Zakhar Bron

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Zakhar Bron
БРОН Захар Нухимович.jpg
Background information
Native name Заха́р Ну́химович Брон
Born (1947-12-17) 17 December 1947 (age 70)
Oral, Kazakhstan
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) Violinist
Instruments Violin

Zakhar Bron (Russian: Заха́р Ну́химович Брон [zɐxˈar nʊˈximəvʲitɕ ˈbron];[1] born 17 December 1947, in Oral, Kazakhstan) is a Russian violinist and violin pedagogue of Jewish descent.[2]

His students have included Vadim Repin,[3][4] Gwendolyn Masin, Daniel Hope, Maxim Vengerov,[5] Vadim Gluzman, Igor Malinovsky, Denis Goldfeld, Daishin Kashimoto, Tamaki Kawakubo, Mayuko Kamio, Mayu Kishima, Soyoung Yoon, Christoph Seybold,[6] Sayaka Shoji, Nikolai Madoyev and David Garrett.

Bron studied with Boris Goldstein.[7] Before he was well-known, he taught privately in Novosibirsk. Since then, he has taught at the Royal Academy of Music in London,[8] the Conservatory of Rotterdam, the Musikhochschule Lübeck and the Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid. In 1997, he took up a position at the Cologne Musikhochschule.


Bron has attracted controversy because of accusations that violin competitions have unduly favoured his students with awards.[9] In February 2018, Fabio Luisi resigned as chairman of the 2018 Paganini Competition, in protest at his perceived imposition of judges such as Bron by the Italian cultural official Elisa Serafini.[10][11] According to British music critic Norman Lebrecht, "long ago and far away in Siberia, [Bron] taught young Vadim Repin and Maxim Vengerov. On the back of their fame, Bron often judges competitions where his pupils come out top."[7] In a competition that Bron founded himself, his own students won five of the six prizes.[7]


  • The Way They Play. (by Samuel Applebaum and Mark Zilberquit) Book 14. Paganinia Publication Inc., 1986, pp. 65–114


  1. ^ Zakhar Bron pronounced in Russian
  2. ^ "Being educated by the phenomenal Zakhar Bron is equivalent to winning the lottery", Daniel Hope: Wann darf ich klatschen, 2009, p 148
  3. ^ All Things Strings: Cover Story Archived 2005-12-02 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Inaugural Concert Announced Archived 2005-11-21 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Kennedy Center: Biographical information for Maxim Vengerov
  6. ^ Christoph Seybold, Biography
  7. ^ a b c Lebrecht, Norman (2018-06-23). "You vote for my pupil, I'll vote for yours – the truth about music competitions". The Spectator. Retrieved 2018-06-23. 
  8. ^ Unknown author. "Zakhar Bron". Poland: Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society of Poznan. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  9. ^ Rebecca Schmid (2015-02-01). "International Boris Goldstein Violin Competition responds to criticism". The Strad. Retrieved 2018-05-06. 
  10. ^ Matteo Macor (2018-02-01). "Scontro sul Premio Paganini Luisi rompe con il Comune". La Repubblica. Retrieved 2018-04-14. 
  11. ^ Giulia Mietta (2018-02-01). "Terremoto sul premio Paganini, Fabio Luisi contro Elisa Serafini. Il maestro lascia la direzione". Genova24. Retrieved 2018-05-06. 

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