Liana Tretiakova

Liana Tretiakova is a successful violin teacher and a founder of the Zakhar Bron School of Music in Zurich. Alumna of the legendary Professor Bron (at the Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid and the University of the Arts in Zurich) and his former assistant for 15 years, she has been working with young violinists from all over the world for almost 25 years.

Dedicated to her vocation of bringing up the next generation of classical musicians, in 2010 – together with her teacher – she founded the Zakhar Bron School of Music in Zurich (not-for-profit association). Since then she has been working as a leading violin teacher and a principal of the school – with a full support of her mentor, who kindly allowed the school to use his name to emphasize the very high standards of teaching.

Liana has a unique expertise in working with children (starting with the age of four) and guiding them from the very basics to the most complicated aspects of playing violin during the years of tuition. Her students have won dozens top prizes at various national and international competitions – including the 2nd prize at the Wieniawsky international competition in Poland and the 1st prize at the Nutcracker international competition in Russia (won by a Swiss participant for the first time in the 20-year history of the contest).

Performing at various acknowledged concerts and festivals – including the Menton Festival of Classical Music (Côte d’Azur, France), the Trans-Siberian Art Festival of Vadim Repin (Novosibirsk, Russia), famous international Swiss festival in Montreux and international Swiss festivals Zaubersee (Lucerne) and Bachwochen (Thun) – is a vital part of professional violin tuition for Liana’s most advanced students. The performance at the Trans-Siberian Art Festival in 2018 was even covered by ‘The Strad’, the world’s most popular magazine for professional musicians, and received a positive feedback:

“Sophie Branson, 11, and Ilva Eigus, 10, who study at the Zakhar Bron School of Music with Bron’s former assistant Liana Tretiakova, were two other young violinists to feature in the festival line-up. Their first appearance came alongside cellist Alexander Buzlov, the string players of the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and Repin himself in the world premiere of iGeneration, a ‘concerto grosso for violin, cello and two young violin soloists’ by Swiss composer Daniel Schnyder. Behind the slightly glib title lay a work of surprising complexity in which Eigus and Branson were pitted against the older musicians in angular dance motifs with jagged harmony that borrowed from bebop as much as from Bartók. The second and third movements saw the girls navigate fiendishly complex polyrhythms on which the orchestra members were depending for their cues, and which were delivered with a poise that belied the scale of the challenge”.

Liana’s students have also performed with chamber and symphony orchestras in Paris, London, Zurich and Moscow. She has given violin masterclasses in Switzerland, England, France, and China and – at the Maxim Vengerov String Academy 2019 – in Monaco. Since 2021, Liana is also acting as an external violin teacher at the PreCollege Music of the University of the Arts in Zurich.