worked are Mikhail Pletnev, Gennadi Roshdestvensky, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Mark Elder, Sakari Oramo, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Mikko Franck, Paavo Järvi, Andris Nelsons, and Andrey Boreyko. The young musician has won prizes in numerous competitions, such as the Louis Spohr Competition in Freiburg in 1997, the “Prix de l’espoire“ of the European Foundation for Culture in 1999, the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 2001, and in 2002 the International Violin Competition in Indianapolis, USA. As a chamber music violinist, she has played with Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Menahem Pressler, Christoph Eschenbach, Pekka Kuusisto, Maxim Rysanov, and Joshua Bell. In a trio she plays with the the clarinetist Reto Bieri and the pianist Diana Kettler, and also works in a duo with the pianist Håvard Gimse. Alina Pogostkina, who is very passionate about contemporary music, is a regular guest at international festivals. The German Music Foundation has provided Alina Pogostkina with an Antonio Stradivarius violin (Cremona, 1709) from the German Music Instrument Fund.