Marina Alba was born in Madrid in 2001 in a family of musicians and started to play the violin at the age of 7. Her musical training began with singing, when she joined Madrid’s Community’s choir at the age of 5 -with whom she performed several operas at the Royal Theater of Madrid such as Tosca, Kröl Roger, Boris Godunov and Der Rosenkavalier.
She studied with Anna Baget in Adolfo Salazar Conservatory, where she finished her professional studies at the age of 16 with Honors and was awarded with the ‘Adolfo Salazar Extraordinary End of Studies Prize’. During the years of 2018-2020 she studied with Jesús Reina and Anna Margrethe Nilsen at the Galamian International Academy of Music (AIG).
She is about to become a Junior at the IU Jacobs School of Music, where she studies with the world-renowned pedagogue and soloist Grigory Kalinovsky. At JsoM she is a member of the newly formed Morisot Quartet, with whom she is part of the Advanced Chamber Seminar -conducted by the Pacifica Quartet.
At IU JsoM she holds the Young Premier Artist Scholarship and the E H Claus Scholarship. Thanks to her excellent academic achievements she is also the recipient of Madrid’s Community Overseas-studies Grant, and is a member of the selective Hutton Honors College. Besides, her studies at IU JsoM are also financially supported by two private sponsors, Jacques and Brigitte Bauzon.
She has won the III International Violin Contest Forum Musikae and the Moritzburg Festival XIX Century Chamber Music AkademiePreis 2019.
As a young talent and artist, Marina has been supported by the Arkady Fomin Foundation, Aeterna Musica Foundation, Piu Mosso Foundation, IU Jacobs School of Music and Fundación Reina Nilsen.
She has performed in masterclasses for artists such asVadim Gluzman, Rudolf Koelman, Ingolf Turban, Grigory Kalinovsky, Sarah Chang and Krzysztof Wegrzyn among others. She took part in Pinchas Zukerman’s program “Young Artists Program 2018” in Ottawa, and Rudolf Kolman’s “Silkroad Summer Sessions 2018″ in Winterthur, Switzerland.
In the summer of 2019 she participated in the Miami International Festival and in the Moritzburg Festival Academy -Festival sponsored by Anne-Sophie Mutter. In August 2021 she was invited and sponsored to participate in the Moritzburg Festival Academy once again.
She has played in halls such as the Berliner Philharmonie and Kulturpalast in Dresden – as part of Moritzburg Festival’s Orchestra-, National Auditorium of Music in Madrid, IU Jacobs School of Music’ Musical Arts Center, JSoM’s Auer Hall, IU JsoM’s Ford Hall, Moritzburg Castle, Conde Duque Hall in Madrid, Teatro Calderón, Madrid’s Cibeles’ Palace and Maria Cristina Hall in Málaga.
Marina Alba has performed as soloist with R. Koelman‘s ZHdK Strings, Classical Orchestra of Granada and twice with the Eduardo del Pueyo Summer Festival Orchestra in several occasions.
In September 2020 she performed as guest artist at the Chamber Festival Málaga Clásica, where she shared stage with artists such as Koh Cameda, Jesús Reina, Gabriel Ureña, Óscar Martín, Josu de Solaun or Erzhan Kulibaev.
She is an active supporter of new music and has premiered several pieces such as „Pirueta y Perspectiva”(2019) by Javier López de Guereña, „Obra para orquesta de cuerda” (2020) by Fernando Arroyo Lascurrain and “A memory among the fog” (2015) by Alejandro Gwinn. In March of this year she premiered with her quartet, „Rats don‘t pay subway fare“ (2022) by Matthew Levin.
During the summer of 2022 she will be a participant at the Ascent Solo & Chamber Music Festival in Cincinnati (USA) as well as in Vadim Gluzman’s private masterclass in Nagold (Germany).
She is also this year’s Arkady Fomin Scholarship Fund’s 2022 Opportunity Award recipient.
Marina Alba is also a Jazz vocalist. She sings a wide range of styles within this genre, including brazilian Bossa Nova and latin Salsa. She is building up her vocalist career at the Jacobs School of Music where she is the lead singer of Wayne Wallace’s Latin Jazz Ensemble.