Irene Abrigo

Winner of the 2015 Respighi Prize and laureates of many International Competitions, Irene Abrigo is renowned for her virtuosic and expressive charisma. Well-traveled and extremely knowledgeable in music, art, literature, and charity, her generous approach to music-making and her commitment to support culture and education have made her a fan favorite.


Past Gigs

  • AUG


    Paganini 24 Caprices


    Espace Vélodrome

    Plan-les-Ouates, Switzerland

  • MAY


    Bach & Ysäye


    Église Saint-Paul

    Villeneuve, Switzerland

  • APR


    Respighi Poema Autunnale


    DiMenna Center of Music

    New York, USA

  • APR


    CD Recording Respighi

  • JAN


    SCC Via Holliger




Italian violinist, Irene Abrigo started playing the violin at the age of 4 at the Aosta Suzuki School. She continued her education at the University of Arts in Switzerland and Austria with Marie-Annick Nicolas, Pierre Amoyal and Corina Belcea and took part in masterclasses with Zakhar Bron, Thomas Füri, Viktor Pikayzen, Itzhak Rashkovsky, Mayumi Seiler and Benjamin Schmid. Winner of the 2015 Respighi Prize 2015, Irene has made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2016 with the Chamber Orchestra of New York, performing the NY première of the violin concerto by Dirk Brossé “Black, White and in Between”. In 2016 she also performed in Brazil the south America première of the Respighi’s Violin Concerto No.1 and she had her debut with the West Czech Symphony Orchestra in the Czech Republic, with the Mozart Violin Concerto No.5. She collaborates with living composers such as Xavier Dayer, Richard Dubugnon, David Philip Hefti, Heinz Holliger, Mischa Käser, Federico Mantovani, and premiered several pieces including the “Infal’s Songs” for solo violin by Antonmario Semolini (dedicated to her). Deeply convinced about the social responsibility of art, Irene founded POURQUOIPAS in 2015, a non-profit association organizing concerts, masterclasses and projects with social commitments. Since young, Irene has been truly passionate about Niccolò Paganini (so much so that she has his signature tattooed on her body and owns an original letter from him, dated 1831) so she collaborated with POURQUOIPAS to create an educational experience titled "Niccolò Paganini: the mystery": a one hour itinerary discovering truth and mysteries of the composer's life, that ended with a final concert. Graduated at Liceo Classico “XXIV February” in Aosta, she had in 2008 her Diploma at the Turin Conservatoire, in 2011 her Master of Interpretation at the Geneva University of Arts, in 2015 the Degree in Art, Literature and Performance (DAMS) at the University of Turin with a thesis about Niccolò Paganini, and in 2018 she obtained the Pedagogy Master at the HKB, Bern University of Arts. She is currently living in Winterthur, Switzerland, and playing a violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Milano 1758, generously on loan to her from a private collector.