On 2nd April , the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire hosted a concert by Maxim Vengerov
The famous violinist, whose mastery and impeccable technique is recognized all over the world, has already appeared at the Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival; tonight he performed the complete Brahms' violin sonatas accompanied by the virtuoso pianist Polina Osetinskaya.
Maxim Vengerov appears at the best world venues with major orchestras and conductors. Besides, he recorded an extensive violin repertoire and received a number of recording awards including two Grammy awards. Vengerov holds also an intense teaching activity: he is a Professor at the Yehudi Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland and at the Royal College of Music in London.
According to Maxim Vengrov, he was lucky to have performed and worked together with the great Maestro Rostropovich; recordings of concerts by Britten and Walton performed by Wengerov with the London Symphony Orchestra under Mstislav Leopoldovich won the 2004 Grammy Award for «The Best Performance of Instrumental Solo Accompanied by an Orchestra». According to Vengerov, Mstislav Leopoldovich always was his mentor; it is thanks to the Maestro that he became a professor of music and decided to enter the conductor's profession. «If it were not for him, I probably would not have become a musician». Mstislav Leopoldovich «expanded my ideas about music and introduced me to such composers as Shostakovich and Prokofiev as if they were still alive, and I actually met with them,» Wengerov said.
Tonight's concert was the best way pay tribute to Maestro Rostropovich: the refined and yet powerful performance by Maxim Vengerov made it clear that the legacy of Mstislav Leopoldovich is alive and his students continue the musical traditions that he passed on to them.
The Moscow public remained more than enthusiastic about today's concert: the audience gave standing ovations to thank Maxim Vengerov and Polina Osetinskaya for their excellent performance. The musicians played two encores: the first was the energetic Hungarian Dance No. 2 by Brahms and the second – Rachmaninov's Vocalise, back then brilliantly performed by Galina Vishnevskaya accompanied by Mstislav Rostropovich. Before playing this work, Vengerov addressed the public saying «I would like to dedicate this encore to our beloved Mstislav Rostropovich, my brilliant teacher, and his wife, Galina Vishnevskaya».
The next concert in the Festival's programme will be held on 4th April: the Grand Hall of the Conservatoire will host a concert of French music performed by several remarkable ensembles: Japanese orchestra Yokohama Synfonietta, the Philharmonic Chorus of Tokyo, the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia «Evgeny Svetlanov» and the Yurlov State Academic Choir of Russia.