April 7, 2014: Maxim Vengerov in Israel and Olga Borodina in Siberia

collageOn Monday, April 7, Maxim Vengerov joins the Ashdod Symphony in the orchestra’s Israeli hometown. With conductor and music director Vag Papian, Maxim and the symphony perform beloved classics in support of “The David Fund” (Keren David), which works to promote young performers in Israel.

April 7 also sees mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina in concert, as part of Vadim Repin’s Trans-Siberian Art Festival. Held in Novosibirsk, Olga will perform Mussorgsky’s “Songs and Dances of Death.” Alexander Slakovsky conducts the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, with a program that also includes Mussorgsky’s A Night on Bald Mountain and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.


Maxim Vengerov in recital at the Palacio de Bellas Artes

maxim-front1On March 29, Maxim Vengerov travels to Mexico City for a recital at the Palacio de Bellas Artes. The Russian violinist joins compatriot pianist Roustem Saitkoulov for an evening of works by Bach, Franck, Brahms, Dvorak, Wieniawski, Kreisler, Paganini, Ysaÿe, and Saint-Saëns, including several favorites that have been part of Maxim’s repertoire in recent months.

Of an earlier 2013 recital, praised Maxim, noting that “Beyond his famously rich tone, Vengerov… has that great quality of violinists of old, playing beyond idiomatically, making the music come to him without ever making it seem unnatural.” Maxim’s concert at the Palacio de Bellas Artes will also be broadcast live via satellite nationwide. For ticket information, click here.


Maxim Vengerov in recital at the Salle Pleyel

mv-news-1Parisian audiences can see and hear Maxim Vengerov in recital at the Salle Pleyel this weekend. Maxim joins his longtime recital partner, pianist Itamar Golan, for a performance at the venerated concert hall on March 15. Together, they offer Bach’s Partita No. 2 in D Minor, Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 1, and Romantic virtuosic pieces by Wieniawski, Sarasate, Paganini, and more.

The pair was heard in performance at London’s Barbican Centre earlier this year. Of that performance, The Independent praised Maxim’s “elegance of line and purity of tone.” Likewise, The Times described it as “the stuff of legends” and went on to praise Vengerov and Golan’s performance of the same Prokofiev work they’ll play in Paris: “From the savagely angry outbreaks to the eerie, dead-behind-the-eyes nihilism, it caught everything in what is surely the most (unintentionally?) autobiographical of Prokofiev’s works. Stunning.”

Olga Borodina in concert at the Royal Opera House Muscat

Screen Shot 2013-10-17 at 2.13.25 PMOn Sunday, March 2, Olga Borodina takes the stage of the Royal Opera House Muscat for a special evening of opera arias. Reuniting with conductor Emmanuel Villaume, who recently led Olga in a concert performance of Samson et Dalila at the Mariinsky Theatre, Olga performs with the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra.

The first half of the concert is centered around Russian works, including selections from Eugene Onegin, Prince Igor, The Stone Guest, and Prokofiev’s cantata Alexander Nevsky. Olga pairs these classics with French and Italian arias in the second half of the evening, including excerpts from Carmen, Samson et Dalila, La Gioconda, and Adriana Lecouvreur. For more information, click here.

Maxim Vengerov performs Beethoven and Rimsky-Korsakov at the Barbican Centre

nfbm-mvMaxim Vengerov gives the final concert of his residency at the Barbican on February 28. Returning to the multi-arts center’s concert hall where he has appeared an unprecedented five times in the last three months, the Russian violinist and conductor gives a sold-out concert with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Maxim is first heard as soloist in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano (as led by Andrew Litton with fellow soloists Antonio Meneses and Igor Levit), and then takes up both the baton and solo violin for Rimsky-Korsakov’s Schéhérazade.