Each week, Maxim Vengerov shares up to four live and newly pre-recorded online lessons with violinists, violists and chamber music groups from around the world every week.
Free to view, every Wednesday at 6pm Paris time zone, we will stream new online masterclasses from partnering music institutions. And every Saturday at 6pm Paris time zone, the Lottery Ticket masterclasses will be shown.
For more information on the students, repertoire and biographies, go to the SCHEDULES section on this Live Masterclasses page.
This is open to anyone in the world. Violinists, violists and chamber music groups can sign up to have a free online lesson with Maxim Vengerov. You can connect from wherever you are and bring any repertoire or technical issue you have.
4 Lottery Ticket participants or chamber music groups will be chosen each month through an electronic lottery system.
Each week, Maxim Vengerov will stream a Lottery Ticket online lesson, free to view, each Saturday at 6pm CET.
Roberta Verna was born in 1998 and comes from a family of musicians. She began playing the violin at an age of five years old.
She became an early student of the pre-college department of the University of Music Würzburg and entered the violin class of Max Speermann and continued to study with him for the next 11 years.
From 2015 to 2017, Roberta began her Bachelor studies with Professor Daniel Gaede at the University of Music Nuremberg. She then continued her Bachelor studies with Professor Herwig Zack at the Conservatory of Music in Würzburg.
Roberta is a multiple 1st Prize winner of the German competition "Jugend Musiziert” at State and Federal level with special awards. In 2016, she received the special award from the Mayor of Baden-Baden within the scope of the Carl Flesch Academy. She was also a finalist in the international competition for youth in 2015 in Oldenburg and received the audience award.
In 2016, she was honoured with the Margot Müller Prize of the City of Würzburg and later, won the 1st Prize and audience prize of the Inge Murjahn competition of the Da Ponte Foundation.
In 2017, the city of Würzburg awarded her the city's cultural promotion award. In 2019, she and her brother received the award for music and culture from the Lion Club De Leone Würzburg.
Roberta can look back on a lively solo concert career at home in Germany and abroad. She has been invited as soloist with the Thuringia Philharmonic under Russel Harris, the Philharmonic Orchestra Würzburg under the direction of Enrico Calesso, the Junge Philharmonie Würzburg, the Oettinger Chamber Orchestra and Bach Orchestra, the Klassikphilharmonie Hamburg in the Laeiszhalle, the Landestheater Coburg and the Philharmonie Baden Baden with chief conductor Pavel Baleff.
She has participated in masterclasses with Gerhard Schulz, Ivry Gitlis, Saschko Gavrillow, Gil Shaham, Pierre Amoyal, Bernd Gellermann, Anke Dill, Herwig Zack, Roland Daugereil, Mistislav Slezer, Natalia Prischepenko and Lihay Bendayan and she was able to collect various impulses.
Roberta is also a sought-after artist as an orchestral and chamber musician. She was a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra and since 2018, a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and has worked with Maestro Vladimir Jurowsky and Lorenzo Viotti with the soloists Liza Batiashvili and Gautier Capuçon.
She has been a regular member of the European Philharmonic of Switzerland since September 2018 and has worked with Maestro Charles Dutoit and Martha Argerich at the Montreux Festival and the Lied Festival in St. Moritz, among others. She is part of the Russian-German Music Academy Orchestra founded by RCCR Projects.
Roberta plays a beautiful violin by Antonio Stradivari Cremona 1703, which has been loaned to her by the “Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben Hamburg” in 2017.
Since March 2020, she is a member of the Orchestra Academy of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.
Also, from 2020, Roberta has been given a scholarship and supported by the National German Foundation “Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes”.
Krissy Teng, 16 years old, is from Australia. She is a harpist currently studying at the international music school Musica Mundi, Waterloo, Belgium.
Krissy began her musical studies on the piano at the age of 4. At 7, she joined the Griffith University-Young Conservatory programme and started her harp studies under the guidance of French harpist, Mr Sebastien Lipman.
