Mila Gafner

All prize winners
First Prize
Nationality: Swiss
Instrument: Viola
Date of birth 2004/02/18
Promoted by EMCY, Epoche_f 2019

Mila Gafner started playing  viola at the age of 6 with professor Tina Strinning at the Conservatoire de Lausanne. At 7, she entered the Mininstrings, a String Ensemble that led her all over Switzerland, to Paris and to Budapest. In 2013, she started playing piano with Anna Benzakoun and founded the Bazar Quartet. Since 2016, she continued to study with professor Noémie Bialobroda at the Conservatoire de Lausanne, where she joined the pre-college degree in 2018.

In 2014 and 2016, she won the 1st prize at the Swiss Music Competition for Youth (SJMW) in ‘Viola Solo’ category and also with her quartet in the category ‘Chamber Music’. In 2018, she get the first prize in ‘Viola Solo’ at the Schweizerischer Jugendmusikwettbewerb (SJMW) CLASSICA.

Mila participates at some Masterclass, as in 2015 with Garth Knox, violist and composer, where she played his own compositions and the same year with Gilles Apap. In 2016, she had the chance to work with the Quatuor Sine Nomine in a chamber music masterclass and, the same year, to join the Academy Youth Classics where she studied with professor Matthias Buchholz. She performed also several times at the Suisse Radio RTS Espace 2.

Mila is regularly invited to play in numerous festivals, as in the Festival 4 Saisons in Lausanne (CH), where she played for three times :  in 2015 with her Quartet, in 2016 in a Solo Programm and in 2017 in a Duo formation Viola-Cello. In 2016, she played with her Quartet in the Festival Week-end Musical de Pully (CH) and in 2017 with her Duo in the Festival Musique & Patrimoine au Pays du Mont Blanc in France. In summer 2018 & 2019, she followed the AIMS String & Piano Academy in Solsona, Spain, with participation to a lot of concerts all over Catalonia (E).

Mila plays in three Orchestras : the Orchestre du Conservatoire de Lausanne, Amabilis and Les Solistes de Neuchâtel and works since 2019 in the String Trio Trio 42, together with Elena Morruzzi, violin and Clara Schlotz, cello.


If you are interested in working with Mila, please get in touch with the EMCY Office.



J. S. Bach, Suite No.1 for Cello arr. for Viola
J. S. Bach, Suite No.2 for Cello arr. for Viola
J. S. Bach, Suite No.3 for Cello arr. for Viola
B. Campagnoli, Caprices No. 17, 25, 31 and 32
F. Hoffmeister, Etude No.4
G. Knox, Etude No.8
M. Reger, Suite No.1
E. Un, Oy Giresum, Giris, Susss..Dinle Rüzgaru
M. Vieux, Etude No.1

With Piano

B. Bartok, Roumanian folk dances
J. Cervello, Tre pensieri
H. Eccles, Sonata in G Minor
F. Kreisler, Preludium and Allegro
N. Paganini, La Campanella
E. Pütz, Blues for Benni
C. Reinecke, Drei Phantasiestücke
F. Schubert, Sonata in A minor, Arpeggione
R. Schumann, Märchenbilder
T. Strinning, Tangorient
H. Vieuxtemps, Elégie Opus 30


E. Bloch, Concertino for Flute, Viola and String Orchestra
L. Smit, Concerto
K. Stamitz, Concerto in D Major
C. Weber, Andante e Rondo Ungarese

With Orchestra

J. S. Bach, Concerto for Oboe and Violin
G. Bizet, Habanera
A. Dvorak, Symphonie No.9
E. Elgar, Serenade for String Orchestra, Opus 20
G. Fauré, Cantique from Jean Racine
G. Fauré, Pavane, Opus 50
E. Grieg, Aus Holbergs Zeit
J. Haydn, Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra
A. Katchatourian, Adagio of Spartacus
D. Kabalewsky, Concerto No.3 for Piano
E. Lalo, Symphonie in G Minor
A. Marquez, Conga del Fuego
A. Marquez, Danzon No.2
D. Milhaud, Saudades do Brasil, Opus 67
W. Mozart, Concerto for Flute and Harp
M. Moussorgski, Pictures at an Exposition
W. Mozart, Symphonie No. 29
J. Offenbach, La belle Hélène
S. Prokofiev, Roméo and Juliette
S. Rachmaninov, Romanze and Scherzo for String Orchestra
M. Ravel, Pavane pour une infante défunte
G. Rossini, L’Italiana in Algeri Overture
D. Schostakovich, Preludio and Scherzo Op.11
R. Schumann, Concerto for Cello with String Orchestra
F. Schubert, Symphonie No.5
J. Sibelius, Finlandia
B. F. Suppe, Cavalleria leggera
P. Tchaikovsky, Nutcracker Suite, Opus 71
G. Verdi, Nabuchodonosor
A. Vivaldi, Le Quattro Stagioni

Chamber Music

L. van Beethoven, Duo for Viola and Cello in E flat
L. van Beethoven, Serenade Opus 25 for Trio Flute, Harp and Viola
A. Borodin, String Quartet No.2
E. Dohnanyi, Serenade for String Trio
E. Nordström, Appelbo Ganglat for String Quartet
D. Schostakowitsch, String Quartet No.6
D. Schostakovich, Two Pieces for String Octet
T. Strinning, Prélude for two Violas
G. Telemann, Concerto for 4 Viole No.1-No.4

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