We are postponing our Masterclass series till next year as many applicants have expressed difficulties  in  traveling arrangements. Please watch this space for announcements on our next Masterclass series


Held in the beautiful campus of AMADEUS International School Vienna ( the first All Steinway School in Austria), this is an important masterclass series curated for all aspiring young musicians.

As part of the AMADEUS Festival Vienna, where internationally acclaimed artists like Angelika Kirchschlager, the Janoska Ensemble, Igudesman & Joo, Yury Revich, Brendan Goh, Simply Quartet and many more will perform their exciting programmes, the masterclass series will see young musicians not only benefitting from mingling with such star-studded casts, but also learn from professors like Pavel Vernikov, Svetlana Makarova, Jura Margulis and Jennifer Stumm  to set them on their path to success.

One special feature of this masterclass series is the introduction of the Janoska style workshop, where aspiring stars will learn about the very exciting musical style of the Janoskas.

All lodging are double beds ensuite rooms within the AMADEUS International School Vienna campus. There are 21 Steinway family pianos and ample rooms for practice and rehearsals. A perfect venue to make new friends and burnish old ties.

2021 will see the inauguration of the AMADEUS Festival Vienna Masterclass series. We hope to see many of our future stars become our founding participants.

For further enquires, please contact masterclass@amadeusfestival.wien 

Amadeus Festival Masterclass 

4 -10 July 2021


Janoska StyLe Workshop 

5 July & 6 July 2021

Pavel vernikov

Born in Odessa, Pavel Vernikov graduated from the famous "Stolyarsky Music School" where he studied together with L. and B. Mordkovich. Having been a student of David Oistrakh and Semyon Snitkovsky at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, he gained an international reputation as a virtuoso violinist. Among his many awards he won the prestigious ARD Violin Competition in Munich and the Grand Prix International Violin Competition "Vittorio Gui" in Florence. He has since appeared around the world at such renowned venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall as well as the Kennedy Center in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, La Salle Gaveau in Paris, Auditorio National in Madrid, Santory Hall in Tokyo, La Scala in Milan and Santa Cecilia in Rome.

Among his many chamber music partners are Sviatoslav Richter, James Galway, Alain Meunier, Patrick Gallois, Misha Maisky, Maria Tipo, Natalia Gutman, Oleg Kagan, Yuri Bashmet, Elisso Virsaladze, Christian Zimmermann, Anthony Pay, Andres Mustonen, Gary Hoffman, Frans Helmerson, Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen along with many others.

Pavel Vernikov continues to teach and give master classes around the world, including Spain (Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia Madrid), Israel (Rubin Academy and Keshet Eilon Summer Academy), Germany (Kronberg Academy), Austria (Salzburg Summer Academy, Wiener Meisterkurse), Japan (Gedai University and Miyazaki Mastercourse), Sweden (Aurora Mastercourse) along with many others around the world. He has also been invited to be a member of the jury at numerous international violin competitions, including Hannover Competition, the Joseph Szigeti, Fritz Kreisler Competition, F. Gui, ARD- Competition Munich, Sendai, Budapest, Sarasate and Wieniawski competition.

Following a professorship position at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Lyon, Pavel Vernikov now teaches both at the famous Konservatorium Wien University (Austria) and at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne (Switzerland). Among some of his many laureate students include artists such as Massimo Quarta (1. Prize Paganini International Violin Competition, Genua), Nicola Benedetti, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Fumiaki Miura (1. Prize Hannover International Violin Competition), Lorenza Borrani (Leader of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe), Fanny Clamagirand (1. Prize Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition, Vienna and 1. Prize International Monte Carlo Violin Competition) and Miki Kobayashi (2. Prize Wieniawski Competition), Ekaterina Frolova (1. Prize Valesessia Musica Competition, Gran-Prix Osaka International Competition). Pavel Vernikov has also recorded numerous times for RCA, Ondine, and Dynamic and currently plays the beautiful Guadagnini (ex Contessa Crespi, ex Brengola) Piacenza 1747, which is on permanent loan from the Fondazione Pro Canale of Milan.



