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Audiences are invited to sit on stage alongside the musicians who will play works by Beethoven and Mendelssohn on gut stringed instruments with historical bows.


PRINCETON, NJ — Led by violinist Alina Ibragimova, the Chiaroscuro String Quartet performs music of the Classical and early Romantic periods on gut stringed instruments with historical bows. Unlike most string quartets, they also perform standing up — and their unique sound has brought audiences to their feet across the world. The group makes their Princeton University Concerts (“PUC”) debut Sunday, March 26, 2022 at 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM with a program featuring Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 95 “Serioso” and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 13.

These concerts are presented as part of PUC’s innovative Performances Up Close series which brings audiences onstage alongside the musicians at Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. This season’s Performances Up Close focus on “leading ladies”—a new generation of female musicians who are leading the charge as classical music performance takes new and exciting directions. Every detail of this concert —including seating configuration, a relaxed atmosphere, and audience interaction—is curated to foster as direct an experience of the music as possible.


Directly prior to the both concerts, Princeton University Concerts also invites attendees to connect over a shared love of music at Do-Re-Meet social events for music lovers. There will be two types of pre-concert social experiences offered on Sunday, March 26 before the Chiaroscuro String Quartet performances. At 1:00 PM there will be a Do-Re-Meet: Speed Dating event for people seeking heterosexual romantic connection, paired with the 3:00 PM concert. At 4:00 PM, there will be a Do-Re-Meet: Find Your Friends speed friending event, paired with the 6:00 PM concert. Both events will be held at the historic Maclean House on Princeton’s campus, just steps from Richardson Auditorium, and will include facilitated social activities with catered hors d’oeuvres.

Do-Re-Meet events are co-hosted by Princeton University Concerts and Risa Grimaldi of The Singles Group. In April, there will be a Do-Re-Meet: LGBTQ+ Single Mingle event in conjunction with a performance by jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant. Tickets to Do-Re-Meet evenings include the full experience—both the social event and the concert— for $50/General and $20/Students. Visit or call 609-258-2800 for tickets and more information about Do-Re-Meet.

Tickets for the Chiaroscuro String Quartet concert ($40 General/$10 Students) are limited; patrons are encouraged to buy them soon at or by calling 609-258-9220. The 3:00 PM performance is sold out, but tickets as part of the Do-Re-Meet: Speed Dating package remain. Tickets for the 6:00 PM concert and the Do-Re-Meet: Find My Friends package also remain.



Chiaroscuro String Quartet

Formed in 2005, Chiaroscuro Quartet comprises violinists Alina Ibragimova (Russia) and Pablo Hernán Benedí (Spain), the Swedish violist Emilie Hörnlund and cellist Claire Thirion from France. Dubbed “a trailblazer for the authentic performance of High Classical chamber music” in Gramophone, this international ensemble performs music of the Classical and early Romantic periods on gut strings and with historical bows. The quartet’s unique sound – described by The Observer as “a shock to the ears of the best kind” – is highly acclaimed by audiences and critics all over Europe. Their growing discography includes recordings of music by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Haydn.


Born in Russia in 1985, Alina studied at the Moscow Gnesin School before moving with her family to the UK in 1996, where she studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Royal College of Music, and was a member of the Kronberg Academy Masters programme. Alina’s teachers have included Natasha Boyarsky, Gordan Nikolitch and Christian Tetzlaff. She has performed chamber music at venues including the Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall New York, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, and at festivals including Salzburg, Verbier and Aldeburgh.

As a soloist Alina appears with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Philharmonia, and all the BBC orchestras.



Chiaroscuro String Quartet


Sunday, March 26 at 3:00 PM & 6:00 PM


Performances Up Close: Beethoven String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 95 “Serioso” and Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 13. Audience seated on stage.


Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University


Concert only: $40 General/$10 Students. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 609-258-9220, or in person a half hour prior to the concert at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office.

Do-Re-Meet experience (1:00 PM speed dating or 4:00 PM speed friending events at the Maclean House followed by the 3:00 PM or 6:00 PM concert): $50 General/$20 Students. Tickets are available online at or by phone at 609-258-2800.

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