Universally hailed as one of the world’s finest musicians, and often referred to as the greatest living string player in the world today, Grammy award winner Maxim Vengerov has performed sold out concerts with the world’s most eminent orchestras and conductors and has given solo recitals in every major city in the world. Steeped in the celebrated Russian tradition of music making, Maxim Vengerov enjoys international acclaim as a conductor and is one of the most in-demand soloists in all of classical music.
Born in 1974, Maxim Vengerov began his career as a solo violinist at the age of five, winning the Wieniawski and Carl Flesch international competitions at ten and fifteen years old respectively. He studied with Galina Tourchaninova followed by Zakhar Bron. He made his first recording at the age of ten, and went on to record extensively for a number of high-profile labels including Melodia, Teldec and EMI, earning among others, Grammy (2004) and Gramophone Artist of the Year (2002) awards.
Tireless in his search for new means of creative expression, Maxim Vengerov has let himself be inspired by many different styles of music, including baroque, jazz and rock and in 2007 followed in the footsteps of his mentors, the late Mstislav Rostropovich and Daniel Barenboim and turned his attention to conducting.
As one of Maxim Vengerov’s greatest passions is the teaching and encouraging of young talent, he has held various teaching positions around the world and is currently Ambassador and visiting Professor of the Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland (IMMA) as well as Menuhin Professor at the Royal Academy of Music London. Furthermore, in keeping with his belief that competitions are a platform to launch young artists’ international careers, Maxim Vengerov has served on numerous juries.
In 1997 Maxim Vengerov became the first classical musician to be appointed International Goodwill Ambassador by UNICEF, which has enabled him to continue to inspire children worldwide through music.