Svetlana makarova

Svetlana Makarova was born in Moscow in 1981. She began playing the violin at the age of 5 in the class of Ludmila Egorova, an Honoured Artist of Russia. At the age of 10 she won the first prize at the Moscow International Youth Tchaikovsky Competition, before going on to win an array of prizes at numerous state and international competitions. In 2005 Svetlana graduated from Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and in 2008 finished her post-graduate studies with professor Maya Glezarova. Since then, she has actively performed as a soloist and as a part of different chamber ensembles. She has also recorded several CDs (with pieces of Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schönberg) as both a soloist and chamber musician. She regularly takes part in numerous Festivals, including Verbier Music Festival (Switzerland), Miyazaki Music Festival (Japan), Musical Spring (Moldova), Musical Festival in LA (USA), Eilat Chamber Music Festival (Israel), Festival “Paganiniana” (Italy) and many more. Since 2003 Svetlana has been a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra, and, from 2006, the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, where she has collaborated with great musicians such as James Levine, Valery Gergiev, Michael Tilson Thomas, Yuri Bashmet, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Maxim Vengerov, Yuri Temirkanov, among others. From 2008 to 2011 she was co-principal in the Orquestra Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia (Spain), under prominent principal conductors including Maestri Lorin Maazel and Zubin Mehta. From 2005 to 2008 Svetlana taught at the famous Gnessin’s Music College in Moscow. In 2008 she was invited by Prof. Vernikov to collaborate with him in numerous masterclasses in Austria, Italy, France, Switzerland, and Japan. Since 2010 she has taught at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Italy, and until 2013 she worked as an Assistant of Prof. Vernikov at the Haut Ecole de Musique de Lausanne (Site de Sion). In 2014 she began working as a Professor for Violin at the Haut Ecole de Musique de Lausanne in Switzerland. She plays a violin made by Nicola Gagliano in 1738.



jura margulis

Concert pianist, recording artist, master teacher, and author Jura Margulis has been internationally recognized for his compellingly communicative and emotionally charged performances, as well as for the range of his expressive tonal palette and his consummate transcendental virtuosity. 

His orchestral appearances include performances with the Russian National Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit, the Südwestrundfunk Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Venezuela, the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Shenzhen Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana. He has played in numerous festivals, including the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, the Berliner Festwochen at Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Verbier, the Lugano, and the Sommets du Classique Festivals in Switzerland, the Argerich-Beppu Music Festival in Japan, and the Salzburger Festspiele in Austria. In his younger years Margulis won prizes in more than a dozen international competitions, including Busoni in Italy and Guardian in Ireland. He is also a recipient of the esteemed Pro Europa prize awarded by the European Foundation for Culture.

Active as a chamber musician, Margulis is a founding member of the Margulis Family Trio and performed with, among others, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Lilya ZIlberstein, Alissa and Natalia Margulis, Alexander Buzlov, Arnold Bezuyen, the soloists of the Moscow Virtuosi, members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Moscow String Quartet. He has also concertized with Martha Argerich on two pianos in Germany, Switzerland, Japan, and the USA. Recent years have brought him to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Dallas, Cincinnati, Salt Lake City, Little Rock, Tulsa, Carmel, Austin, Phoenix, San Jose, Minneapolis, Memphis, and New Orleans, as well as to Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Elmau, Berlin, Bologna, Bruxelles, Bayreuth, Budapest, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Paris, Cape Town, Madrid, Yerevan, Warsaw, Aix-en-Provence, Almaty, Ankara, Lugano, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Tbilisi, Thessaloniki, Tokyo, Tallin, Hong Kong, Sapporo, Seoul, Shenzhen, Salzburg, Vienna, Moscow, and St. Petersburg.

Jura Margulis is regularly invited as a judge in international piano competitions, most recently in the ARD Music Competition in Munich and the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati.

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Jura Margulis was raised in Germany, where he studied with his father, Vitaly Margulis, at the Musikhochschule Freiburg. He was also a student at the prestigious Fondazione per il Pianoforte in Cadenabbia at Lake Como in Italy. In 1994 he moved to the United States to study with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and made the US his home. 2008 Margulis became the inaugural holder of the Emily J. McAllister Endowed Professorship in Piano at the J.W. Fulbright College of the University of Arkansas. In 2018 Jura Margulis returned to Europe following an appointment as professor of piano and member of the Institute of Science and Research at the Music and Art University in Vienna, Austria.



jennifer stumm

Violist and director Jennifer Stumm has blazed a courageous creative path, her diverse projects mixing a searching intellectual curiosity, irrepressible musical enthusiasm and committed advocacy for social opportunity. Known for the seductive power and “opal-like beauty" (Washington Post) of her sound, Jennifer appears on the world’s great stages like Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Sala São Paulo, and the Wigmore Hall, London. Her solo career was launched after victories in three major international competitions: William Primrose, Geneva, and Concert Artists Guild (where she was the first violist ever to win First Prize) and she swiftly earned a reputation as one of the world's outspoken voices for the expressive possibilities of her instrument. 

