70th anniversary of Professor Bron
A celebration concert dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Professor Bron took place on the 17 December 2017 at the Kurtheater in Baden.
The concert was organized by the Zakhar Bron Academy (Interlaken). Violin students of the Zakhar Bron School of Music joined the celebration performing the Happy Birthday Theme and Variations with the Zakhar Bron Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Pietari Itkinen. The president of the school, Marc Blessing, gave a speech in honor of the great professor and congratulated him on the jubilee. From the director of the school, Liana Tretiakova, who studied with Professor Bron for 15 years, the famous teacher received a bouquet of flowers and a present.
Current and former students gathered from all over the world in order to take part in the concert. Mayuko Kamio, winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition and the Monaco Prize, performed the Meditation by Massenet. Mayuko also played Five Pieces by Shostakovich in duet with the assistant of Professor Bron, Maurizio Sciarretta. The audience also enjoyed Vivaldi’s Concerto for 4 violins played by Stefan Tarara, Rolanda Ginkute, Peter Lundstrom, and Eduard Kollert. The Swiss violinist Elea Nick played with virtuosity a piece of Sarasate, Gypsy Airs. Mone Hatori, a rising star from Japan, brilliantly performed Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy. Professor Bron himself charmed the audience with two pieces: Syncopation by Fritz Kreisler and Spanish Serenade by Cécile Chaminade.
Towards the end of the concert the stage was taken by Vadim Repin, one of the most famous violinists of our time and one of the first graduates of Professor Bron, having studied with the professor from age five until adulthood. Vadim performed Valse Scherzo by Tchaikovsky and Czardas by Monti in his own virtuosic arrangement. Vadim Repin and Professor Bron concluded the concert with the performance of the profound and beautiful Concerto For Two Violins D-minor by J.S. Bach. The audience gave a standing ovation to the great pedagogue, who made a huge impact in the history of violin playing, having raised several generations of soloists, chamber musicians, orchestra players, concertmasters and, last but not the least, pedagogues, who continue passing on the knowledge of violin playing to the next generations.