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Jura Margulis
(Teaching Languages : English, German, Russian)
Pianist Jura Margulis has been internationally recognized for his compellingly communicative performances, as well as for the range of his tonal palette and his consummate virtuosity.
Reviewers have praised the "absolute authority" of his interpretations and the sense of "controlled obsession" he transmits at the keyboard (Fono Forum). The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung noted that his aesthetic is both "impulsive and contemplative". The Los Angeles Times praised his "excellent pianism" and called him "highly musical". The Washington Post applauded his "titanic reserves of sheer power" and his "effortless spontaneity". Drehpunkt Kultur in Salzburg writes: "After the performance one fleetingly thinks of the pianists that became legends, but comparisons are impermissible. Margulis is a master sui generis(of his own kind)."

His orchestral appearances include performances with the Russian National Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and the Sudwestrundfunk Orchestra. He has played in numerous festivals, including the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival and the Berliner Festwochen in Germany, the Verbier and the BSI Festivals in Switzerland, the Argerich-Beppu Music Festival in Japan, and the Salzburger Festspiele in Austria. He has won prizes in more than a dozen international competitions and is a recipient of the esteemed Pro Europa prize awarded by the European Foundation for Culture. Active as a chamber musician, Margulis has performed with, among others, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Lilya Zilberstein, Alissa Margulis, Arnold Bezuyen, the soloists of the Moscow Virtuosi, members of the Chicago Symphony
Orchestra, the Moscow String Quartet, and is a founding member of the Margulis Trio. He also concertizes with Martha Argerich on two pianos in Germany, Japan, and the USA.

Margulis is a third generation pianist and teacher and gives master classes in the USA, Europe, and Asia. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Jura Margulis was raised in Germany, where he studied with his father, Dr. Vitaly Margulis, at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg. He was also a student at the prestigious Fondazione per il Pianoforte in Cadenabbia at Lake Como in Italy. He moved to the United States to study with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, and made the US his home. Margulis is the inaugural holder of the "Emily J. McAllister Endowed Professorship in Piano" at the J.W. Fulbright College of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

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Der Pianist Jura Margulis wird international geschätzt für seine bezwingende Gestaltungskraft, für die Vielseitigkeit seiner Klangfarben und seine virtuose Technik.

Die Polarität seiner künstlerischen Persönlichkeit - logisch und leidenschaftlich zugleich - und die absolute Beherrschung des Instrumentes wird immer wieder beachtet. Kritiker charakterisieren seine Tastenkunst als "kontrollierte Besessenheit" und erkennen die "unbedingte Autorität" seiner Interpretationen an. (Fono Forum, Knut Franke)
Im August 2011 schreibt Drehpunkt Kultur in Salzburg: " denkt flüchtig an zur Legende gewordene Pianisten, aber Vergleiche verbieten sich. Margulis ist ein Meister sui Generis."

Margulis trat als Solist mit Orchestern wie dem Russischen National Orchester, mit dem Montreal Symphony Orchestra, dem Südwestrundfunk Orchester. Er spielte auch bei zahlreichen Festivals wie dem Schleswig-Hostein-Musik Festival, den Berliner Festwochen in der Berliner Philharmonie, den Verbier Musik und BSI Festivals in der Schweiz, dem Argerich-Beppu Music Festival in Japan, und den Salzburger Festspielen.

Die Europäische Kulturstiftung zeichnete ihn mit dem renommierten Preis Pro Europa aus.
Als Pädagoge in der dritten Generation ist Jura Margulis international gefragt und hält Meisterkurse in den USA, Europa und Asien.

Jura Margulis wurde in St. Petersburg/Russland geboren, wuchs in Deutschland auf und studierte bei seinem Vater, Prof. Vitaly Margulis, an der Musikhochschule Freiburg, an der einzigartigen Fondazione per Il Pianoforte in Cadenabbia am Comer See in Italien, und bei Leon Fleisher am Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, USA.

Heute hat er die McAllister Stiftungsproffesur am J. W. Fulbright College der University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, USA inne.
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