Vengerov to play in Sofia again
14 July, 2017
World-renowned Russian violinist Maxim Vengerov is set to play for a second time ever in Bulgaria. The musician has agreed to a concert after nearly two-year-long negotiations, announced the organisers of his guest-performance, the Cantus Firmus Music Agency and the Sofia Philharmonic. The concert, scheduled for 30 March 2018 at the National Palace of Culture, will kick off the 18th European Music Festival. It will also be one of the prominent cultural events accompanying the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
Vengerov is among the most esteemed and popular contemporary violinists. In 2006, he gave a concert in Sofia together with the Classic FM Radio Orchestra. Back then, he travelled with a massage therapist to help him with the severe pain he experienced in his hand. Soon after, Vengerov was forced to step back from playing for three years, during which time he conducted, taught master classes and helped organise the Musica Mundi Festival in Belgium.
Maxim Vengerov will travel to Sofia from Saint Petersburg, where two days prior he is to participate in a concert dedicated to the 100th anniversary from the birth of Azerbaijani composer Gara Garayev.