In 2018, she continued her harp studies with Ms Jill Atkinson, Principal harp at the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, for a year, before moving to Belgium to study with Ms Catherine Michel. Her current teacher is Professor Sivan Magen at the Musica Mundi School.
Krissy has had success in national and international competitions. She participated in the Advanced Division of the Nippon International Harp Competition 2016 and received 1st Prize at the National Una Morgan Harp Competition 2018 in her state. The same year, she took part in International Harp Summer Course in Hong Kong where she received masterclasses from harpists including Ms Naoko Yoshino, Ms Catherine Michel, Ms Maria-Luisa Rayan and Ms Gabriella Dall'olio. The following year she also participated in the Pratte International Harp Competition in Sweden.
She has given multiple recitals as a solo harpist in Australia and performed as soloist in 2020 of the Queensland Youth Symphony Orchestra as well as participation in the orchestra.
Krissy continues to study the piano as a hobby and has completed ABRSM equivalent (AMEB) examinations with High Distinctions. She also played the cello at age 8 for five years where she participated in competitions and gave concerts as part of her school orchestra.
Eric Charles Chen, born in Princeton New Jersey, began his violin studies at the age of 4 and currently studies with Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory, USA.
At 9 years old, he had his first solo performance with the Livingston orchestra and was accepted to the Juilliard Pre-college where he began his studies with Naoko Tanaka and later also studied with Cho-Liang Lin.
Eric has received first prize at the 2019 Cooper International Competition, the 2017 Juilliard Pre-college concerto competition, and the First Sylvia Lee Young Violinist Competition in Taipei.
Nazar Plyska began playing the violin at the age of four. He was a student of the School of Talents n. a. Z. Brzewski (prof. E. Kowar-Mikołajczyk). In 2016-2018, he was a scholarship holder of the Polish Children's Fund.
Nazar has taken part in numerous masterclasses in Belgium, Germany, Poland and Ukraine. He was also a member of the Penderecki Youth Orchestra (PYO) and the Luslawice Talent Orchestra (K. Penderecki European Music Centre), with which he recorded a CD and DVD.
As a soloist, Nazar has frequently performed with orchestras in prestigious Polish concert halls – W. Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio (Warsaw), The A. Malawski Philharmonic in Rzeszow, in the Ballroom of the the Lancut Castle (Poland) as well as in Musikaliska and the Royal Castle (Stockholm, Sweden), Théâtre Royal des Galeries (Brussels, Belgium). He participated in charity concerts at The National University of Ostroh Academy, in recitals at the Royal Castle of Warsaw,
and performed in a concert-series of the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra. He has toured in Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Hungary and Ukraine. The quartet, with which Nazar collaborated, won the first prize at the Polish National Instrumentalists Forum n. a. K. and A. Szafranki (Rybnik – Poland, 2016).
He devotes his free time to playing the piano. At the SIMC competition (Stockholm - Sweden, 2016) he received the 1st prize in the category “Piano as a Second Instrument”.
Among the most important achievements are 3rd prize at the VIII National Violin Meetings n.a. prof. M. Lawrynowicz (Płock - Poland, 2014); 5th prize at the International Competition of B. Warhal (Dolný Kubín - Slovakia, 2015); 2nd prize at the Polish national auditions CEA (Katowice - Poland, 2015); 1st prize at the Kaunas Sonorum International Competition (Kaunas - Lithuania, 2015); 1st prize at the 5th SIMC International Music Competition in Stockholm (Stockholm - Sweden, 2016); 1st prize in the “101 Genius Competitions 2016-2017” International Competition, 2nd prize at the Polish National Competition “Violin Talents - 2018” in Poznan and Grand Prix (1st International Online Performance Competition, Poland, 2021).
Since 2018, Nazar Plyska is a student of the International School for Professional Musical Education “Musica Mundi” (Belgium) in the class of Professor Leonid Kerbel.
Cellist Krzysztof Michalski was born in 2003 in Tarnobrzeg, Southern Poland and began his musical education there. Later, he moved to Państwowa Szkoła Muzyczna II st. Im Władysława Żeleńskiego in Cracow.
