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.
Romane has won 1st prizes at the Swiss National Youth Music Competition in 2007, the Vatelot-Rampal Competition in Paris in 2009 and Paolo Serrano International Competition in Italy in 2011. She is also a prizewinner at the Flame Competition in Paris 2014.
At 14 years old Romane appeared as a soloist with the „Amici dell-arte“ orchestra, performing W.A. Mozart’s G major concerto in the series „Young Virtuosos“. In December 2015 Romane performed at the „Ecole Violinissimo“ Gala concert in Geneva.
Romane plays a fine Italian violin by Gatti 1894 and is supported by the Fritz Gerber Foundation.
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).
In Mai 2015 Aurora became a prizewinner at the International Crescendo Competition in Geneva. At the moment Aurora has in her repertoire such compositions as Handel’s 6th Violin Sonata, Veracini Sonata, 1st Concerto by Bruch, Fantasie and Appassionate by Vieuxtemps and also Tarantella by Vieuxtemps.
Aurora performs regularly in concerts in Zurich, Zug, Kreuzlingen, Menton (France) and Lichtenstein. In 2013 Aurora made her debut as a soloist with orchestra, performing Bach’s Concerto for 2 violins with orchestra in d minor in Kreuzlingen.
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.
Sophie also enjoys playing the piano. She is a prizewinner of the Zurich Music Competition and Swiss Youth Music Competition in the categories solo piano and piano in four hands.
Sophie participates at the Masterclass of Prof. Zakhar Bron in Zurich and performs at the School’s concerts around Switzerland.
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.
He is also studying improvisation in the gallant style of the 18th century with Tobias Cramm. Alexander performs on violin and piano in concerts in Switzerland and Italy and has won many prizes at the Swiss National and International Competitions on both instruments.
On the violin Alexander has won:
– 2nd prize at the Luigi Zanuccoli International Competition, 2015
– 1st prize with honors at the first round of the Swiss National Youth Music Competition in 2016.
On the piano Alexander has won:
– 2nd prize at the Piano Talents International Competition in Milan, 2014
– 1st prize at the first round of Swiss National Youth Music Competition, 2015
– 1st prize at the Robert Schumann Competition in Lugano, 2015
– 2nd prize at the Final of the Swiss National Youth Music Competition, 2015
– 1st prize at the International Piano Competition Talents in Cavanese, 2015
– 1st prize at the International Piano Competition „Nice Côte d’Azur”, 2015
– 1st prize at the Zurich Youth Music Competition, 2015
Alexander is attending the Terra Nova School. He speaks Italian, German and English and enjoys different hobbies, such as reading, swimming and playing tennis.
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.
In addition, Ilva attends a piano class of Dmitri Demyashkin at the Zurich Conservatory MKZ and regular improvisation lessons in the 18th century galant style with Tobias Cramm.
Ilva is an extraordinarily quick learner and enjoys all of the music activities wholeheartedly and with equal passion. In 2014 Ilva was invited to give a recital by the Swiss Foundation for Musically Gifted Children. In 2015 Ilva took part in her first violin competition in Florence, where she received three prizes: the first prize with honor in her age group, the Best Violinist award across all ages (from 6 to 30 years old) as well as the Young Soloist prize, which allowed Ilva to give several recitals in Italy in the 2015/2016 concert season. In February 2016 Ilva won the first prize in the category 8-10 years old at the Rising Stars competition in Riga, Latvia and has been selected by the Spivakov Foundation to perform at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in June 2016.
Ilva’s most important concerts of last year include performances in the historic Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, in the Latvian Philharmonic Hall and appearing as a soloist with the symphony orchestra of the Pskov Philharmonic under the baton of the conductor Arif Dadashev (Moscow). Her repertoire includes concertos of Vivaldi, Bach, Beriot, Kabalevsky and works by Stravinsky, Kreisler, Wieniawski and Shostakovitch, among others.
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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.
Isabela has participated in many concerts and solo performances at various charity events in Taipei, Locarno, Zurich, Zug and Lenzerheide.
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 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.
Benjamin attends the Rietberg Montessori School in Zürich and speaks German, English and Russian.
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.
Vera studied previously at the Music School of Oberaegeri, where she participated in an octet that won a first-place prize in a Young Musicians’ Competition sponsored by Rotary International.
In addition Vera has been studying piano for three years. Vera enjoys playing at concerts as a soloist and in a Duo with her brother.