New York, NY
Violinist Alina Kobialka joined the New York Philharmonic in 2022. She has been praised for her beautiful tone, effortless precision, and musical maturity beyond her years. Since her first appearance as soloist at age ten, she has toured and performed with many ensembles throughout the world. San Francisco Classical Voice described her as a “jaw-droppingly assured” soloist, who “made present and future converge,” and Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote, “Watch for her name. She appears to be bound for greatness.”
Kobialka began her studies at age five with Li Lin. She continued on to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s preparatory program, where she studied with Wei He. Leaving San Francisco at age 16, she attended the Colburn School’s Music Academy, in Los Angeles, where she studied with Robert Lipsett and Danielle Belen. Most recently, she graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with her master’s in violin performance, under the tutelage of Ilya Kaler.
At age 14 Kobialka made her solo debut with the San Francisco Symphony at its 100th anniversary reunion concert in Davies Symphony Hall, where she has since returned three times as soloist. Soon after she was featured live on NPR’s nationally acclaimed program From the Top. Since then she has performed with various American orchestras, including the Las Vegas Philharmonic, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, California Symphony, Colburn Academy Virtuosi Orchestra, and others.
In 2015 Kobialka made her performance debut in Asia with the Macau Youth Symphony for its New Year’s concert. She returned in 2016 to tour Japan with the Kagawa International Youth Orchestra, and in 2017 to perform in the Shanghai International Arts Festival gala concert.
Kobialka was awarded second prize at the 2017 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition. Other competition accolades include being named a laureate of the 2016 Irving M. Klein International Competition and receiving the Grand Prize at the Mondavi Center National Young Artists Competition.
An avid chamber musician, Kobialka has been an artist at the Marlboro Music Festival for the last few years. During her time there, she had the great honor of performing with acclaimed pianist Mitsuko Uchida. Other celebrated musicians she has worked with include pianist Jonathan Biss, violist Kim Kashkashian, and cellist Peter Wiley.
Recent concert highlights include performing with world-renowned conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony and making her debut with Vadim Gluzman and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. She also performed Brahms’s Double Concerto for Violin and Cello with the California Symphony and made her debut with the Asheville Symphony.