Maxim Vengerov & NY Phil celebrate Chinese New Year

12695043_978199775579427_8702804983790881920_oMaxim Vengerov spent this ChineseNewYear with the New York Philharmonic & Maestro Long Yu in a special Chinese New Year Gala concert on Tuesday night.

Maxim performed Chen Gang / He Zhan-hao’s famed “The Butterfly Lovers” Violin Concerto in the concert, which took place at David Geffen Hall – the home of the New York Philharmonic.

Next, Maxim will travel to Toronto Ontario for the International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition preliminaries and Saturday will see him in concert with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra & Long Yu for another Chinese New Year celebration!

Maxim Vengerov on tour in Australia

Maxim Vengerov Festival 2015 - Flagship JapanMid November saw Maxim Vengerov travel to Australia in preparation for the upcoming tour which kicks off with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s season finale on 28th November. Maxim will perform the original version of Sibelius’s violin concerto and also conduct the QSO in Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.

Onward to Adelaide where Maxim will commence a special gala recital tour with pianist Roustem Saitkoulov to celebrate Musica Viva’s (Australia’s oldest independent professional performing arts organisation) 70th anniversary. With recitals and masterclasses in Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne, the tour will conclude with a recital at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on the 10th December.


Tour in a nutshell:

Brisbane – 28/11 Vengerov & QSO @ QPAC

Adelaide – 02/12 Vengerov in recital @ Adelaide Festival Centre

Perth – 05/12 Vengerov Masterclass @ Dining Hall, St. George’s College

Perth – 06/12 Vengerov in recital @ Perth Concert Hall

Melbourne – 08/12 Vengerov in recital @ Arts Centre Melbourne

Sydney – 09/12 Vengerov Masterclass @ Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Sydney – 10/12 Vengerov in recital @ Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

Olga Borodina opens the season of the Munich Philharmonic


Tomorrow Olga Borodina will open the season of the Munich Philharmonic alongside Anne Schwanewilms and Valery Gergiev at the Philharmonie am Gasteig. Together with the Philharmonischer Chor München, they will perform Mahler’s Symphony No.2 in c minor “Resurrection Symphony”. The concert will also take place on Friday 18th and Saturday 20th September.

Following these, Ms Borodina will head straight to Bratislava for the Bratislava Music Festival, in which she will perform Modest Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death, with the Slovak Philharmonic conducted by Maestro Villaume.

Maxim Vengerov & the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra on tour!

Vengerov & Long Yu

The end of August sees Maxim Vengerov on tour with Maestro Long Yu and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, with the opening concert to be held at the United Nations Headquarters New York. Following this, they will perform 2 concerts in Rio de Janeiro, and finish with a concert in Buenos Aires.



Destination 1: United Nations HQ – GA Hall, New York – 28.08.15
A concert in commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the United Nations & the End of the Second World War

Destination 2: Rio de Janeiro – 30/31.08.15
Théâtre Municipal & Cidade Das Artes

Destination 3: Buenos Aires – 02.09.15
Teatro Colón

During the tour Mr Vengerov will be performing the following pieces:
John Williams – Theme from Schinlder’s List
Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto
He Zhanhao/Chen Gang – Butterfly Lovers’ Concerto

Olga Borodina in Mahler Symphony No 2 & No 3 at Mariinsky Theatre


After opening the XIV Moscow Easter Festival last month alongside Denis Matsuev and Valery Gergiev, last weekend saw Olga Borodina perform in a Mahler run at the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg.

The ‘Mahler weekender’, conducted by Valery Gergiev began on Saturday 23rd May with Mahler’s Symphony No.2 – a concert dedicated to the commemoration of the victims of the Armenian Genocide (1914-1915). Ms Borodina sang alongside Soprano Irma Gigolaty, accompanied by the Mariinsky Chorus and Orchestra.

The weekender continued the following evening with Ms Borodina in concert with the Mariinsky Theatre Chorus, Children’s Chorus and Orchestra in a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No.3.

Borodina as Marfa
Next month will see Ms Borodina in one of her title roles as ‘Dalila’ in a concert performance of Saint-Saëns Samson and Dalila (2nd June) as well as a performance of Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina – a Russian national musical drama in 5 acts (29th June).

Saint-Saëns’ heroine requires special qualities of timbre and the ability to change the ‘temperature’ of the singing in an instant – from passionate heat to icy cunning. Borodina has all of this, the nobleness and purity of her voice sometimes making those who listen to her Dalila to lose themselves. She is very good indeed – even too good for such a terrible character’ Politbyuro

Photo credits: Mariinsky Theatre