Maxim Vengerov will perform at the Royal Albert Hall

On September 19, a concert by world-renowned violinist and conductor Maxim Vengerov will take place on the stage of the Royal Albert Hall. On the same day, the virtuoso musician will celebrate the 40th anniversary of his own performances. Afisha.London magazine tells what awaits guests and who should come to the show. Especially for readers: promo code afishalondon for a 20% discount on all ticket categories.

 

Maxim Vengerov was born in Chelyabinsk in 1974 in a musical family. From childhood, parents instilled in the boy a love of art and music. Mom worked as a choir director, father was an oboist in a philharmonic orchestra. For the first time, Vengerov picked up the instrument at the age of 5. The young musician received a prize at the International Competition for Young Violinists by the age of 10.

 

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In 1989 the violinist and his teacher Zakhar Bron moved from Novosibirsk to Germany, where he continued his performing and, later, conducting career. Maxim Vengerov teaches in the UK, at the Royal College of Music, and in Austria, at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg. The musician does not forget about Russia: in 2020, he received the title of honorary professor at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, the oldest musical educational institution in Russia.

Vengerov raises two daughters: Lisa plays the piano, Polina — the cello. Maxim Alexandrovich is an adherent of classical education. He believes that children should be engaged in clubs, have hobbies and combine general education with other areas. Therefore, it will be useful for parents to take their child to a concert — to listen to symphonies and instil good taste.

 

Photo: David Iliff

 

Vengerov spoke about his attitude to music and first performances in many interviews:

 

“I remember the first public concert was held in Novosibirsk. I was so carried away that I did not notice how I turned around from the audience and bowed not to the audience, but to the pianist. Apparently, I was completely into music. Music has always been for me an expression of the soul, a confession. You always forget about everything else,” — the musician shared on Ekho Moskvy radio.

 

Today Maxim Vengerov plays the “ex-Kreutzer” Stradivarius violin by 1727. Japanese-born Italian countess and harpist Yoko Nagae Ceskina helped to buy it in 1998. The instrument was bought for almost £1,000,000, which was an incredible amount for a simple Soviet family.

This autumn, for the people of London, the musician will perform Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, Shostakovich’s famous Violin Concerto No. 1 and a work by Sarasate. The minimum ticket price is £39.63. Guests will be offered to complement the evening with a three-course dinner, Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée champagne and wine. A box seat and dinner with drinks is £390.50 per person.

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Photo: Royal Albert Hall

 

“I’m happy to invite all music lovers to a special concert for me at the Royal Albert Hall. I want to share this exciting day with you,” — Maxim Vengerov invited to the performance.

 

In addition to performing, Vengerov became an honorary Israeli cultural ambassador and the first classical musician to be appointed as a UNICEF emissary. Maxim Aleksandrovich is a philanthropist also: he played for children in Uganda, Thailand and Kosovo.

In the UK, the violinist will perform in one of the best concert halls in London — the Royal Albert Hall. As part of the orchestra:

  • Mischa Maisky (Latvia, Israel) cello
  • Simon Trpčeski (Macedonia) piano
  • Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Marios Papadopoulos (Cyprus) conductor
  • Students from the Royal College of Music

Vengerov became a 6-time Grammy nominee, winner of the Brit and Gramophone awards. In 2003, the violinist was awarded a Grammy in the nomination “Best Instrumental Soloist with Orchestra”.

 

 

Performance at the Albert Hall is a virtuoso concert of classical works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Pablo de Sarasate. Outstanding musicians will help listeners plunge into the colourful expressiveness of modern, the pacifying harmony of the classics with deep philosophical content, and will reveal the artistic concept of symphonic music.

 

 

Cover photo: Benjamin Ealovega

 

 


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