ZBSM Summer Masterclass in St. Moritz

From July 15 to 20, the Zakhar Bron School of Music held its summer violin masterclass in St. Moritz, one of the most prestigious resorts in Switzerland.

For four consecutive years, the Zakhar Bron School of Music has held summer violin masterclasses, which attract young violinists from all over the world. This year the geography of our students included Switzerland, Italy, Latvia, UK and China.

The teachers of the masterclass:

  • Priya Mitchell, professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz (Аustria) and artistic director of the Oxford Chamber Music Festival
  • Liana Tretiakova, alumnus of professor Zakhar Bron, co-founder and leading teacher at the Zakhar Bron School of Music
  • Inna Khriplovich, violin teacher at the Zakhar Bron School of Music

During the six days of the masterclasses all our participants were receiving daily lessons and practiced intensively. As a result, their level has increased dramatically, which they have demonstrated at the closing concert.

Why we changed location

From 2016 until 2018 the school’s masterclasses were taking place in Menton, a resort town at the Côte d’Azur in France. During the 2018 edition of the masterclass day temperatures in Menton rose up to +38°C, which made it hard for the children to practice. Therefore, the decision was made to move the summer masterclass to the Swiss Alps.

St. Moritz is famous not only as one of the best skiing resorts in the world, but also as a welcoming home for various music festivals, concerts and masterclasses. The Laudinella Hotel was built in 1956 with a special goal of hosting musical events. Several conference halls with grand pianos, a beautiful concert hall, an opportunity for the participants to practice in their rooms from 9.00 to 21.00 and the day time temperature of around 20 degrees make it an ideal location for hosting summer masterclasses.

Closing Concert

The Closing Concert of the Masterclass 2019 took place in the beautiful hall of the Laudinella Hotel. Marc Senn opened the concert with the brilliant Prelude in E-major by Bach. Ilva Eigus performed two movements of the famous Mozart Concerto in B-major, and impressed the audience with the maturity of her interpretation. The young virtuosos Vlada Sabella and Nikita Koller presented Vivaldi’s Concerto in A-minor (2nd and 3rd movements) and Variations by Paganini. Our guests from Italy, Lena-Lisa Rosa and Nirmala Ciccone, played Vivaldi’s Concerto in G-major and the Romanian Ballade beautifully. Maurice Providoli from Basel had made a huge progress in his technique during the week of the masterclass and demonstrated it with the Malaguena by Sarasate. The virtuosic line of the concert was continued by Moe Zürcher, who performed the 1st movement of Lalo’s Spanish Symphony and Marc Senn, who closed the concert with the brilliant Concerto Nr. 5 by Henri Vieuxtemps.