Our Students

Romane Favia

was born on June 13th 2000 and started studying violin at the age of 3 with Hong-Anh Shapiro in Geneva. From the age of 5 she started performing on stage and her bright musicality and charm was noticed by many outstanding musicians. From the age of 10 Romane is studying at the Zakhar Bron School of Music in Zurich with Liana Tretiakova. She is also studying regularly with Professor Bron and participated in his masterclasses in Interlaken, Zurich, Verbier, Realp and Salzburg.

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Aurora Gaechter

Aurora is a 9 year old Swiss from the Kanton Thurgau.

In 2010 she began her violin studies at the Zakhar Bron School of Music with Liana Tretiakova. In 2-3 years Aurora has learned a wide repertoire from Rieding b minor to the Accolay a minor concertos. She is a prizewinner of the Swiss National Youth Music Competition as a soloist and as a chamber musician. In December 2014 Aurora participated in the Finals of the program “Great Swiss Talents” on National Television (SRF).

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Sophie Branson

Sophie Branson was born in 2006 in Tokyo in a British-Russian family. She started learning to play violin with Liana Tretiakova at the Zakhar Bron School of Music at the age of 3.

In May 2015 Sophie became a prizewinner at the Crescendo Youth Music International Competition in Geneva, where in the final round she debuted as a soloist with the chamber orchestra “Soloists of Neuchatel” under the baton of Sergei Ostrovsky, performing Bach Concerto a-moll. In the same year she appeared as a soloist with the Pskov Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Arif Dadashev (Moscow) with concertos by Bach and Vivaldi.

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Alexander Sahatci

Alexander Sahatci was born in Zurich in 2006 in a family of musicians. He started playing the violin at the age of three and piano at the age of four. From 2012 Alexander is studying violin with Liana Tretiakova at the Zakhar Bron School of Music and piano with Tamara Kordzadze at the Music School of Pfannenstiel.

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Ilva Vera Eigus

Ilva Vera Eigus was born in Zurich in 2007 in a musical family and is growing up bilingual. She began playing violin at the age of three and a half and piano at five. Since summer 2011 Ilva is studying at the Zakhar Bron School of Music with Liana Tretyakova and since 2014 also with Professor Bron.

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Isabela Sun Martins

Isabela was born in Sao Paulo (Brazil) in 2007 in a Swiss-Taiwanese family.

At the age of four she started taking violin lessons with Fabienne Leresche Tönz. She has been studying with Romaine Bolinger at the Zakhar Bron School of Music since January 2014.

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Estelle Presler

Estelle Presler was born on September 16th 2010 in Zurich in a Swiss family.

She started playing violin at the age of 4 and joined the studio of Romaine Bollinger at the Zakhar Bron School of Music in August 2015. In one year Estelle has developed very fast and has already performed concertos by Rieding h-moll, Vivaldi a-moll and G-dur, Seitz G-dur and also many virtuoso pieces. Estelle loves to perform and at her young age has already appeared in many concerts.


Benjamin Branson

Benjamin Branson was born in 2009 in Zurich, in a British-Russian family. He started learning to play the piano at the age of 3 at the studio of Tatjana Samoilova and cello at the age of 5. Currently Ben is studying cello at the Zakhar Bron School of Music with Alexander Neustroev.

Benjamin is a prizewinner of the Zurich Youth Music Competition (2014) and Swiss Youth Music Competition (2016) in the category piano in four hands.

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Vera Pop-Lazarova

Vera Ruth Pop-Lazarova was born in the United States in 2008. Since 2013 Vera has been living in Morgarten, Switzerland. In 2014 she joined the Zug branch of the Zakhar Bron School of Music, studying with Romaine Bolinger.

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