The opening ceremony of the 2016 Zurich Challenge will start at 6 pm with, among other, a musical performance of three famous musician:

ilya gringoltsIlya Gringolts will play the Stradivari and is, according to Financial Times, "one of the most inspirational violinists today". He's born in 1982 in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad) Gringolts and studied violin there with Tatiana Liberova and Jeanna Metallidi. Afterwards, he attended the Juilliard School, and studied violin with Itzhak Perlman for 3 years.

Gringolts is currently on the music faculty of the "Zürcher Hochschule der Künste". In addition to the modern violin, he has a continued commitment to period-instrument performance. He founded the Gringolts Quartet in 2008 and plays first violin in the quartet. Gringolts plays the "ex-Kiesewetter" Stradivarius violin, loaned to him by the Stradivari Society of Chicago.


bors andrianovBoris Andrianov is also one of the most gifted Russian musicians of his generation. He has gained his reputation thanks to his successful performances at: the XIth International Tschaikovsky Competition (Moscow, 1998) - the third prize and a bronze medal; International Cello Antonio Janigro Competition (Zagreb, Croatia) - the first prize and all the special prizes. Andrianov's talent was recognized by well-known musicians, such as Mstislav Rostropovich and Daniil Shafran who said:"Boris Andrianov is probably one of the most talented cellists of Russia at present."
Since 2005 Boris plays on Montagnana cello from Russian State Collection.


illarionovDmitry Illarionov is one of the most talented guitarists of modern Russia, who, despite his youth is already being called "a virtuoso of extra class." He was born in 1979 in Chisinau. At the age of seven years began studying classical guitar. According to Illarionov, this passion has come "by itself" as a family of musicians has never been.

Illarionov is the winner and laureate of numerous international competitions in the USA, Spain, Poland, Belgium, the Czech Republic and Russia. These include the Grand Prix in the VI International Promotional Competition "Guitar Talents' Review" (Gdańsk, Poland - 1999) and the title of "The Greatest Hope" in the "Tenth Gdańsk Meeting of Guitarists"; First Prize and Prize of Public in the VIII International Guitar Competition in Coria (Spain - 2004); First Prize in the Russian International Guitar Competition - "Guitar in Russia" in Voronezh (Russia - 2002).