Maxim Vengerov

Biography

Maxim Vengerov violinist

Maxim Vengerov is universally hailed as one of the world's finest violinists, if not the greatest living string player in the world today.

  • Born into a Jewish family with musical tradition Vengerov began learning the violin from the age of 5.
  • At the age of 10 he went abroad for the first time to Poland and won first place in the Young Violin Player competition.
  • He began teaching at the Royal Academy of Music in 1987.
  • Vengerov proved his extraordinary talent in 1990 when he won the International Carl Flesch competition and sparked the interest of the major record labels.
  • In 1997 he became UNICEF’s Envoy for Music and has met and performed in Uganda, Thailand and Kosovo to name but a few.
  • Throughout his career he has been playing various Stradivari instruments, currently the 1727 ex-Kreutzer.
  • He took a two year course in the Baroque violin and repertoire of the epoch.
  • After a substantial break from performing, 2012 saw his comeback concert at London's Wigmore Hall – and he remains one of the most in-demand soloists in all of classical music.

Did you know?
Vengerov does not restrict himself to violin alone; the viola, jazz improvisation, dance and conducting have caught his attention.

When Anne-Marie Minhall met Vengerov and Rostropovich

Sibelius Violin Concerto

Top Maxim Vengerov Pieces