Zakhar Bron is one of the few teachers worldwide who has created his own unique teaching system. More than one hundred students of Professor Zakhar Bron have earned prizes at international competitions. Among his students are Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Daishin Kashimoto, Latica Honda-Rosenberg, Melina Mandozzi, Michael Ovrutsky, Daniel Hope and Mayuko Kamio. All of them now rank among the elite of the world's violinists. The main concepts of Professor Bron’s school are: careful attention to the individual personality of the student, intensive development of the creative thinking process and support of continuous improvement both on musical and technical levels. Students learn a lot from Professor Bron's bright and creative interpretations and receive a strong impetus to develop their own potential and individual style.  All this, combined with an individual approach to each and every student characterizes Prof. Bron's teaching method, which has shown brilliant results over the course of many years.

Viktor Tretyakov, one of the world’s greatest violinists, can be called without exaggeration a symbol of the Russian violin school.

In 1966, at the age of 19 he won the first prize in the Third International Tchaikovsky Competition. Since then, Tretyakov has performed with almost every major orchestra in the world, including Berlin, Vienna, Moscow, St. Petersburg, London, Los Angeles, and Munich Philharmonic Orchestras, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Staatskapelle Dresden, Bamberg SO, NDR Hamburg, WDR Cologne, NHK Symphony, the Kirov Orchestra, the Concertgebouw Orhestra of Amsterdam, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, and symphony orchestras of Chicago, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Atlanta, Detroit, San Francisco, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and many others.

He has worked with conductors including Rostropovich, Ormandy, Temirkanov, Alekseev, Jochum, Krips, Gergiev, Fedoseyev, Maazel, Kempe, Jansons, Järvi, Levine, Mehta, von Dohnanyi, Penderecki, Previn, and Kondrashin.
Tretyakov’s unique style which is supported by impeccable technique and deep musical insight, created by an expressive phrasing, and his incredible stage energy attract a great number of music lovers all over the world.

An active chamber musician, Tretyakov has performed together with Mstislav Rostropovich, Svyatoslav Richter, the Borodin Quartet, Oleg Kagan, David Geringas, Evgeny Kissin, and Elisabeth Leonskaja. Together with Vassily Lobanov, Yuri Bashmet, and Natalia Gutman, he has formed a piano quartet, in which he performs regularly. Their performances include concerts in Moscow, Berlin, Munich, Istanbul, Paris, Athens, Lisbon, and Copenhagen.

For many years, Viktor Tretyakov was a Professor at the Moscow State Conservatory, continuing the tradition of his legendary teacher, Yury Yankelevich. From 1986 to 1994, he was the jury president of the International Tchaikovsky Competition. Additionally, he has served as a jury member of competitions in Brussels, Hanover, Sendai, Moscow, Helsinki, Zagreb, and many others. In 1996, he accepted a teaching position at the University of Cologne, Germany (Musikhochschule Koeln). His notable students include Ilya Kaler, Natalia Likhopoi, Evgeny Bushkov, Sergei Stadler, and Daniel Austrich. From 1983 to 1991 Mr. Tretyakov was an artistic director and conductor of the Russian State Chamber Orchestra.

Viktor Tretyakov was granted the highest awards of Russia: People’s Artist of the USSR; Prize for the encouragement of achievements in art and literature “Triumph”; Shostakovich Prize, awarded by the Yuri Bashmet International Charitable Foundation; the Glinka State Prize, and the Order of Service to the Homeland.
Mr. Tretyakov plays a 1772 Nicolo Gagliano violin.

A pupil of Rostropovich and gold-medal winner at the 1970 Tchaikovsky Competition, David Geringas can now look back on a career that has spanned decades.

His discography, which now features almost one hundred CDs, includes many that have been honoured with prestigious prizes including the Grand Prix du Disque, the Diapason d’Or and the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. In 2013 David Geringas received the Echo Klassik award for the best chamber music recording of works from the 20th-21st centuries and in 2014 for the best chamber music recording of works from the 19th century.

One important facet of his career as a performer has been the release of outstanding CDs. Between 2008 and 2011 eight new CDs were released. Among them are two world-premieres (David’s Song and Discorsi), works for piano and cello by Rachmaninoff, Mendelssohn and Chopin as well as the complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven with the pianist Ian Fountain – a recording which was named “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone magazine.

The CD of the cycle Bach Plus that includes all six Bach Suites for Cello and highlights by various contemporary composers was released in October 2011.

Well-known contemporary composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Ned Rorem, Pēteris Vasks and Erkki-Sven Tüür have dedicated cello concerti to him. In 2012 David Geringas performed three world premieres – Arvydas Malcys’ concerto In Memoriam in Kaunas, the Concerto per Violoncello by Silvia Colasanti in Milan and the Cello Concerto by Alexander Raskatov in Amsterdam.

