Recognized as one of the world’s most exciting violinists!
Gramophone and Grammy Award winner!
At thirty two years of age Maxim Vengerov is recognized as one of the world’s most exciting violinists. Vengerov gave his first recital at the age of five and after studying with Galina Tourchaninova and Professor Zakhar Bron, he went on to win the First Prize in the Junior Wieniawski Competition when he was ten years old. In 1990, aged fifteen, he won the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition confirming his reputation as a musician of the very highest order.
In May 2000, following a ten-year recording contract with Teldec Classics, Vengerov signed an exclusive contract with EMI Classics. Vengerov’s awards and prizes have included Gramophone Young Artist of the Year, and Ritmo (Spain) Artist of the Year in 1994; Gramophone Record of the Year, Grammy Award nominations for Classical Album of the Year and Best Instrumental Soloist with Orchestra in 1996; the Edison Award for Best Concerto Recording in 1997, Gramophone Artist of the Year in 2002 and Edison Award winner and Grammy Award winner in 2004 for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (with Orchestra) for the Britten: Violin Concerto/Walton: Viola Concerto.
In 1997 Vengerov was the first classical musician to be appointed Envoy for Music by UNICEF. In this role Vengerov has met and performed for disadvantaged children in Uganda, Harlem, Thailand, and those on both sides of the Kosovan ethnic divide. This work has afforded him the opportunity to both inspire children worldwide, and inspire others to raise funds for UNICEF-assisted programmes. Another passion of Vengerov’s life is his involvement with young people through giving Masterclasses. One such event was recorded by Channel Four Television as part of a documentary on Vengerov called ‘Playing by Heart’ shown at the Cannes Television Festival in 1999. Since October 2000, Vengerov has been a Professor of Violin at the Musikhochschule des Saarlandes.
Maxim Vengerov appears regularly with all the major orchestras and eminent conductors, has performed as both soloist and conductor, made his debut on the Baroque violin accompanied by Trevor Pinnock, and has recently taken up the viola. His extensive concerto, solo, and duo recital tours have taken him regularly around the globe. Mr. Vengerov opened the 2004/05 season with the New York Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra. He toured the Far East and Europe until the end of last year with a new programme of Virtuosi pieces, a record which was also released by EMI in the Autumn. The year 2005 is a sabbatical year in which Mr. Vengerov will study Improvisation with Didier Lockwood and Tango Dance, and prepared for an explosive new viola concerto that Benjamin Yusupov has written for Mr. Vengerov. The world premiere took now place with the NDR Orchestra in Hannover in May 2005. Plans to tour this concerto worldwide are for 2007. In 2006 Mr. Vengerov will reassume his usual concert work with tours worldwide of the Mozart concertos with the UBS Verbier Chamber Orchestra and a recital tour with works by Mozart, Beethoven, Prokofiev and Shostakovich.,