At the Swiss Youth Music Competition on March 16 and 17, 2018 Ilva Eigus and Aurora Gächter both won a first prize with distinction.
Ilva played the Gavotte from J.S. Bach’s 3rd Partita and the first movement of the Violin Concerto in B-minor by Camille Saint-Saëns. The Jury praised the maturity of Ilva’s sound and her deep understanding of the music she performed. Also at the music school in Winterthur and in the same category as Ilva (ages 8-10), Benjamin Branson won a second prize for his performance of Vivaldi’s Sonata in E-minor and the Elephant from the Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns. Aurora played in the second category (ages 11-13) in Liechtenstein – without the support of her teacher Liana Tretyakova who was already on her way to Russia with other students. Aurora played the Sarabande from the 2nd Partita for violin solo by J.S. Bach and, accompanied by Yana Eismann on the piano, the 3rd movement of the Violin Concerto in G-minor by Max Bruch.