Maxim Vengerov’s Barbican Centre recital “the stuff of legends”

Maxim Vengerov’s Friday recital at London’s Barbican Centre has earned acclaim from audiences and critics alike.

“The encores to the encores could have gone on all night,” raved The Independentwhich awarded the performance five out of five stars. “How nice to report that among fiddlers Maxim Vengerov, now 39, once again reigns supreme.”

“The recital given on Friday by Vengerov and Itamar Golan, his lugubrious but rock-solid piano accompanist, was the stuff of legends,” concurred The Times, which went on to add that “Vengerov sounded as insouciantly virtuosic as he has ever done.”

Maxim Vengerov’s London schedule continues with a public masterclass at the Royal Academy of Music on January 14 and a chamber concert at the Barbican Centre on January 17.

Maxim Vengerov at the Barbican Centre and Royal Academy of Music

After an acclaimed 2013, Maxim Vengerov’s 2014 concerts begin with a residency at London’s famed Barbican Centre. On January 10, he performs a recital that includes violin sonatas by Elgar, Prokofiev, and Ysaÿe plus works by Brahms, Dvorak, Wieniawsky, Kreisler, Shostakovich, Paganini, and Saint-Saëns. Four days later on January 14, he gives a public masterclass at the Royal Academy of Music.

Maxim returns to the Barbican for a chamber concert on January 17 with fellow violinist Ilya Gringolts, pianist Itamar Golan, violist Lawrence Power, cellist Antonio Meneses, and clarinetist Sharon Kam. The ensemble offers Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes, Shostakovich’s Trio No. 2, and Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet. On February 2, Maxim can be heard in a larger scale with the London Symphony Orchestra under Antonio Pappano, reprising his acclaimed account of Britten’s Violin Concerto.

For more information on Maxim’s Barbican residency, click here.

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.