Olga Borodina in Concert at the Mariinsky Theatre’s XXII Stars of the White Nights Festival, St Petersburg

ob-mariinskyJune 1-9 sees mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina in concert, as part of the Mariinsky Theatre’s XXII Stars of the White Nights Festival in St Petersburg. Olga will perform the role of Dalila (Samson & Dalila, June 1st), and Marfa in the National Musical Drama Khovanshchina (June 9th) both under the direction of Maestro Valery Gergiev, and on June 6th Olga will also feature as a soloist in the performance of Mahler’s Symphony No.2 in C minor.

Maxim Vengerov and the Polish Chamber Orchestra in Asia

maxim-front1Following their tour of Europe, Maxim Vengerov and the Polish Chamber Orchestra reunite this month for concerts in Asia, with a program that highlights three works by Tchaikovsky — Sérénade Mélancolique, Scherzo No. 2 from Souvenir d’un lieu cher, and Valse-Scherzo — as well as Mozart’s Violin Concertos Nos. 4 and 5, and will take the musicians to Korea, Taiwan, and Japan.

The first performance takes place in Seoul on May 20, followed by Daegon on May 21. Maxim and the PCO are then heard in Taipei on May 24. As part of the Vengerov Festival, the ensemble appears in Tokyo on May 26 and Nagoya on May 28. On May 27, they appear also as part of the Vengerov Festival in Osaka with a special concert of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 and Bach’s Double Concerto with Akiko Tanaka as well as the three Tchaikovsky pieces. Finally, on May 29, Maxim and the Polish Chamber Orchestra appear in Yokohama as part of a charity event for victims of the 2011 tsunami and earthquake.

Menuhin Professor of Music Maxim Vengerov Gives a Masterclass at the Royal Academy of Music

0038bc242e1098ea538f93c66bb96bb5On May 6, Menuhin Professor of Music Maxim Vengerov returns to the Royal Academy of Music for an afternoon of violin masterclasses. This the latest of several immersive workshops given at the celebrated school by the Maxim, who works with students of the Academy each term as part of his commitment to education. Maxim will work with student artists on notable pieces in the violin repertoire by Elgar, Sibelius, Ysaÿe, and Beethoven in an event that is free and open to the public.

Artist-in-Residence Maxim Vengerov’s Oxford Philomusica concerts continue in Basingstoke, Manchester, and Oxford

nfbm-mvThis spring, Maxim Vengerov continues his season of performances as Artist-in-Residence with the Oxford Philomusica in Basingstoke (April 29), Manchester (May 1), and Oxford’s own Sheldonian Theatre (May 3). In all three cities, the Russian violinist performs Brahms’s Violin Concerto with the orchestra under Philomusica founder and music director Marios Papadopoulos, who also leads Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, “Scottish.” At the Sheldonian, the program also includes the world premiere of Rachel Lockwood’s Fantasia on an Original Theme.

In recognition of his work with the orchestra, Maxim will also be invested as an Honorary Visiting Fellow of Trinity College on May 2.

Maxim Vengerov gives a recital of Bach, Prokofiev, and more in Lyon

mv-news-1Tomorrow, Maxim Vengerov can be heard at Lyon’s Bourse du Travail with his frequent recital partner, Itamar Golan. Together, the pair offer some of their best-loved interpretations, including the Partita from Bach’s Chaconne No. 2 in D Minor, Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, and Romantic showpieces by Brahms, Saint-Saëns, Ysaÿe, and Kreisler. For ticket information, click here.