Master class

Zakhar Bron teaches Brahms: Violin Concerto (first two movements)

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Zakhar Bron — Teacher, violinist

Vilde Frang — Violinist (student)

Noah Bendix-Balgley — Violinist (student)

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Talented Zakhar Bron performs one of the most brilliant works for violin ever written.

Zakhar Bron was born in Oral, Kazakhstan. At eight years old, he started to learn music in Russia's most prestigious music schools. He began he studies at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscou in 1966, under the direction of maestro Igor Oistrakh until 1971, and then started his teaching career as the assistant of Igor Oistrakh at the Conservatory until 1974. All along his career, he focused on teaching, at the Lübeck Academy, at the Royal Academy of Arts (London), at the Rotterdam Conservatory, and at the Queen Sofía College of Music (Madrid), where he still gives lessons today.

In this masterclass, he shows his pedagogical qualities, teaching the first two movements of Brahms's violin concerto. This Major score of the German Romantic repertoire distinguished itself with a very technical violin part, considered "almost unplayable." Brahms composed it for his friend Joseph Joachim, great violin virtuoso. Melodic richness and orchestral splendour have made of this work a really popular one, actually a masterpiece of the 19th century Viennese music.

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