The world on a string - Vengerov is coming
Media Release ·
Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s ovational year continues.
Off the back of Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s dazzling sell-out concert starring the great pianist Lang Lang on 7 June, comes news that the orchestra will play with the world’s greatest violinist in November – the mighty master of the string, MAXIM VENGEROV will star in QSO’s Tchaikovsky Gala on November 29 and 30 in two concerts of magnificent and compelling music.
In a rare musical experience, QSO presents the formidable technique and exuberant musicality of the illustrious Vengerov performing his signature concerto: Tchaikovsky’s timeless, most personal and poignant Violin Concerto - an opus innate to Vengerov who famously claims he first heard it in utero.
Should further convincing be needed to attend? Vengerov’s superstar virtuosity will be further revered as he takes up the baton to conduct Tchaikovsky’s final symphony.
Born into a musical family in 1970 in Siberia and hailed as the successor to the prodigious Russian school of playing, Maxim Vengerov is one the greatest violinists in the world today. Not only is he acclaimed for his concerts and displays of almost superhuman technique, he is distinguished for his award-winning recordings and humanitarian work.
While he has secured the interest of major record labels, graced the covers of music magazines across the globe and is best known for his symphonic work, he has shown a hunger for experience that lies outside a standard track record of musical prodigy. He has let himself be inspired to explore many different styles of music, including baroque, impro jazz, rock and dance (he notably took time out of his career to learn how to Tango). He is an ambassador for the Zegna & Music project which was founded by the luxury men’s clothing label Ermenegildo Zegna as a philanthropic activity to promote classical music. Following an arm injury in 2007 which saw Vengerov take a four year hiatus from playing, he devoted his time to studying conducting, working with UNICEF and raising his family.
Since returning to the violin in 2011, he has performed as soloist with many major orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.