Universally hailed as one of the world’s finest musicians, Maxim Vengerov also 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, recording extensively violin music and earning many accolades, including among others, 2 Grammy awards and 4 Gramophone awards. His musicianship earned him a Gloria award, a prize established by Mstislav Rostropovich.
In the last few seasons Maxim Vengerov has performed as soloist and/or conductor with many major orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Tireless in his search for new means of creative expression, Maxim Vengerov has let himself be inspired by many different styles of music, including baroque, jazz and rock and in 2007 followed in the footsteps of his mentors, the late Mstislav Rostropovich and Daniel Barenboim and turned his attention to conducting. Mr Vengerov has since conducted major orchestras around the world, and in 2010 was appointed the first chief conductor of the Gstaad Festival Orchestra. He will be conducting his first performance of Eugene Onegin in Moscow in December 2017.
In the last few seasons Maxim Vengerov has performed as soloist and/or conductor with many major orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
2013 saw the launch of the annual Vengerov Festival in Tokyo with a series of recitals, concerts and masterclasses, combining Mr Vengerov’s passion for conducting, performing and teaching.
The current season will see Mr Vengerov return for concerts with the Orchestre de Paris as well as open the season of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He will also perform and conduct the season finale of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Other conducting engagements will include the RTE Orchestra Dublin, Munich Philharmonic and Melbourne SO. Amongst recitals in Europe and Asia, he will perform the Park Concerts with the New York Philharmonic in June next year and tour Europe with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
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 Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland (IMMA) and the Polonsky Visiting Professor of Violin at the Royal College of Music in London. Furthermore, in keeping with his belief that competitions are a platform to launch young artists’ international careers, Mr Vengerov has served on numerous juries including the Donatella Flick conducting competition, the Menuhin Violin Competition and in May 2013 conducted the finals during the Montreal International Violin Competition. Owing to his success as chairman of the prestigious Wieniawski Violin Competition in 2011, where he auditioned live over 200 musicians in nine world capitals, Mr Vengerov was unprecedentedly re-elected to return as chairman in 2016.
In 1997 Mr Vengerov became the first classical musician to be appointed International Goodwill Ambassador by UNICEF. In this role Vengerov has met and performed for disadvantaged children in troubled countries. This work has afforded him the opportunity to both inspire children worldwide, and inspire others to raise funds for UNICEF assisted programmes.
Mr Vengerov has been profiled in a series of documentaries.
He has received prestigious fellowships and honours from a number of institutions, including the Royal Academy of Music, and in 2012 was awarded an Honorary Visiting Fellowship at Trinity College Oxford.
Mr Vengerov has also received numerous awards including a Classical Brit Award, two ECHO awards and a World Economic Forum Crystal award – honouring artists who have used their art to improve the state of the world.
Mr Vengerov plays the ex-Kreutzer Stradivari (1727).