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 D. Oistrach and S. Snitkowsky at the Moscow State Tchaikovskiy 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.
His musical interests and artistic ideas are endless, ranging from the classical repetoire to the modern composers of today. Experimenting with art and drama, he has collaborated and opened a new perspective of music to the world, presenting both music and modern art to the concert stage.
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 has further inaugurated the Russian Academy of Higher Learning in Portogruaro and the Festival "Estate Musicale di Portogruaro" (1980-2006), inviting outstanding artists from all over the world to work together in the heart of European culture. He was appointed Artistic Director of the Gubbio Music Festival (Italy), the Dubrovnik Chamber Music Festival (Jugoslavia) as well as the Eilat Chamber Music Festival (Israel).
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 J. Szigeti, F. 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 M. Quarta (1. Prize Paganini International Violin Competition, Genua), N. Benedetti, A. Sitkovetsky, F. Miura (1. Prize Hannover International Violin Competition), L. Borrani (Leader of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe), F. Clamagirand (1. Prize Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition, Vienna and 1. Prize International Monte Carlo Violin Competition) and M. Kobayashi (2. Prize Wieniawski Competition), E. 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.