Alfia Nakipbekova

Principal Lecturer


Job title: Principal Lecturer

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Classical), MA Music

Specialisms: Cello Technique and Interpretation: Traditional, Contemporary and New Music; Russian Music, Chamber Music, Performance Studies, Interdisciplinary Performance, Free Improvisation.

Alfia Nakipbekova is a multifaceted musician: an internationally acclaimed cellist soloist, chamber musician, researcher, interdisciplinary artist and pedagogue. She studied with Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniil Shafran and Jacqueline du Pré. A winner of Outstanding Mastery of the Cello Award at the Casals Competition in Budapest, Alfia performed in major venues and festival throughout Europe, USA, Australia, Middle East and Hong Kong and has recorded major chamber music and solo repertoire that includes works by Shostakovich, Brahms, Martinu, Ravel, Granados, Tchaikovsky, Charles Ives, Prokofiev among many others. Her critically acclaimed recordings for Chandos were featured on BBC 3 and BBC 4 as well as winning several CD of The Year awards in various musical magazines, including Gramophone.

Alfia also studied Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, where she received the Marjorie Gould Prize and the Dean’s Award.

Alfia is actively involved in collaborations with composers and in various interdisciplinary projects – film, theatre, dance, spoken word and cross-genre performances. As a musician-actor Alfia performed at the BAC (Raising Cellatina, with physical theatre company Gecko); Shabnan, directed by Nadia Fall (Lyric Theatre, London), More Than Words (a one-woman show at The Space, London); Cloud in Trousers (collaborating with Samantha Bloom, Edinburgh), among other projects. She toured and recorded with her ensemble Cellorhytmics in the UK and Europe, performing in the international jazz venues and festivals (Vortex, South Bank, Beauvais Cello Festival, Trondheim Arts Festival).

She is currently PhD candidate at the University of Leeds researching the development of the cello in the late twentieth century and has given lecture-recitals performing solo compositions by Iannis Xenakis, James Dillon and Liza Lim at the international conferences at the Universities of Hong Kong, Radboud (Nijmegen), Birmingham, Goldsmiths, Bangor, York, Leeds, Rome and Norwegian Music Academy, Oslo. In January 2018 she presented a Nomos alpha Seminar at the Université 8, Paris as a part of the Xenakis Studies Days on invitation of Professor Makis Solomos.

In September 2017 Alfia organised Xenakis Symposium at the University of Leeds supported by RMA. The book Exploring Xenakis: Performance, Practice, Philosophy based the Symposium proceedings edited by Alfia and including her article on interpretation of Nomos alpha, was published in March 2019 by Vernon Press.

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