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Maxim Vengerov Joins the Royal College of Music

538E0419 small copyWe are delight to announce that as of September 2016 Maxim Vengerov will join the Royal College of Music as Polonsky Visiting Professor of Violin. Maxim will visit the RCM at least three times a year, working with students through regular masterclasses and individual tuition.

Maxim said: ‘I am thrilled to be joining the Royal College of Music as Polonsky Visiting Professor of Violin and very much look forward to working with the RCM’s talented students. Encouraging new generations of musicians is one my greatest passions and I am very pleased to be able to help shape the future careers of violinists at one of the world’s leading music conservatoires.’

Professor Colin Lawson CBE, Director of the RCM, said: ‘The College is very fortunate to have a close relationship with The Polonsky Foundation, which already provides ongoing philanthropic support to the RCM and its students, helping to ensure that financial means are never a barrier to the world class music education we provide. Maxim Vengerov’s appointment is a testament to the extremely high levels of musical training that are central to the RCM student experience and I am thrilled to welcome him as part of the RCM family.’

Maxim Vengerov’s first visit to the RCM as Polonsky Visiting Professor of Violin will be for a public masterclass on 23 September 2016 at 6pm.

The newly created role of Polonsky Visiting Professor of Violin is generously supported by The Polonsky Foundation.

Maxim Vengerov praises Edinburgh peace project commemorating fallen of WW1

MV & Wilfred Owen Violin, Aug 2016Backstage at the Usher Hall after a sold out Edinburgh Intl Festival recital, Maxim Vengerov met (for the 2nd time) the Wilfred Owen violin – a commemorative violin crafted to mark the centenary of WW1. Maxim took time to handle the violin, which was created from a sycamore tree in the grounds of the Craiglockhart War Hospital where famous war poet Wilfred Owen was a patient in 1917. Maxim endorsed the violin as “an envoy for peace and reconciliation through the power of music”.

More info about the violin can be found here http://bit.ly/2bkWDjl .

#WilfredOwen #EIF2016

Vengerov ‘flawless’ @ Edinburgh Intl Festival

“***** No matter if it’s for his flawless artistry or breathtaking virtuosity, violinist Maxim Vengerov is rightly hailed as one of the world’s great players” The Scotsman

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August 2016 saw many recitals for Maxim Vengerov and Roustem Saitkoulov including one special recital at the Edinburgh International Festival to which the pair received rave reviews:

Their virtuosity & magnetic stage presence coupled with their rich, lustrous sound swiftly captivated the audience” Herald Scotland

“As well as miraculous high-wire pyrotechnics, Maxim Vengerov showed us profound musicianship at Edinburgh Intl Festival. How can a human being do all that?” Donald Macleod, BBC R3

The pair performed a programme of Schubert, Beethoven & Ravel violin sonatas complimented with some violin showpieces… (full details below) at a sold out Usher Hall on Wednesday night.

Full Programme

Schubert Violin Sonata in A major, ‘Duo’

Beethoven Violin Sonata No 7 in C minor

Ravel Violin Sonata in G major

Ernst Variations on the Irish Folk Song ‘The Last Rose of Summer’ for solo violin

Paganini Cantabile

Paganini (arr. Kreisler) I palpiti (Introduction and Variations on Rossini’s ‘Di tanti palpiti’)

Maxim Vengerov announced as QSO’s 2017 Artist-in-Residence

11222465_10153772298015522_1456819085522571061_nMaxim Vengerov has been announced as the Queensland Symphony Orchestra‘s 2017 Artist-in-Residence!

2017 being the year of the orchestra’s 70th anniversary, Maxim will help celebrate this anniversary with the orchestra by performing in a series of concerts in February and November, including his first solo concert hall recital in Queensland, and a season finale performance with the QSO of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.

For more information about these concerts and other special QSO events featuring Maxim in 2017 click here .

Olga Borodina Wows @ 1st Night of the BBC Proms

O.B Proms 4Last Friday saw Olga Borodina perform “The Field of the Dead” from Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky cantata at the first night of the BBC Proms.

Under the baton of Maestro Oramo, Olga wowed the Proms audience together with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Chorus of Wales and BBC Symphony Chorus:

 

“Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky cantata…a refined intervention from Olga Borodina in the ‘Field of the Dead’ section; this Russian mezzo’s artistry allowed her to weave exquisite arabesques around the choral theme.” The Independent

“Highlight of the FIRST NIGHT BBC Proms was the majestic Olga Borodina entering through the BBC Symphony Orchestra to survey the battlefield dead. That sound.” Edward Seckerson

“Olga Borodina provided velvety Russian tone in a heartfelt lament over the bodies on the battlefield” The Guardian

 

If you missed Olga in action, you can watch again here (from 29:49).