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Odessa Classics: Zakhar Bron


We are starting acquaintance with the participants of the parallel programme of Odessa Classics festival. Master classes by Zakhar Bron as part of Odessa Classics Festival will be held from June 7 to June 9, 2021 at the Odessa Special Stolyarsky Music School.


The genius violinist and legendary teacher Zakhar Bron will again hold a master class as part of the Odessa Classics festival in the Big Concert Hall of the Odessa Special Stolyarsky Music School.

Zakhar Bron was born on December 17, 1947 in an evacuation in the city of Uralsk (Kazakhstan). Before the war, his parents lived in the town of Romanivka (Moldova).

Zakhar Bron is known not only as an outstanding teacher who brought up a galaxy of genius violinists, including Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Daniel Hope, David Garrett, Arkady Gutnikov, Mayuko Kamio and others, but also as a soloist performing around the world in major concert halls.

My dad’s job was related to business trips. He worked as an engineer at a defense plant, and so he had a business trip: Saratov – Moscow – Leningrad and Odessa. And in each of these cities, he showed me in musical decades. And in Odessa, my parents went to such a heroic act: at the age of 6 I was left alone in my unkle’s family.

Zakhar Bron

He studied violin skills at the Odessa Special Stolyarsky Music School with a wonderful teacher Artur Zisserman, then at the Moscow Music School named after the Gnesins in the class of Boris Goldstein. Having entered the Moscow State Conservatory, he was admitted to the class of Igor Oistrakh, and later became his assistant.

After Zakhar Bron finished his postgraduate studies, distribution followed, and at that time there were two options for Bron, Sverdlovsk and Novosibirsk. As you can imagine, the choice fell on Novosibirsk. And on August 20, 1974, Zakhar Nukhimovich enters the Siberian land. And it so happened that on this day his future student Maxim Vengerov was born. Zakhar Bron was detained in Novosibirsk for 14 years.

My distribution to Novosibirsk was fateful. If at that time I had stayed in Moscow, I would not have received these students or these opportunities … … I had ideas. But! No matter how hard I worked to bring these ideas to perfection, if I hadn’t come across such talents as five-year-old Vadik Repin

Zakhar Bron
Tikhon Khrennikov, Vadim Repin and Zakhar Bron

He, perhaps, unexpectedly for himself, began to engage in pedagogy and at the end of the 70s in Novosibirsk he built the foundation of his own school, today known all over the world. He managed to create his own systemic methodology for educating young talent, which allows him to maximally reveal the individuality of the student, and then the personality of the violinist-performer.

As soon as the “Perestroika” began, the genius music teacher was noticed abroad. He was offered several teaching positions in various music colleges in Europe. In 1989, Bron, along with Maxim Wengerov, Vadim Repin and several of his students, moved to Germany and received German citizenship. Scholarships for his best students were his main condition for employment at the Lübeck Higher School of Music. His move to Europe and incredibly successful teaching became a sensation in the world violin community, and Zakhar Bron became and remains the most popular violin teacher in the world.

Three generations of violinists of the same school performed at the Trans-Siberian Art Festival: Zakhar Bron, his most famous student Vadim Repin, who is not even 18 years old. 2015.
Elli Choi, the Young student of Zakhar Bron, has performed extensively throughout the US, Europe and the Middle East. 2015

Since 1997, Bron has been a professor at the Higher School of Music in Cologne. Since 2002 he has been a professor at the Zurich University of Music. In October 2013, the Zakhar Bron Academy was opened in Interlaken, Switzerland ( Zakhar Bron Akademie), which hosts master classes for young violinists from around the world.

In the past few years, Zakhar Bron has performed with concerts all over the world. He played in the largest concert halls: the Hall of Viennese Music Association, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and others. He has taught at the Novosibirsk Conservatory, the Lübeck Academy of Music, the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music, the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Cologne University of Music and the Reina Sofía School Of Music.

Zakhar Bron and Vadim Repin at the Trans-Siberian Art Festival

Professor Bron is a permanent member of the jury of many international competitions and holds the title of Honorary Professor of various conservatories in Japan, Poland, Bulgaria and Russia.

His students from Russia, Japan (the violin academy bears his name in Yokohama), Germany, Great Britain – this list can be multiplied indefinitely – play, teach, record discs and multiply the legendary worldwide fame of their guru, sensei, but most of all “Teacher” – Zakhar Bron is rightfully so.

Zakhar Bron, among others, is a laureate of the Venyavsky International Violin Competitions in Poznan and the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels. Bron is also the holder of the German Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Verdienstkreuz am Bande der Bundesrepublik Deutschland) and the Spanish Civil Order of Alfonso X, the Wise.