Description Alina Pogostkina (born Leningrad, 18 November 1983) is a Russian-born German violinist. The daughter of two professional violinists, Pogostkina began playing the violin at the age of four and quickly showed herself to have exceptional talent. She gave her first concerts at the age of five. In 1992, the family moved to Heidelberg, Germany, where the eight-year-old Alina and her parents initially had to make a living as street musicians.With success in several international violin competitions, Pogostkina won the 1997 Louis Spohr Competition and in 2005 took first prize at the Ninth International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in Helsinki, as well as a special prize for the best interpretation of the Sibelius Violin Concerto. Alina Pogostkina currently plays a Stradivarius from Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and resides in Berlin.