At age 10, he studied with maestro Henryk Zarzycki, who gave him a scholarship at the EAFIT University in Medellin, Colombia, where he studied during holiday periods in 2015 and 2016. His teacher was also the first teacher of the internationally known cellist Santiago Cañón Valencia.
Krzysztof is currently a senior at the International Musica Mundi School, Waterloo, Belgium, studying with Aleksandr Khramouchin, Vladimir Perlin and Jérôme Pernoo.
In the last 3 years, he won several international and national competitions in Europe and the USA including 1st Prize at the Johansen International Competition for Young String Players in Washington D.C., USA, 2018 and 3rd prize at the Brussels Cello Competition in Brussels, Belgium, 2020.
He performed as a soloist with symphony and chamber orchestras in Poland, Germany and Colombia, including the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, Orchestra of the Technical University in Dresden, Tolima Department Symphony Orchestra in Ibague (Colombia), Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Cracow.
In recital, Krzysztof has given performances in Europe, Asia, North and South America, of which the majority were in Poland, Belgium, Germany, Slovakia, Israel, the USA and Colombia.
Between 2015-2017, he was the cello leader of the Lusławicka Orkiestra Talentów based in the European Center of Music of Krzysztof Penderecki. Since then, he is frequently invited to perform with them for different occasions.
In addition, four times between 2017-2020, he participated in the Morningside Music Bridge programme organized by the Calgary Philharmonic (Boston, MA, USA and Warsaw, Poland).
Krzysztof plays on two contemporary copies of M. Gofriller cellos made by Wojciech Topa and Jan Pawlikowski. Krzysztof is fluent in Polish, English, Spanish and apart from also learning French his biggest passions are travels, cats and swimming.
Born in Belgium on January 1st 2005, Steven Kleeven started piano lessons at the age 7 with Marijke Oers.
He developed at a fast pace and soon registered at the Leuven music conservatory and at the young-talents class of Marijke.
Steven studies at the international Musica Mundi School in Waterloo, Belgium, where he receives piano lessons from Hagit Kerbel as well as from Maestro Jacques Rouvier. In addition, he also studies at the Centre Musical Eduardo del Pueyo where his teacher is Maestro Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden.
Steven is laureate 2019 of “La Fondation Chopin Belgique” which allows him to follow additional masterclasses with Vanden Eynden. He has also participated in masterclasses with André De Groote, Barbara Szczepanska en Jan Vermeulen.
Steven has played in many public and private concerts. His most important prizes to date include:
2016: EPTA Belgium 2nd price (Cat.1), Cantabile Belgium 1e price (Cat. 1), Concours de Liège 1e price (Cat. 2)
2017: the Steinway Belgium 1e price (Cat. 1), music-competition “De Vakman” Belgium 1e price, Feurich Vienna 3de price, finalist “Thomas Speelt Het Hard” organized by Flemish Canvas television
2018: Cantabile Belgium 1e price (Cat. 2)
2019: Steinway Belgium 1e price (Cat. 2)
2020: Cantabile Belgium 1e price (Cat. 3)
Steven performs as soloist with orchestras and has been invited to perform in 2016 with the Limburgs Orkest Jeugd en Muziek (LOJM) under Pieter Schuermans (1e piano concerto of Beethoven-part 3, Rondo), in 2017 with the orchestra AMAJ Jong Symfonisch under Roel Willems (Poulenc, concerto for two piano’s-part 1 and Saint-Saëns, Le Carnaval des Animaux)in 2017, with the LOJM under Dirk De Caluwe (Grieg, piano concerto-part 1) and in 2018, together with Roeland Hendrikx, they performed Poulenc's clarinet sonata.
In 2019, he was invited to perform the Schubert Fantasie for four hands with Maestro Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden, Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue for two pianos with Jacques Rouvier, and also with the Arenberg Orchestra conducted by Roel willems.
In 2020, Steven participated in the international Musica Mundi Festival.