Pavel Vernikov, a student of David Oistrach and Semyon Snitkowsky, gained a reputation as virtuoso violinist more than twenty years ago. Among other prizes he won the International ARD Violin Competition in Munich and the Grand Prix at the International Violin Competition ‘Vittorio Gui’ in Florence. He has appeared at such prestigious venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, La Salle Gaveau in Paris, La Scala in Milan and Santa Cecilia in Rome.
For the last 30 years he has been a member of the Tchaikovsky Trio. Vernikovs artistic partners have included Sviatoslav Richter, James Galway, Alain Meunier, Oleg Kagan, Patrick Gallois, Maria Tipo, Natalia Gutman, Yuri Bashmet, Elisso Virsaladze and Anthony Pay. He inaugurated the ‘Russian Academy of Higher Learning’ in Portogruaro and was the Artistic Director of the Gubbio Music Festival, the Dubrovnik Chamber Music Festival and the Eilat Chamber Music Festival.
He teaches and gives master classes around the world, in Italy, France, Finland, Spain (Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia Madrid), Israel (Rubin Academy), Germany (Kronberg Academy), etc. and has been invited to be a member of the jury at international competitions (Szigeti, Kreisler, Gui, ARD, Sendai, Budapest, Sarasate, Wieniawski).
Pavel Vernikov has recorded for RCA, Ondine and Dynamic. He was Professor at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Lyon. At present he’s Professor at Konservatorium Wien and at Haute École de Musique de Lausanne (Site de Sion). In 2013 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Sion Festival in Switzerland.
He plays a violin by G. B. Guadagnini (Milano 1751), owned by the family of Tibor Varga.
(Status 2018, Source: Pavel Vernikov)