Maxim Vengerov performs at farewell concert for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

ctywnk-wyaau_ezSunday night saw Maxim Vengerov perform in a special farewell concert dedicated to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, alongside the UN Orchestra. The concert took place at Victoria Hall Geneva, “in the presence of former Secretary General Kofi Annan, Swiss political dignitaries from the federal, cantonal and city levels, as well as from the Fondation pour Genève“.1 

Maestro Antoine Marguier – the conductor for the evening’s concert, led the orchestra in an all-Tchaikovsky programme, which included “a masterful interpretation of the violin concerto by Maxim Vengerov”.2

To see more photos of the evening’s events visit our coverage story on Facebook.


ClassicFM video interview with Maxim Vengerov: How to get the most out of your practice & more…


Prior to his appearance at ClassicFM Live, ClassicFM asked #MaximVengerov to share his top tips for getting the most out of your practice sessions and the piece of advice he’d give to all aspiring musicians…Click here to see Maxim’s answers during this video interview!


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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 .

#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


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’)