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ARIANA BRONNE 1924 – 2011

March 11, 2011 at 7:35 PM


 Ariana Bronne, a celebrated violinist during the 1950's and teacher to hundreds of violin students, died Wendesday, March 9, 2011 at St. Luke’s hospital following a long illness. She was 86 years old.

 Born in New York City, Ms. Bronne studied exclusively with her father, the renowned Russian violin pedagogue Raphael Bronstein. At the age of 10 she was encouraged to pursue a solo career by Jascha Heiftez, who had been her father's classmate at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. Sponsored by the Society to Aid Young Musicians, she gave her Carnegie Hall recital debut at the age of 13.  Subsequently, she appeared in recitals and as soloist with orchestras around the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Copenhagen Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, and Vienna Philharmonic.  She also concertized extensively as a member of the Columbia Concert Trio and the Manhattan Trio.

 First as the assistant to her father, then as a teacher in her own right, Bronne had taught at the Manhattan School of Music for over 30 years. She had also served on the faculties of the Hartt School of Music – University of Hartford and the Mannes College of Music, and gave master classes throughout the world. One of her students, Elmar Oliveira, was the only American violinist to ever win the Gold Medal at the prestigious Tchaikovsky International Competition and many others went on to join major orchestras.

 Ms. Bronne is survived by three children, and by two grandchildren. No services are planned at this time. 

A tribute page will be added to the Manhattan School of Music website. If you would like to share your thoughts about Miss Bronne and/or photos, please email John K. Blanchard
Director of Alumni Affairs, at

From Tanaeya McCoy
Posted on March 12, 2011 at 4:24 PM

awwww... I put my hat down to a great teacher.

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