Alina Khvatova

Alina Khvatova was born in Stupino, Russia, to a family of musicians. Her musical education started from a very young age; she grew up listening toalina_bw her parents playing piano, and her first violin lessons were with her grandmother at age four. By age six, Alina was enrolled in the Moscow Frederic Chopin College of Music Performing and taking classes with Sofya Mikhno. During her six years of study with Sofya, Alina participated in music festivals, received an award at the Magic Bow competition in 2004, and represented her college string department on Moscow television.

Alina moved to Canada with her family at the age of 12. Here she experienced orchestra and chamber music performances for the first time, which left a big impression on her. Alina continued studying violin with Larisa Lebeda, then with Robert Rozek, Andrew Dawes, and Dale Barltrop at the Vancouver Academy of Music. Alina acquired her Music Performance diploma from the Vancouver Academy of Music at the age of 18. Over the course of her studies, she performed solo works with the Richmond Symphony, VYSO, VAMSO and West Coast Symphony Orchestra.

Currently Alina is the concertmistress of Stradivari Ensemble and one of the leaders of BCCM Junior Strings Ensemble.