In the beginning of June three our advanced violinists debuted at the ‘Summer Serenades’ concert with the Camerata Tchaikovsky chamber orchestra at St Mark's Church in London. Three months later four other advanced ZBSM students performed with the Camerata at the ‘Autumn Serenades’ concert at the same church.
At the Zakhar Bron School of Music we consider performing at concerts – and especially at concerts with orchestras – as a vital part of the music education. Therefore every academic school year all our students have the ability to perform at several concerts. The higher the level of the students, the higher is the level of the concerts trey are offered to perform at. For our most advanced students we organize concerts with chamber and philharmonic orchestras – in Switzerland and abroad.
In 2022 our advanced violinists performed in London for the first time in the school 12-year long history, and they have also performed for the first time with the Camerata Tchaikovsky chamber orchestra. What is truly amazing is that two concerts have already been given in London this year: the ‘Summer Serenades’ in June, and the ‘Autumn Serenades’ – in September.
The summer concert was opened by Nina Gringolts, who played three pieces by Igor Stravinsky from the Italian Suite. This was followed by Sophie Branson’s performance of The Carmen Fantasy by Pablo de Sarasate – the fantasy for violin and orchestra on the opera ‘Carmen’ by Georges Bizet. Next Sophie played the ‘Nigun’ (a Jewish prayer) from the ‘Baal Shem’ for Violin Solo and Orchestra by Ernest Bloch. And after that Ilva Eigus played ‘Tzigane’ by Maurice Ravel and ‘Havanaise’ by Camille Saint-Saëns. In the conclusion of the concert the orchestra performed the ‘String Serenade’ by Antonin Dvorak.
The autumn concert was opened by Lena-Lisa Rosa opened the concert with Vivaldi’s ‘Summer’ from the famous ‘Four Seasons’. This was followed by Vivaldi’s ‘Winter’ performed by Kimia Corke. Next Nikita Koller played two pieces by Paganini – Cantabile and La Campanella. Finally, Alexandra Taub performed ‘Havanaise’ by Camille Saint-Saëns and ‘Melodie’ by Tchaikovsky. The autumn concert was closed by Tchaikovsky’s ‘String Serenade’ which was played by the orchestra alone.
Nina Gringolts, Sophie Branson, Ilva Eigus, Kimia Corke, Nikita Koller and Alexandra Taub are students of Liana Tretiakova, our leading violin teacher, co-founder and vice-president of the school; Lena-Lisa Rosa is a student of Inna Khriplovich, a very dedicated ZBSM violin teacher. All of these students are prize winners at numerous national and international competitions and want to become professional musicians in the future.