Virtuoso violinist to play in Sofia

Maxim Vengerov is sharing a stage with the Sofia Philharmonic on 11 February

Esteemed Russian violinist and Grammy Award winner Maxim Vengerov is set to give a concert together with the Sofia Philharmonic under the conduction of Maestro Nayden Todorov. The event will take place on 11 February as part of the European Music Festival 2021. This appearance will mark Maxim Vengerov's third visit to Bulgaria and his first one to an acoustic hall. The violinist's previous brilliant performances for the Bulgarian audience were in 2006 and 2018.

Like all musicians, the great violinist's experience with 2020 was of a year filled with challenges, but intriguing new projects as well. Last January, Maxim Vengerov was selected as Artist in Residence for Classic FM - London and joined IDAGIO, the world's leading streaming service for classical music, where his new records debut exclusively and whose ambassador he is now. On 12 June 2020, Vengerov was supposed to celebrate his 40th anniversary on stage with a big concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, but the event had to ultimately be moved to 20 April of this year. The list of performers includes exceptional soloists such as cellist Mischa Maisky and pianist Martha Argerich, the Oxford Philharmonic under the conduction of Marios Papadopoulos and students of the Royal College of Music in London.

Over the summer months, the violinist posted charming videos of doing home concerts with his daughters Lisa and Polina. Vengerov had to deal with Covid-19 when in October 2020 he shared with his fans on social media that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

On 14 January 2021, Maxim Vengerov launched an educational initiative that will allow him to share his teaching experience with young musicians from all over the world. The new website, https://maximvengerov.com/, provides an online platform for videos of violin lessons. The idea was born early in the pandemic, when online education gained great significance. The launch of the initiative was marked by a free online concert, in which Maxim Vengerov and pianist Roustem Saitkoulov performed the Violin Sonata by Richard Strauss simultaneously from two different cities - Vengerov was in Monaco, while Saitkoulov in Paris.

With four decades at the top, Maxim Vengerov is among the most remarkable modern musicians. Born in 1974, he studied violin under the tutelage of Galina Turchaninova and Zakhar Bron. He won the Wieniawski and Carl Flesch international competitions, at the ages of 10 and 15, respectively. He did his first recording at the age of 10 and is still recording actively for high-profile labels such as Melodia, Teldec and EMI. In 2007 he ventured into conducting, developing yet another side of his talent.

Over the past few seasons, Maxim Vengerov has been performing, either as a violin soloist or as a conductor, with some of the world's biggest orchestras - the New York Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, and the symphonic orchestras of Chicago, Montreal and Toronto. He has also been touring with chamber recitals.

In 1997, Vengerov became the first classical musician to have been named a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. In this capacity, he has been giving concerts for underprivileged kids and communities in Uganda, Thailand, the Balkans and Turkey as well as assisting in efforts to raise funds for various UNICEF programmes. He is also a patron of the MIAGI project in South Africa, which brings children of different ethnic backgrounds together through music. In 2018, Vengerov became a goodwill ambassador for the Musica Mundi School - a unique institution supporting young talents.

Maxim Vengerov plays on a beautiful 1727 “Ex-Kreutzer” Stradivarius.

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