Recital Maxim Vengerov, violin and Roustem Saïtkoulov, piano

Thursday 18 February 2016 - Auditorium

8.30 p.m.
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Recital Maxim Vengerov, violin and Roustem Saïtkoulov, piano

Violinist Maxim Vengerov is invited by the Foundation Louis Vuitton for a most exceptional recital. Regarded as one of the foremost violinists of our era, Maxim Vengerov has performed as a soloist in many of the world’s most prestigious venues.

Since 2007, he has also been making a name as an orchestral conductor and is today artist in residence with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. For his Paris recital, Maxim Vengerov has chosen to be accompanied by a compatriot, the pianist Roustem Saitkoulov, winner of many international prizes, in a varied and virtuoso program that opens with a colossus of the solo violin repertory, the Chaconne from the Bach’s Second Partita.

Maxim Vengerov plays a Stradivarius, the Kreutzer (1727).

the artists

Maxim Vengerov

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). 

Roustem Saitkoulov


Born in Kazan, Roustem Saitkoulov is a representative of the great Russian piano school. Starting on his instrument at the age of four, he entered the music school affiliated to the Kazan Higher National Conservatory just two years later.

After pursuing his studies at the Tchaikovsky Academy in Moscow, he went on to the Hochschule für Musik in Munich.

He has garnered many international prizes: the Busoni Competition in Bolzano (Italy), the UNISA Competition (University of South Africa) in Pretoria, the Géza Anda Competition in Zurich (Switzerland), and the Concours Marguerite Long in Paris (France). In 2003, he was also an award-winner at the Roma Piano Competition, as well as at the Monte-Carlo Piano Masters.

Roustem Saitkoulov performs regularly as a soloist with many top orchestras: the Royal Philharmonic, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, the Orchestra della RAI in Turin, Sinfonia Varsovia, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, and the Tokyo New City Symphony Orchestra. He has played as soloist on many tours by the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Yuri Temirkanov.

Roustem Saitkoulov has given recitals in Russia, China, Japan, Argentina, Chile, the United States, Canada, and South Africa. He performs frequently in major venues, such as Wigmore Hall in London, the Salle Pleyel, the Théâtre du Châtelet, and the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Tonhalle, Zurich, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Moscow International House of Music, the Philharmonic Society of St Petersburg, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, Osaka Symphony Hall, and the Concert Hall of the Forbidden City in Beijing.

He has taken part in numerous music events, such as the International Piano Festival at La Roque d’Anthéron, Septembre Musical in Montreux, the Piano aux Jacobins in Toulouse, the Festival de Radio France-Montpellier, the Printemps des Arts, Monte-Carlo, the Festival de Musique, Menton, the Festival International at Colmar, the Festival Pianistico Internazionale  di Brescia-Bergamo, the Bologna Festival, the Sagra Malatestiana in Rimini, the Merano Festival, and the Piano Festival in Yokohama.

Many of his concerts have been broadcast on the radio by France Musique, Radio Classique, Espace 2, DRS 2, RTSI, and on TV by stations such as France 2 (programme hosted by J.-F. Zygel), France 3 (Alain Duault), France 5, Mezzo, and the international station, 3 Sat.

Roustem Saitkoulov has released a large number of CDs, with EMI Classics and Dinemec Classics, in particular. He has recently recorded the two Chopin concertos with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for Master Chord Records, as well as Shostakovich’s Concerto no. 1 and a concerto by the contemporary Estonian composer Jaan Raats with the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie for IndéSens.

Roustem Saitkoulov is also frequently involved in chamber music. Regularly partnering Maxim Vengerov, he has also played in the company of Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Pierre Amoyal, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Olivier Charlier, Xavier Phillips, Laurent Korcia,  Svetlin Roussev, François Salque,  Mayuko Kamio, and Sayaka Shoji.

The essential

Estimated duration : 1h50
Thursday 18 February 2016
8.30 p.m. - Auditorium



Johann Sebastian Bach — Chaconne from Partita no. 2 for solo violin


Franz Schubert — Grand Duo for violin and piano in A major Op. 162


Maurice Ravel — Sonata no. 2 for violin and piano in G major


Eugène Ysaÿe — Sonata for solo violin Op. 27 no. 6


Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst — Introduction, theme, and variations for violin on the Irish ballad ‘The Last Rose of Summer’


Niccolò Paganini — I Palpiti Op. 13 (arranged by Fritz Kreisler)

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