Preserving Traditions

Our school continues the rich traditions of the Russian violin school, to whose most renowned performers and teachers Professor Zakhar Bron belongs without any doubt.

At the beginning of the Russian violin tradition stands Leopold Auer, who was invited to Russia in 1868 to be a Professor at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, where he worked for 49 years. During that period, collaborating with great Russian musicians, such as Tchaikovsky, Glazunov and Rimsky-Korsakov, Auer formed his musical and aesthetic views. It is in Russia that Auer shaped his violin playing method, which later gained the name “Russian Violin School”. In 1917 Auer immigrated to USA, which widened the reach of the Russian Violin School.

Auer’s work made a huge impact on musicians not only in St. Petersburg, but throughout the whole country. Another famous Russian violin teacher, Pyotr Stolyarsky, started his teaching career in the far away city of Odessa in 1911. He opened the first Special Music School for Gifted Children in Russia (and may be the first in the world), where students had the opportunity to dedicate themselves to music, combining general education with extensive music lessons on a daily basis. Later this school earned the nick name “talent factory”. David Oistrakh and Boris Goldstein, brilliant violinists and Professors in Moscow, both came out of this School. By a lucky twist of fate 50 years later young Zakhar Bron, yearning to master the violin, became their student. Not only did he absorb everything developed by the previous generations of violinists, he expanded it and has made his own great impact on violin teaching first in Russia and then around the world.