“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