Maxim Vengerov guests in Istanbul Music Festival closing concert

On June 29 Maxim Vengerov will bring this year’s Istanbul Music Festival to a close, performing as guest soloist in Dvorak’s Violin Concerto in A minor with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra. Vengerov’s Istanbul performance is his first since last performing there twelve years ago.

Next month, Maxim Vengerov makes his highly anticipated return to the American concert stage, performing at the Ravinia Festival both in recital and in concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


The Vengerov Festival in Tokyo

Following performances in Montreal, Lucerne, and Baden-Baden this past May, violinist and conductor Maxim Vengerov travels to Asia for the Vengerov Festival, a series of recitals, concerts, and masterclasses in Japan. The Festival’s public activities begin June 6 with a masterclass and concert at Kioi Hall. On June 10 Maxim guests with the, performing Brahms’s Violin Concerto along side Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Dai Myata and Kazume Shimizu. The Russian violinist presents two further recitals as part of the Festival, the first in Nishinomiya at the Hyogo Performing Arts Center on June 11 and the second at the Japanese Capital’s Suntory Hall on June 12. The “Vengerov Festival” culminates in a June 13 concert with the Tokyo Philharmonic at Suntory Hall, where Maxim’s program comprises Bach’s Double Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, as well as  Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, which sees Vengerov doubling as conductor and soloist.

Maxim Vengerov to open Zaubersee Festival, present recitals in Lucerne & Baden-Baden

Russian violinist Maxim Vengerov gives a series of performances this May in Lucerne and Baden-Baden. On May 22 Vengerov opens the 2013 Zaubersee – Russian Music Lucerne festival, which celebrates the connections between the music of Russia and the lakes of Switzerland. This year’s festival spotlights composer Sergei Rachmaninoff, who for many years lived in the Swiss city. The May 22 program comprises the Russian composer’s Lied, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A Minor, and Debussy’s Piano Trio in G Major.

On May 26 Vengerov presents a recital with longtime collaborator Itamar Golan, performing violin sonatas by Beethoven and Schubert in addition to selected works by Tchaikovsky. Click here for information on the Lucerne performances, tickets, and more.

Following his concert earlier this season with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Maxim Vengerov returns to the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden on May 24, presenting a recital with Itamar Golan in a program that showcases works by Franck, Saint-Saëns, Beethoven, and Schubert. For tickets, click here.

Maxim Vengerov at the Montreal International Musical Competition this May

This May Russian violinist Maxim Vengerov trades his bow for the baton, conducting finalists in the Montreal International Musical Competition 2013 violin edition. 24 of the world’s finest young violinists descend on Montreal from May 7 to 17 to contend in the competition; and on May 14 and 15, Vengerov will conduct the six finalists in a concert with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. On May 17 Vengerov leads the competition winners for a gala concert at the Maison symphonique de Montréal.

As part of his participation in the Montreal International Musical Competition 2013 violin edition, Vengerov also gives a special performance on May 13 with young cellist Stéphane Tétreault and the competition’s 2004 piano laureate Serhiy Salov, performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Orchestre de Chambre I Musici de Montréal at the Maison symphonique de Montréal.

For more information on the festival, click here.

To watch an interview with Maxim about the festival, click here.


Streaming online: Olga Borodina’s “melting, genuinely seductive performance” at Mariinsky II opening gala

Russian mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina gave what the New York Times called “a melting, genuinely seductive performance of ‘Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix’ from Saint-Saëns’s ‘Samson et Dalila'” at a gala concert that formally opened the Mariinsky II in St. Petersburg.

You can watch Olga’s performance, conducted by Valery Gergiev, here. (Olga’s performance begins at 1h22).