“The new star in the classical music sky” (Blick)
“Stupendous technical and musical mastery” (Altstadt Kurier)
“A chameleon-like variety of sound” (The Strad)
Ilva Eigus, the fifteen-year-old daughter of a mathematician from Latvia and a Swiss jazz musician, is currently a student at the PreCollege of the Zurich University of the Arts and at the K&S Gymnasium Rämibühl. She began playing the violin at the age of three and a half and has been studying with Liana Tretiakova at the Zakhar Bron School of Music since 2011. Ilva also plays the piano and attends the Musikschule Konservatorium Zürich (MKZ)in the class of Dmitry Demyashkin.
At the age of six Ilva had her performance debut at the invitation of the Swiss Foundation for the Promotion of Musically Gifted Children. Her orchestral debut – a performance of the Kabalewski Violin Concerto with a symphony orchestra – followed at the age of eight. Since then she has performed dozens of times both in Switzerland and abroad, including many concerts with chamber and symphony orchestras such as Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Tchaikovsky (UK), Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, State Capella “Sonorus” in Minsk, Belarus, and has acquired a considerable repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music.
The geography of her performances outside Switzerland extends to countries such as France, Germany, Italy, UK, Russia, Austria, Poland, Latvia, Belarus, Monaco and Uzbekistan. Ilva has performed in various philharmonic halls and such prestigious venues as the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Château de Chillon in Montreux, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, the Bolshoi Theatre and the House of Music in Moscow.
In 2017 and 2018 Ilva performed in a concert series by young performers at the Jean Cocteau Museum in Menton – as the youngest participant in the 70-year history of the Festival de Musique in the South of France. In 2018, Ilva performed at the Trans-Siberian Art Festival alongside Vadim Repin, Alexander Buzlov and Sophie Branson in a world premiere of the Concerto Grosso “iGeneration” by the Swiss composer Daniel Schnyder as well as Prokofiev’s “Cinderella” with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Novosibirsk.
In 2022 Ilva performed as a soloist with the Camerata Tchaikovsky, London, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and the Musikkollegium Winterthur. As a recipient of a special prize of the 2022 Swiss National Youth Music Competition (SJMW), she played alongside the members of the Camerata Zurich in the Tonhalle Zurich.
Ilva has won first prizes and special awards at national and international music competitions, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Most recently, she became the first Swiss to win the 1st prize at the international "Nutcracker" TV competition in Moscow in 2020 and received the 2nd prize at the Wieniawski-Lipinski Violin Competition in Lublin, Poland in 2021.
Ilva regularly attends violin lessons with the internationally renowned violin teacher Prof. Zakhar Bron in Zurich and at his Academy in Interlaken. She gained further inspiration at master classes given by professors and violinists such as Maxim Vengerov, Daniel Hope, Viktor Tretiakov, Latica Honda-Rosenberg, Henning Kraggerud, Sayaka Shoji, Boris Garlitsky, Alexandra Soumm, Esther Hoppe, Priya Mitchell, Natalia Lomeiko as well as cellist Claire Oppert and pianist Roustem Saïtkoulov.
Ilva has been supported by Fritz Gerber Stiftung, Stiftung Ruth und Ernst Burkhalter, Stiftung Lyra, Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation and Kiwanis Club Zollikon. Since Summer 2022 she plays Omobono Stradivari 1707 on generous loan from Stradivari-Stiftung Habisreutinger.
Ilva's great passion is chamber music and in her free time – photography and figure skating.
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