Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47, 1st movement

Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47, 1st movement

Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47, 1st movement

Jean Sibelius

Pavel Vernikov's masterclass

Produced by the Saline royale Academy French Music sheet annotated by  Pavel  Vernikov  is available 43 min Violin

Pavel Vernikov and Amia Janicki work on bowing techniques, fingering, and capturing the emotional scope of Jean Sibelius' Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47.

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The masterclass

About this masterclass

In this masterclass, Professor Pavel Vernikov and student Amia Janicki explore the violin Concerto in D Minor, Op.47, 1st movement by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. The oeuvre is both intensely emotional and technical.  

Firstly, the student is instructed to better anticipate the direction of the piece and emphasize the vibratos. Moreover, Vernikov underlines the importance of finding the right tone and conjuring the various colors of the music. He explains that the piece is intense, severe, and virile and thus, the musician can exaggerate some parts when necessary.  

The piece is an homage to true love and passion, and this must be evoked to the audience by the performer.   

What we learn in this masterclass

  1. Finding where the piece culminates, and anticipating it.  

  2. Avoid rushing and maintain a relaxed posture.  

  3. Paying attention to the attacks.

  4. Fingering and bowing techniques.  

  5. Understanding the emotional scope of the piece.  

Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47 by Jean Sibelius

This piece is the only violin concerto by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, written in 1904. Sibelius conducted the premiere of his piece, which unfortunately was disastrous. Jean Sibelius had barely finished writing the concerto, and his violinist Victor Nováček had very little time to prepare for the concert. 

 The concerto was heavily edited in the following years. It is a dark and melancholic piece and has many virtuosic passages. It is structured like a classical concerto, in three movements, and is written for a small orchestra. 


  • Date:10 February 2021
  • Producer: Produced by the Saline royale Academy
  • Duration:43 min
  • Spoken language:French

Sheet music

Aim for excellence! You can improve your skills with expert advice. Download the annotated sheet music of this violin masterclass. Please note that this piece has been annotated in accordance to Pavel Vernikov’s feedback and comments.

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Pavel Vernikov

Pavel  Vernikov

He won the ARD International Violin Competition in Munich and the Grand Prix at the “Vittorio Gui” International Violin Competition in Florence 2016.

Pavel Vernikov, a student of David Oistrach and S. Snitkowsky, gained his reputation as a virtuoso violinist over twenty years ago. Some prominent prizes he has won include, but are not limited to: the International ARD Violin Competition in Munich and the Grand Prix at the International Violin Competition “Vittorio Gui” in Florence.

What’s more, Vernikov has appeared in many prestigious venues, such 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. His artistic partners include Sviatoslav Richter, James Galway, Alain Meunier, and more.

He was the Artistic Director of the Gubbio Music Festival, the Dubrovnik Chamber Music Festival and the Eilat Chamber Music Festival. He teaches and gives masterclasses around the world in Italy, France, Finland, Spain (Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia Madrid), Israel (Rubin Academy), Germany (Kronberg Academy), and more. In addition, he has been invited to be a jury member at numerous international competitions (Szigeti, Kreisler, Gui, ARD-Competition in Munich, Sendai (Japan), Budapest, Sarasate, Wieniawski, etc.). Pavel Vernikov has recorded for RCA, Ondine, and Dynamic.

As an educator, Vernikov was the professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon. Currently, he is a professor of the highly esteemed Konservatorium Wien University,  and at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne, site de Sion. His alumni consist of acclaimed musicians. Among them are: Massimo Quarta (1. Prize Paganini International Violin Competition, Genua), 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). In 2013, he was appointed Artistic Director of the Sion Festival in Switzerland.


Jean  Sibelius

Jean Sibelius was a Finnish composer of the late romantic era, born in 1865 in the southern Finnish town of Hämeenlinna. He is considered the most famous and influential composer of his home country, and many suggest that Sibelius participated directly in the creation of a Finnish culture, while the country struggled to find one after its independence from Russia. At the heart of his works lies his seven symphonies, now performed all over the world. The most famous of his oeuvres are Finlandia, the Karelia Suite, Valse triste and the Violin Concerto.  

He remained a prolific composer until the mid-20s, a period where he stopped writing music for the next thirty years of his life. Many still cannot explain why, and his silent years are commonly referred to as the "silence of Järvenpää", in reference to the location of Sibelius’s home. He nonetheless continued working, writing masonic music and re-working earlier compositions, but did not take interest in writing new music.  

He was known for loving nature and studying law as a young man until his passion for music took over, and he began to study it full-time. Furthermore, he married the daughter of a general and a Baltic aristocrat, Aino, Järnefelt, in 1892. Together, they lead a very hedonistic lifestyle, and in consequence, negatively impacted their health. Aido spent time in a sanatorium, while Jean Sibelius’ health deteriorated slowly over time. In 1957, the composer died from a brain hemorrhage at age 91. 
Sibelius’s music manuscripts have recently been added to UNESCO’s Memory of the World Program. He is often considered 'a nationalist composer working in the Romantic tradition'.


Photo credit: Jean Sibelius © Getty

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