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.” In August of 2011 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 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, and the Prague Symphony Orchestra. He has played in numerous festivals, including the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, the Berliner Festwochen at Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Verbier, the BSI, and the Sommets du Classique Festivals in Switzerland, the Argerich-Beppu Music Festival in Japan, and the Salzburger Festspiele in Austria. Recent years have brought him to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Minneapolis, and New Orleans in the US, as well as to Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Berlin, Bologna, Salzburg, Bayreuth, Budapest, Erewan, Warsaw, Aix-en-Provence, Barcelona, Madrid, Lugano, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Tokyo, Sapporo, Seoul, and Bangkok. Jura Margulis is a founding member of the Margulis Family Trio. He has concertized with Martha Argerich on two pianos in Germany, Japan, and the USA.
Margulis has recorded CDs for Sony, Ars Musici, and Oehms Classics, covering a wide spectrum of repertoire. In 2014 Margulis released an all Schubert con Sordino CD on a MSP Steingraeber D-232 prototype. Fono Forum writes: "Margulis plays (Schubert) with an enthusiasm, a sensitivity, and a creative imagination that are near incomparable." The MSP website, www.MargulisSordinoPedal.com, states: "The Margulis Sordino Pedal is a quantum leap for the dynamic (volume) and spectral (color) expressive palette of the modern concert grand piano." In 2015 his latest CD was released with all original transcriptions of music form Bach to Shostakovich on the MSP Steingraeber D-232 including a piano duo with Martha Argerich of Night on Bald Mountain by Mussorgsky, also in Margulis’ original transcription – “... astonishing ...” Piano News; " ...demonic ... a brilliant achievement ... " Pianiste. Over 50 titles of from his CDs can be found on iTunes.
Jura Margulis is a third generation pianist and teacher. He holds yearly master classes and lectures including courses in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Slovenia, Israel, Russia, Korea, and Japan. Jura Margulis is regularly invited as a judge in international piano competitions, most recently in the ARD Music Competition in Munich.
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Jura Margulis was raised in Germany, where he studied with his father, Dr. 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. 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 McAllister Endowed Professorship in Piano at the J.W. Fulbright College of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He is the author of the internetblog www.PianistToPianist.com. More information: www.JuraMargulis.com