Strength in his hands
This image appears in the gallery:
Maxim Vengerov at 40: Ten facts about the great violinist
2. Strength in his hands
When, aged five, young Maxim was first taken to meet a famous violin teacher, she asked him, "Do you have strength in these hands?" The boy punched her in the stomach as hard as he could. "Fortunately, she was in a good mood that day, and she accepted me as a student," he said later. At the age of 10, he went abroad touring for the first time.