- Junior Guildhall
- String Chamber Music Coaches
Alfia is an internationally acclaimed soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue. She studied with Rostropovich at the Moscow Conservatoire and also received master classes from Daniil Shafran and Jacqueline du Pré. Alfia has performed in numerous festivals and recitals in the UK, Russia, Europe, USA, Middle East, Canada and Australia. She has also given solo and chamber music master classes in the UK and internationally. 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, Schubert, Martinù, Shostakovich, Granados, Ives, Cassadó, Turina and Ravel (Chandos), Hans Gál Complete Works for Cello (Toccata Classics) and J S Bach Six Cello Suites (WCM). From 1998 Alfia 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. Alfia is currently researching the development of the cello in the late 20th century and has given presentations of papers on contemporary cello technique and lecture-recitals at international conferences at the Universities of Hong Kong, Radboud, Birmingham, Goldsmiths, Bangor, York, Leeds, Rome and Norwegian Music Academy, Oslo.