Maxim Vengerov’s Ravinia concerts named Best of 2013 by Chicago Sun-Times

The Chicago Sun-Times recently named Maxim Vengerov’s appearances at the Ravinia Festival one of the best classical music moments of 2013. Critic Andrew Patner wrote of the July events, which marked Maxim’s hotly-anticipated return to the United States concert stage, “Ravinia had a triple coup with the only U.S. bookings this year of the young Russian violin… Vengerov is at the top of his game technically and interpretively.”

Maxim’s first recital of 2014 takes place at the Barbican Centre in London. For more information on his schedule, click here.

Olga Borodina’s Moscow jubilee

Following a September celebration at St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, Olga Borodina continues her year of jubilee concerts at Moscow’s Kremlin Palace Theatre. Located in Red Square, the theatre hosts the legendary mezzo-soprano’s 50th birthday celebration in her home country’s capital city, which also marks her debut in the hall.

Singing folk songs and selections from Russian operettas, Olga will be joined by a multitude of ensembles, including the Russian National Orchestra, the State Academic Russian Folk Ensemble “L.G. Zykina,” and the men’s choir of the St. Danilov Monastery. For tickets, click here.

Maxim Vengerov on tour in China

This month, Maxim Vengerov can be heard in China as he tours the country with Tchaikovsky’s romantic Violin Concerto. On December 6 and 8, he performs the work under conductor Long Yu, first with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and next in Beijing with the China Philharmonic Orchestra. On December 13, he guests with the Hangzhou Symphony Orchestra and conductor Yang Yang, offering the same work, before joining the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra on December 15.

Maxim Vengerov in recital at the Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall

On November 28, Maxim Vengerov joins pianist Vag Papian in Yerevan for a recital at the Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall. Performing as part of the 14th International Music Festival “Yerevan Perspectives,” the duo offer works by Bach, Franck, Brahms, Dvorak, Kreisler, Shostakovich, Saint-Saëns and more. For more information, click here.

Maxim Vengerov in residency in London and Oxford

Following Monday’s concert with the Polish Chamber Orchestra at the Barbican Centre — the first installment of a residency at the performing arts venue this season — Maxim Vengerov will later this week be heard once again in the United Kingdom in a number of settings.

On November 22, the violinist-conductor returns to the Royal Academy of Music in London to give a public master class in his capacity of Menuhin Professor of Music. The free, unticketed event takes place at the Academy’s Duke’s Hall.

As the Oxford Philomusica’s newly-appointed artist-in-residence, Maxim launches his tenure on December 1 with the Oxford Inauguration Concert. There, he will perform Franck’s Sonata in A Major, Saint-Saëns’s Havanaise, and Tchaikovsky’s Valze Scherzo.