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

Maxim Vengerov Festival 2015

Maxim Vengerov Festival 2015 - Flagship JapanFollowing performances in Aix en Provence, Brussels, London, and Russia during April, violinist and conductor Maxim Vengerov travels to Japan in May for what will be the third year of the “Maxim Vengerov Festival, Japan” . This years festival programme will include a series of recitals, concerts, and master classes.

The Festival’s public activities begin on May 21st with a recital at the Symphony Hall, Osaka. On May 22nd and 24th Maxim will give master classes at Soai University, Osaka and the Toho Gakuen School of Music Tokyo, the latter of whom he will guest with in concert at Suntory Hall (26th May) in a programme of Mozart, Vivaldi and Rimsky-Korsakov. The 27th May sees Maxim sharing his knowledge with 8 students during his third and final master class of the festival at the Tokyo College of Music, and the following day will see him perform alongside Akiko Tanaka in a recital at Oji Hall.

The “Maxim Vengerov Festival 2015” culminates in a June 1st concert with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at Suntory Hall, where the program will feature Maxim as soloist in Sibelius’s Violin Concerto and as conductor in Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.

 For more info please click here & here

Maxim Vengerov’s 40th Birthday Concert

Below is the link to the full concert of Mr Vengerov’s 40th birthday, which took place at the Luna Classics Festival on the 20th August 2014. The video is available free on the ARTE concert website for a short time only, in association with Mezzo TV.



Maxim Vengerov “Emperor of the bow in Aix-en-Provence”


“Maxim ‘Maximus’ Vengerov proved that he is again the ‘best violinist in the world’…he could play any piece of wood and draw miracles”  Le Monde

Easter Sunday marked Mr Vengerov’s recital in Aix-en-Provence in a program of Elgar and Prokofiev Sonatas plus a series of virtuosic shorts. The recital, which also featured pianist Roustem Saitkoulov, was extremely well received by the audience and media:

“Maxim Vengerov, emperor of the bow in Aix-en-Provence…At the summit of his art, the violinist gave a dazzling recital”  Le Temps 

This recital follows on from a very successful March during which Mr Vengerov completed a European tour with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Myung-Whun Chung. Following their concert together at the Berlin Philharmonie, the Berliner Morgenpost wrote:

“Russia’s star violinist Maxim Vengerov back with old power…Which living world class violinist can claim to be able to produce a similarly voluminous, piercing sound? A sound that even in the highest notes still sounds juicy and full of power”

After concerts in the new Philharmonie in Paris, the Musikverein Vienna, and the Cologne and Berlin Philharmonie, they entered the recording studio together to record the Tchaikovsky violin concerto – to be released soon on Mr Vengerov’s new label VMV (Vengerov Music Vision).

For more information about the recital program in Aix-en-Provence as well as the impact of conducting on his career as a soloist, Mr Vengerov discusses this and more, in a short video here.

Photo credit: Caroline Doutre

Maxim Vengerov on tour with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France & Myung-Whun Chung

Maxim Vengerov is on a European tour this month with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France & Maestro Myung-Whun Chung. Together they will perform concerts in Paris, Austria & Germany:

Friday 20th March: Philharmonie de Paris

Sunday 22nd March: Musikverein, Vienna

Tuesday 24th March: Philharmonie Cologne

Wednesday 25th March: Philharmonie de Berlin

Programme: Tchaikovsky violin concerto & Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

On their return to Paris they will then enter the recording studio together & record the Tchaikovsky violin concerto plus more! As well as performing in a concert in aid of UNICEF at the Radio France auditorium (29/03). For more info and tickets please click here.

UPDATE – Following the concert at the Philharmonie de Berlin, the Berlin Morgenpost wrote,

“Russlands Stargeiger Maxim Vengerov mit alter Kraft zurück…Welcher lebende Weltklassegeiger kann von sich behaupten, einen ähnlich voluminösen, durchdringenden Ton erzeugen zu können? Einen Ton, der selbst in höchsten Höhen noch saftig und kraftgeladen klingt?“

“Russia’s star violinist Maxim Vengerov back with old power…Which living world class violinist can claim to be able to produce a similarly voluminous, piercing sound? A sound that even in the highest notes still sounds juicy and full of power”