Originally from Poland/Ukraine Alina Bzhezhinska has become one of the leading educators and performers in Scotland. She gives regular masterclasses in the UK and abroad, composes for harp and creates imaginative concert programmes as a solo artist and a chamber musician.
Alina studied at the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland (Masters in Arts), and The University of Arizona, USA (Masters in Music Performance).
She has performed with many major European orchestras including the Young World Symphony Orchestra, the National Opera in Warsaw and Scottish Opera. Alina’s London appearances include Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and BBC Radio 3. She is a regular performer and a tutor at Edinburgh International Harp Festival.
Alina is a member of a classical ensemble Amadeus Duo with flautist Margaret Preston. She leads the RSAMD Harp Quartet which promotes modern harp music by collaborating with living composers. Alina is interested in exploring a jazz harp by working with jazz saxophonist Martin Kershaw and jazz award winner Ryan Quigley (trumpet).
Alina’s critically acclaimed solo album ‘Harp Recital’ is believed to be the first pedal harp CD made in Scotland.
Alina’s newest music book ‘Steps to Excellence’ was published by Pilgrim Harps in 2009.
In October 2008 Alina was appointed as a harp lecturer at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.