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Siberian-born Maxim Vengerov is one of the greatest violinists in the world today, acclaimed for his concerts, award-winning recordings and humanitarian work. As he turns 40, here are 10 facts about this brilliant musician.
The violinist enjoyed a unique friendship with the great cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. "He’s like a grandfather to me," Vengerov once said in an interview. "He has broadened my views of music and introduced me to composers like Shostakovich and Prokofiev as if they were still alive and I was actually meeting them."
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