Alfia Nakipbekova

Principal Lecturer: Classical Music


Job title: Principal Lecturer: Classical Music

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Classical) (One to One and Ensembles)

Specialisms: Chamber music, Russian music

A former student of Rostropovich at the Moscow Conservatoire, Alfia is an internationally acclaimed soloist and chamber musician.

She has performed in numerous festivals and recitals in the UK, Russia, Europe, USA, Middle East, Canada and Australia. Alfia’s extensive discography includes major chamber music repertoire for piano trio, cello/piano Sonatas, cello/violin duos, including critically acclaimed recordings of Brahms, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Martinù, Shostakovich, Granados and Ravel. (Chandos). From 1998 Alfia regularly performed a series of "Bach Marathon" solo recitals playing all six Bach Suites in one evening, in major venues and festivals, including London, Oxford, Brussels, Melbourne Festival, Cork Chamber Music Festival, among others.
Her recording of the Bach Cello Suites was released in December 2009 (WCM) and was nominated as the best album of the year by the Russian Classical Radio ‘Orphey’.

 As well as having a busy performance and recording schedule, Alfia is the Principal Lecturer in Cello at Leeds College of Music and also teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the University of Leeds. She is currently researching the development of the cello in the late 20th century and has given presentations of her papers with performances of Iannis Xenakis’ Nomos alpha for cello solo at international conferences and various universities: Hong Kong, Radboud (Nijmegen), Birmingham, Goldsmiths, Bangor, Leeds and Rome.

 Alfia is also an accomplished Tai Chi practitioner and teacher. She regularly participates in national and international Tai Chi Championships - UK, Europe, Taiwan and Russia - and has won many medals for outstanding mastery. She is currently researching the links between Tai Chi practice and musical performance and is now teaching music students, at Leeds College of Music, Tai Chi and Chi Gong – a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing and meditation, used for health and martial arts training.

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