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Grammy winner Maxim Vengerov is a guest of the Sofia Philharmonic

The exceptional Russian violinist and Grammy winner Maxim Vengerov will give a concert with our national orchestra under the direction of maestro Naiden Todorov in the program of the European Music Festival 2021.

On February 11 at 19:00 the world violin star will present in Bulgaria Hall a Concerto for Violin №1 by Dmitry Shostakovich, and in the second part of the evening will sound a Chamber Symphony in C minor by the same author. This is Maxim Vengerov’s third visit to Bulgaria and the first in an acoustic hall.

Maxim Vengerov (Photo: Sofia Philharmonic)

The previous brilliant performances of the violinist in Bulgaria were in 2006 and 2018. The event is part of the strong spring season of the Philharmonic, which will host a number of other remarkable classical musicians.

Like all musicians, 2020 was filled with challenges, but also with interesting new projects for the great violinist. Last January, he was selected as an Artist in Residence on Classic FM Radio in London and joined IDAGIO, the world’s leading classical music streaming service, where his latest recordings are released exclusively, and to which he is an ambassador. On June 12, Vengerov was supposed to celebrate 40 years on stage with a big concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, but the event was moved to April 20 this year. The program will feature outstanding world soloists such as Misha Maisky and Martha Argerich, as well as the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Maris Papadopoulos and students from the Royal College of Music in London.

During the spring months, the violinist uploaded charming videos to home concerts with his daughters Lisa and Polina. Vengerov passed the test of COVID 19, when in October 2020 he shared with his fans on the social network that he had a positive test.

On January 14, 2021 Maxim Vengerov launched a new educational initiative that will allow him to share his teaching experience with young musicians around the world. The new website is an online platform for broadcasting violin video lessons. The idea for this arose during the global pandemic, when online learning became very important.

The start of the initiative was marked by a free online concert in which Maxim Vengerov and pianist Rustem Saikulov performed a real-time violin sonata by Strauss between two cities – Vengerov in Monaco and Saikulov in Paris.

Buy ticketMaxim Vengerov is one of the most remarkable contemporary musicians, who has been at the top for 40 decades. Born in 1974, he studied violin with Galina Turchaninova and Zahar Bron. He won the international competitions “Wieniawski” and “Carl Flash”, respectively 10 and 15 years old. He made his first record at the age of 10 and so far continues to actively record for the prestigious companies Melodia, Teldec and EMI. In 2007 he turned to conducting, developing this part of his talent.

2018 Maxim Vengerov (Photo: Sofia Philharmonic)

In the last few seasons Maxim Vengerov has performed as a soloist or conductor with the largest orchestras in the world – the New York Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestras and Tore actively tours with chamber recitals.

In the 2017/2018 season, Vengerov gave concerts at Carnegie Hall with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and participated in the Beijing Music Festival. During the same season, Vengerov conducted the National Orchestra of France and gave recitals and concerts in Europe, China and the United States. Highlights of the 2018/19 season are a concert with the La Scala Orchestra in Milan with conductor Ricardo Shai for the opening of the season and concerts with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic and the Paris Philharmonic.

Buy a ticket Teaching and supporting young talents are among Maxim Vengerov’s strongest hobbies. He has held several teaching positions in various countries around the world and is currently a professor at the Mozarteum Salzburg, and since September 2016 he has been a visiting professor of violin at the Royal College of Music in London.

He has participated in numerous competition juries, including the Donatella Flick Conductor, the Menuhin Violin Competition and the Montreal International Competition, where in May 2013 he conducted the final round. Thanks to his success as chairman of the prestigious Wieniawski Violin Competition in 2011, when he listened live to more than 200 musicians in nine world capitals, Vengerov was re-elected to the same post in 2016.

Maxim Vengerov at the European Music Festival 2018 (Photo: Cantus Firmus)

In 1997, Vengerov became the first classical musician to be elected a goodwill ambassador by UNICEF. In this role, he has given concerts for disadvantaged children and communities in Uganda, Thailand, the Balkans and Turkey, while helping to raise funds for many UNICEF-supported programs. He is also a patron of the MIAGI project in South Africa, which connects children of different ethnic backgrounds through music.

In 2018, he became a goodwill ambassador at the Musica Mundi School – a unique institution that supports young talent.

The violinist has won numerous music awards, including Grammy, Gramophone, British Classical Music Awards, Edison, ECHO, and a number of other awards. Maxim Vengerov has been playing the Stradivarius ex Kreutzer since 1727.

A limited number of tickets are available at the box office of Bulgaria Hall and in Eventim.