• Alina Kobialka, violin

“Watch for her name. She appears to be bound for greatness.”

As this prediction from the Las Vegas Review Journal suggests, violinist Alina Kobialka is a young artist whose brilliance should not be missed. Her rich tone and effortlessly exquisite performances have brought her critical acclaim, and the San Francisco Classical Voice has described her as a “jaw-droppingly assured” soloist “who made present and future converge.” On Tuesday night, Georgetown audiences will have the unique opportunity to experience this world class artist’s award-winning music close to home at a concert presented by Southwestern University’s 2019-2020 Sarofim Music Series. 

Kobialka began forging her path as an illustrious young artist at the age of 10, when she performed for the first time as a guest soloist with an orchestra. Since then she has built a burgeoning career for herself, earning top prizes in international competitions and performing with major orchestras around the globe. She won the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Concerto Competition at age 13, and in 2017, she took home the second place prize at the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition as the youngest competitor. Her collaborations have included guest soloist spots with the San Francisco Symphony and the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and she has toured throughout Asia with both the Kagawa International Intercultural Youth Orchestra and the Macau Youth Symphony.

Kobialka’s program for the Sarofim Music Series concert will feature works that honor special memories and personal connections she has made throughout her career. Among them is Sergei Prokofiev’s Five Mélodies, which she first performed during her Asian debut at the 2012 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. Also featured are Paul Schoenfield’s Four Souvenirs and Maurice Ravel’s Tzigane, classical works Kobialka loves because of their incorporation of various genres and styles. “It is hard for me not to dance when I am playing these pieces because I am having so much fun,” she says. 

Four Souvenirs explores several musical styles including tango, tin pan alley, samba and square dance, and it is the piece in the program Kobialka is most excited to perform. She also looks forward to revisiting Tzigane, which she recently performed with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony in September. Kobialka will be accompanied by SU faculty member and pianist Kiyoshi Tamagawa for this event.


Don’t miss Alina Kobialka’s breathtaking concert on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. Tickets can be purchased through the Mathers Box Office in person, over the phone at 512.863.1378, or at www.southwestern.edu/tickets. Additional discounts are available for students with ID and patrons 62+.