Jennifer Stumm is Professor of Viola at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna, International Chair of Viola Studies at the Royal College of Music, London and gives masterclasses around the world. Since her school days teaching strings in the Atlanta inner city, she has devoted considerable time to supporting young musicians from developing nations, both in person and online. 

Born in Atlanta, Jennifer first heard the viola when she was eight and, enchanted by its sound, began playing in her school's orchestra. She studied with Karen Tuttle at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, with Nobuko Imai in Amsterdam and also pursued interests in politics and astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Jennifer plays a Gasparo da Salò viola, c 1590, generously on permanent loan from a private collection.


janoska ensemble

The “Janoska Style” is a new, jointly created musical vision of classical music. Today “Janoska Style” also stands for a “golden” CD of the same title, released by Deutsche Grammophon, and has risen to become the distinctive brand of the Janoska Ensemble.

But above all else, the “Janoska Style” is a musical stroke of luck.

It would take a long time to list all the biographical and artistic ingredients that make up this style and render it possible, day after day after day. Even if reduced to basic elements, the list would still require a lot of space. First, there’s the Janoska Ensemble’s comprehensive grasp of thousands of volumes of music, a constant source of new themes and motifs. They draw not only on the venerable cosmos of classical music but on other genres as well, often “lighter” ones more familiar to the generally younger members of their audience. Their arrangements thus unite contrasting musical universes and equally contrasting fans. The Janoskas’ uniqueness lies in the great breadth and infectious panache of these fusions: all four members are solo artists of superlative technique and artistry. Not only have they enjoyed top-calibre musical educations, they’ve also mastered ensemble playing and spontaneous improvisation since early childhood. The schooling, training and experience that form the elemental artistic fibre of the Janoskas are augmented by three further success factors: the esprit of unbridled creativity, an appetite for discovery and an unbounded joy in ensemble music-making.

This visible and audible joy infects their audiences over and over again. No matter which continent they happen to be touring, every evening these four top-drawer musicians bring cheering audiences to their feet. The reason is simple: they radiate passionate musical moods and feelings, amaze with explosive virtuosity and pristine execution, spread cheer with subtle humour and create moments of delight that border on genius and defy verbal description.

It would be a glaring omission to overlook an important education element of their artistry: the musicians of the Janoska Ensemble are happy to impart their solid knowledge. For years, and with growing frequency, they’ve held workshops and master-classes in many countries. Not only do they give instruction on how to play, they also, and especially, encourage young up-and-coming musicians to find styles of their own and to venture forth from classical music into the world of improvisation. The many delighted faces and fascinating comments of their students prove that these four ambassadors of the “Janoska Style” are no less successful as artistic midwives!

Ondrej janoska plays on the Carlo Ferdinado Landolfi ca.1760 from the Goh Family collection.




You can apply here with this link below. Please fill out all necessary details and submit to masterclass@amadeusfestival.wien

(The Masterclass application deadline has been extended to 24 May 2021.)

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  • Lodging from 3-10 July with breakfast & light lunch (Check out 11 July before 12:00) 
  • Double room en-suite
  • 3 lessons (45 mins each) with accompaniment
  • Performance at Masterclass Series
  • Certificate of participation
  • Masterclass observation Pass
  • AMADEUS Festival Vienna Pass to all concerts
  • Price: EUR 1,250.00 (Includes registration fee of EUR 50.00 & enrolment fee of EUR 150.00)


Janoska style Workshop

  • 4 group sessions (45 mins each) 5 & 6 July 
  • Performance with Janoska Ensemble on 6 July
  • Certificate of participation 
  • Masterclass observation Pass
  • AMADEUS Festival Vienna Pass to all concerts
  • Price: EUR 400.00 (Includes registration fee of EUR 50.00)

Masterclass including Janoska style Workshop 

  • Lodging from 3-10 July with breakfast & light lunch (Check out 11 July before 12:00) 
  • Double room en-suite
  • 3 lessons (45 mins each) with accompaniment
  • Performance at Masterclass Series
  • 4 group sessions (45 mins each) 5 & 6 July 
  • Performance with Janoska Ensemble on 6 July
  • Certificate of participation 
  • Masterclass observation Pass
  • AMADEUS Festival Vienna Pass to all concerts
  • Price: EUR 1,550.00 (Includes registration fee of EUR 50.00 & enrolment fee of EUR 150.00)


*Registration fee is non-refundable. All prices include VAT.