Professor Zakhar BronHonorary President, Violin

Professor Zakhar Bron is considered to be one of the best violin teachers in the world. Only a few teachers today are in such high demand as Professor Bron, who is currently working in several highly prestigious institutions around the world.

Zakhar Bron is a virtuoso violinist, who is famous above all for his teaching method. His whole life is dedicated to the training of the next generation of concert violinists (without fatigue, sometimes up to 14 hours a day!). His reputation as an outstanding violin teacher became established when his students Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov and Daniel Hope became famous around the world.

Zakhar Bron started his violin studies at the Stolyarksy School in Odessa, then continued at the Gnessin Music College in Moscow with Boris Goldstein and at Moscow Conservatory with Igor Oistrakh, for whom Zakhar Bron also worked as an assistant. Upon completion of his studies Zakhar Bron performed as a soloist and started teaching. From 1974 until 1988 he worked at the Novosibirsk Conservatory. In 1988 Zakhar Bron moved to Germany and since then has been teaching in various musical institutions across Europe, including the Zurich University of the Arts. Apart from teaching Zakhar Bron appears frequently as a soloist and has recorded and released many CDs and DVDs. For his outstanding work Zakhar Bron has been awarded the highest honors in Russia, Germany and Spain: in 1998 he received the Verdienstkreuz am Bande der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, in 2001 became a Peoples Artist of Russia, and in 2006 received La Orden Civil de Alfonso X el Sabio in Spain.

At the Zakhar Bron School of Music Professor Bron is nurturing a new generation of talented violinists.

Currently Professor Zakhar Bron teaches at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid and at the Zakhar Bron Academy in Interlaken. He gives masterclasses in USA, South America, Asia and Europe and is developing many exciting projects with the Interlaken Classics since 2010. As a soloist Professor Bron performs on the most important stages around the world and also adjudicates prestigious international competitions (Poznan, Shanghai and Monte Carlo among others).