Maxim Vengerov, violon
Universally hailed as one of the world’s finest musicians, and often referred to as the greatest living string player in the world today, Grammy award winner Maxim Vengerov enjoys international acclaim as a conductor and is one of the most in-demand soloists in all of classical music.
Born in 1974, he began his career as a solo violinist at the age of 5, won the Wieniawski and Carl Flesch international competitions at ages 10 and 15 respectively, studied with Galina Tourchaninova and Zakhar Bron, made his first recording at the age of 10, and went on to record extensively for high-profile labels including Melodia, Teldec and EMI, earning among others, Grammy and Gramophone artist of the year awards. In 2007 he followed in the footsteps of his mentor, the late Mstislav Rostropovich, and turned his attention to conducting, and has since conducted major orchestras around the world including the Montreal and Toronto symphony orchestras. In 2010 he was appointed the first chief conductor of the Gstaad Festival Orchestra and in June 2014 graduated with a diploma of excellence from the Moscow Institute of Ippolitov-Ivanov with professor Yuri Simonov and has enrolled in a further 2-year program of opera conducting.
In the last few seasons Maxim Vengerov has performed as a soloist and/or conductor with many major orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra etc., often performing a major violin concerto in the first half and conducting a symphonic work in the second. 2013 saw the launch of the annual Vengerov Festival in Tokyo, and an artist residency at the Barbican Centre London with five different programs showcasing his unique versatility as an artist. That season he also accepted the position as Artist in Residence with the Oxford Philharmonic.
The 2014/15 highlights saw Mr Vengerov opening the concert seasons of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra with Long Yu, the Orchestre de Paris with Paavo Jarvi, and opening Shanghai’s newest Symphony Hall alongside Mr. Yu and Lang Lang. January 2015 saw Maxim Vengerov return to the New York Philharmonic to a “hero’s welcome” (New York Times), and in March he toured Europe and recorded the Tchaikovsky concerto with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Myung-Whun Chung.
As well as many worldwide concerts and recitals the 2015/16 season will see Mr Vengerov in concert with the New York Philharmonic and Munich Philharmonic orchestras, complete five recital tours in Australia, Canada, East Asia, Europe and South America, and in May Mr Vengerov will return to Japan for the fourth year of his annual Vengerov Festival.
As one of Mr Vengerov’s greatest passions is the teaching and encouraging of young talent, he has held various teaching positions around the world and is currently Ambassador and visiting Professor of the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland (IMMA) and Menuhin Professor at the Royal Academy of Music London.
Mr Vengerov has received numerous awards including Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (with Orchestra) (2003), two Gramophone awards (1994, 1995), a Classical Brit Award (2004), five Edison Classical Music Awards (1995, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2004), two ECHO awards (1997, 2003) and a World Economic Forum Crystal award (2007) - honouring artists who have used their art to improve the state of the world.
In 1997 Mr Vengerov became the first classical musician to be appointed International Goodwill Ambassador by UNICEF.
He plays the ex-Kreutzer Stradivari (1727).