As a conductor, David Geringas performs regularly internationally and appears frequently in the dual role of cellist and conductor. From 2005 to 2008 he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Kyushu Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2007 he made his debuts with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra und the China Philharmonic Orchestra. In February 2009 he made his debut as a conductor with the Moscow Philharmonic in Moscow and in 2015 with the Mariinsky Orchestra in St Petersburg. His opera conducting debut followed in 2010 with Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in Klaipeda (Lithuania). In 2015 David Geringas made his acclaimed debut as a music director and conductor of the ballet Eglė, the Queen of Grass Snakes by Eduardas Balsys in Vilnius.

For decades David Geringas has taught a world-famous cello class which has produced such cello stars as Gustav Rivinius, Jens-Peter Maintz, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Monika Leskovar, Tatjana Vassiljeva, Jing Zhao, Johannes Moser, Maximilian Hornung and Sol Gabetta.

For his championing of Lithuanian music and composers, David Geringas has won the highest awards of his homeland. He was awarded the Verdienstkreuz (1st class) by Germany.

David Geringas is honorary professor at the Moscow Conservatoire and at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, as well as having received an honorary doctorate from the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy. In the winter term of 2014–2015 David Geringas was a guest professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and at the Manhattan School of Music in New York.

Born in Israel, Yair Kless began playing the violin at the early age. He graduated from Tel Aviv Music Academy, under the tutelage of Israel Amidan. Following a recommendation from Nathan Milstein, Yair moved to Brussels to study with Prof. Andre Gertler in the Royal conservatory and Chapelle- Musicale Reine-Elizabeth, graduating with the highest distinction in both instrumental and chamber music.

Yair quickly became a well known soloist performer and chamber player. His vast repertoire ranges from Baroque to Modern, including premieres of works, some of which were written especially for or dedicated to him.

Yair was one of the founders and first violinist of the Sol-La-Re string quartet, recording among others, major works by Israeli composers. He was a member of the "Israeli Baroque Players" which toured extensively around the world, such as participating at the prestigious Salzburg Festival. Other ensembles and groups include the "Tel-Aviv piano quartet", USA based "New Art Trio", Modus Trio, Modus Ensemble and many international projects and festivals. He enjoys collaborating with his son Eyal, in Duo violin repertoire.​

Yair has performed the majority of sonata repertoire, collaborating with outstanding musical partners, such as Nadia Reisenberg, Pnina Salzman, Shoshana Rudiakov, Arie Vardi, Victor Derevianko, Frank Wibout, Victor Yampolski and Pascal Sigrist.​

Apart from chamber music activities, Yair holds a career as soloist, having more than 30 violin concertos in his repertoire.
As one of the most prominent teachers in the world today, many of Yair's students have reached successful solo and chamber careers, winning prizes in the competitions and holding key teaching and performing positions.

Yair Kless sees great importance in educating and developing future violin teachers. He has initiated, created, and run for the last few decades a Tel Aviv University program that includes theoretical and practical classes, which focuses on fundamental principles of instrumental teaching.

Born in 1947 in southwest Germany. Studied at the Academies of Music in Stuttgart and Detmold under Tibor Varga. Violist with Stuttgart’s Sьdfunk Symphony Orchestra and with the Tibor Varga Chamber Orchestra.

Since 1971 he has been a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker, becoming a soloist in 1984. Since its foundation in 1976 he has been a member of the Brandis Quartet. Orchestras he has appeared with include the Philharmonische Oktett Berlin, the Philharmonische Sextett Berlin, the Philharmonic Camerata, the Philharmonic Friends of Vienna and Berlin, the Philharmonic Virtuosi and other Ensembles of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Cyprien Katsaris Piano Quintet, the World Orchestra for Peace (conductors Sir Georg Solti and Valery Gergiev) and the Trio Berlin (which he founded, 1997 European Chamber Music Award from the European Parliament).

In 2005 he became a founding member of Philharmonic Sinfonietta Berlin. Gives international master classes regularly at the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg and has an extensive discography. He teaches at the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Since 2001 he has been a professor of viola and chamber music at the Berlin University of the Arts. He is also a guest professor in Belgrade. Many of his former students are members of renowned European Orchestras in Berlin, Vienna, Munich and Amsterdam.

In 1978 Máté Szücs was born in Hungary into a musical family: his father being a composer, conductor and university professor; his mother an opera singer and also a professor at the university.

Máté Szücs started his musical career at the age of five playing the violin. In his teens he won prizes as a chamber musician as well as a violinist.

During the 1990s he lived in Brussels, where he changed from the violin to the viola winning more prizes, e.g. in 1998 as a finalist in the "Jean Francaix Competition" in Paris, and he was named a laureate in the international "Tenuto Competition" in Brussels.

At the beginning of the millennium Máté Szücs performed with the "Con Spirito" piano quartet in Belgium for two years. Worked as a solo player with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders, as solo violist with the Bamberger Symphoniker and the Staatskapelle Dresden in Germany, Solo viola player in the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra. He has a very active career as soloist - he recently played Mozart´s Sinfonia Concertante with Frank Peter Zimmermann - and chamber musician as well.

Today Máté Szücs is solo violist with the Berlin Philharmonic.

Máté's coaching and performances at the Thy Chamber Music Festival are always remarkable, and we are pleased that he will return in 2016.