Universally hailed as one of the world’s finest musicians, and often referred to as the greatest living string player in the world today, Grammy award winner Maxim Vengerov also enjoys international acclaim as a conductor and is one of the most in-demand soloists in all of classical music.
Born in 1974, he began his career as a solo violinist at the age of five, won the Wieniawski and Carl Flesch International Competitions at ages 10 and 15 respectively, and went on to record extensively for high-profile labels including Melodia, Teldec and EMI, earning among others, Grammy and Gramophone Artist of the Year awards.
In 2007 he followed in the footsteps of his mentor, the late Mstislav Rostropovich, and turned his attention to conducting, and has since conducted major orchestras around the world. In June 2014 he graduated with a Diploma of Excellence from the Moscow Institute of Ippolitov-Ivanov with Professor Yuri Simonov and has since enrolled in a further two year program of opera conducting – scheduled to conduct his first performance of Eugene Onegin in Moscow in December 2017.
In the 2016 season Mr Vengerov will return to Australia to conduct the season finale of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, with whom he will return as Artist-in-Residence in 2017. Further guest conducting engagements will include appearances with the RTE Orchestra Dublin, Munich Philharmonic and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. The coming season will also see Mr Vengerov return to Tokyo for his fifth annual Vengerov Festival, and complete a European tour with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
In 1997 Mr Vengerov became the first classical musician to be appointed International Goodwill Ambassador by UNICEF.
He plays the ex-Kreutzer Stradivari (1727).
The Artist-in-Residence program is supported by the T & J St Baker Charitable Trust and The University of Queensland.