Maxim Vengerov, biography
The violinist Maxim Vengerov was born on 20 August 1974 in Novosibirsk, Russia, to a Jewish family with musical tradition. At the age of 5, he began studying the violin with Borbala Hwang, and two years later with Zakhar Bron. 1984 saw the 10 year old Maxim go abroad for the first time; in Lublin, Poland, he won the first place at the International Karol Lipiński and Henryk Wieniawski Young Violin Player Competition.
When Bron left Russia in 1987 to teach at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in London, the violinist MaximVengérov and his mother followed him there, and did so again after Bron moved to Lübeck to open a school there.
In 1990, Vengérov proved his extraordinary talent with victory at the International Carl Flesch Competition in London. At the time, he had already studied with Z. Bron in London and Lübeck. His public appearances – both solo and with orchestras at major European music venues sparked interest of major record labels and music magazines.
Numerous recording prizes and “Artist of the Year” titles followed, as did the celebrated Grammy Award, Edison Award, and the highly prestigious “Echo Klassik” annual distinction awarded to him by the German Television in 2003 for recital feat. compositions by J. S. Bach.
In 1997, he became UNICEF’s Envoy for Music and has met and performed for children in such places, as Uganda, Thailand or Kosovo. “Playing by Heart”, a Channel 4 production about the virtuoso’s meetings with young musicians during his master classes, which was shown at the Cannes Festival in 1999, enjoyed tremendous popularity throughout the world. Contacts with Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniel Barenboim or Vag Papian, as well as performances with the world’s most famous orchestras, like the Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic or the Chicago Symphony, exerted profound influence upon Maxim Vengerov’s artistic progress and development of his musical skills. The artist took a two-year course in the Baroque violin and repertoire of the epoch.
However, he does not restrict himself to the violin alone; the viola, jazz improvisation, dance, and conducting have caught his attention. Since the earliest stages of his career, he has been playing various Stradivari instruments; at present, it is the 1727 “Ex-Kreutzer”.
Since 2005, the violinist Maxim Vengerov has been Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London. During a sabbatical year in 2007, Vengerov was the subject of the film Living the Dream, directed by Ken Howard, for ITV’s South Bank Show, in which he revisited his birthplace in Novosibirsk and played viola and danced tango with Christiane Palha for the premiere of Benjamin Yusupov’s Concerto for Viola. Living the Dream was also issued as an EMI DVD which won the BBC Music Magazine Award for Best DVD documentary 2008.
From 2008 to 2012, Vengorov performed only infrequently in public on violin, having suffered an exercise injury that affected his playing. During that time, he devoted himself extensively to conducting. In April 2012 he gave a recital at Wigmore Hall in London a performance which was his first appearance in London in four years.
Recently, the artist has also renewed and consolidated his ties with Poland. He has been performing with the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Sinfonietta Cracovia and the Polish Baltic Philharmonic. In October 2006, his concert with the Sinfonia Varsovia conducted by Andrzej Boreyko closed the 13th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań. In October 2011 he was the chairman of the jury at the 14th edition of the competition. In November 2011, he married Olga Gringolts, sister of the violinist Ilya Gringolts.
Maxim Vengerov plays an Antonio Stradivarius violin, the « Kreutzer », instrument of 1727.
Maxim Vengerov, discography
Violin Sonata No. 9 Beethoven Kreutzer, Second Violin Sonata by Johannes Brahms. Alexander Markovich piano.
Violin sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven No. 5, Spring sonata for violin by Felix Mendelssohn F major Violin Sonata K378 by Mozart. Alexander Markovich and Itamar Golan, piano.
Violin Concerto by Felix Mendelssohn, First Violin Concerto Bruch. Kurt Masur / Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig.
First Concerto for violin by Niccolò Paganini, Havanaise Camille Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso; Carmen Fantasy by Franz Waxman. Zubin Mehta / Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
First violin concerto by Sergei Prokofiev, First Violin Concerto of Dmitri Shostakovich. Mstislav Rostropovich / London Symphony Orchestra.
Second Violin Concerto by Sergei Prokofiev Second Violin Concerto of Dmitri Shostakovich. Mstislav Rostropovich / London Symphony Orchestra.
Violin Concerto by Jean Sibelius Violin Concerto by Carl Nielsen. Daniel Barenboim / Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Violin Concerto by Alexander Glazunov. Claudio Abbado / Berlin Philharmonic.
Virtuoso Vengerov, works by Niccolò Paganini, Fritz Kreisler, Antonio Bazzini, etc. Itamar Golan, piano.
The Road I Travel, works of Jules Massenet, Tchaikovsky, Franz Waxman, Mozart, Beethoven, etc.
Brahms Violin Concerto and Third Violin Sonata. Daniel Barenboim (direction and piano), Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Dvořák’s Violin Concerto, Violin Sonata Edward Elgar. Kurt Masur / New York Philharmonic. Revital Chachamov piano.
Cantible of Rodion Shchedrin Concerto, Violin Concerto in D Igor Stravinsky Melancholy Serenade op. 26 by Tchaikovsky. Mstislav Rostropovich / London Symphony Orchestra.
Vengerov & virtuosi, works by Johannes Brahms, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Aram Khachaturian, Jules Massenet, etc.
Vengerov plays Bach Shchedrin Ysaÿe.
Violin Concerto by Benjamin Britten Violin Concerto by William Walton, Mstislav Rostropovich / London Symphony Orchestra.
Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, Third Violin Concerto by Camille Saint-Saëns, Ravel Tzigane. Antonio Pappano / Philharmonia Orchestra.
Vengerov, works by Fritz Kreisler, Niccolò Paganini, Pablo de Sarasate, Wieniawski. Ian Brown piano.
Beethoven Violin Concerto, first and second for violin. Mstislav Rostropovich / London Symphony Orchestra.