Maxim Vengerov

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A remarkable musician, MAXIM VENGEROV (b. 1974) has been at the top of the professional performance world for more than four decades. Considered one of the world’s finest violinists, a Grammy Award winner, he is one of the most sought-after violin soloists and violists, has worldwide recognition as a conductor, and teaches at the world’s leading music education centers.

Born in Chelyabinsk into a family of musicians, Maxim Vengerov began playing violin with Galina Turchaninova at the age of 5. He continued his studies in Novosibirsk with the famous violin teacher Zakhar Bron. At the age of 10 he won the Wieniawski International Competition for Young Violinists, at the age of 15 – the Carl Flesch International Competition. In 1989 together with the family of his teacher prof. Bron and several of his other students he moved to Lübeck (Germany). He made his first recording at the age of 10 and has continued to record actively for the prestigious companies like Melodia, Teldec and EMI ever since.

At the age of 18, he made his first recording of Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No 1 with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich. He examined the work with the great cellist, who was a pupil, close friend and devoted performer of the composer. The friendship and professional collaboration between Vengerov and Rostropovich was exceptional; Rostropovich was a major influence on his interpretations of works by Shostakovich and Prokofiev.
As a soloist and conductor, he has performed with the world’s greatest orchestras – the New York Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestra of La Scala in Milan, the Chicago, Montreal and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, and the Paris Philharmonic. He tours actively with chamber recitals.
Teaching and supporting young talent is a professional cause for the great musician. Since 2016 he has been Professor of Violin at the Royal College of Music in London, and Professor at the Mozarteum Salzburg. In 2020 he was awarded the title of Honorary Professor of the St. Petersburg Conservatoire. He has served on the juries of numerous music competitions, including the Donatella Flick International Competition for Conductors, the Wieniawski Violin Competition, and the Menuhin Violin Competition in Montreal.

In addition to the Grammy, the violinist has been honored with numerous music awards – the Gramophone, British Classical Music Awards, Edison, ECHO and many other accolades.

In January 2020 he was named Artist in Residence on Classic FM Radio – London, and joined IDAGIO, one of the world’s leading classical music streaming platforms, where his latest recordings are exclusively released and he is its ambassador.

In 1997 Maxim Vengerov became the first classical musician to be appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In this role, he performed for underprivileged children and communities in Uganda, Thailand, Kosovo and Turkey, while helping to raise funds for many UNICEF-supported programs. He is also a patron of the MIAGI project in South Africa, which connects children from different ethnic backgrounds through music. In 2018, he was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the Musica Mundi School, a unique institution that supports young talents.

He is Honorary Cultural Ambassador of Israel.

On January 14, 2021, Vengerov launched a new educational initiative that allows him to share his teaching experience with young musicians around the world. He came up with the idea during the global pandemic, when online learning became extremely important. The launch of the initiative was marked by a free online concert in which Maxim Vengerov and pianist Roustem Saitkoulov performed Richard Strauss’s Violin Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 18 live being in two cities – Vengerov in Monaco and Saitkoulov – in Paris.

Depending on the repertoire, Maxim Vengerov plays a variety of instruments and bows, but his ex-Kreutzer Stradivari (1727) has been his “legendary and faithful companion” since 1998.

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