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The first “Vengerov Festival” in Israel will take place on the third week of September at “Heichal HaTarbut” – the Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel-Aviv.

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 has performed sold out concerts with the world’s most eminent orchestras and conductors and has given solo recitals in every major city in the world. Steeped in the celebrated Russian tradition of music making, Maxim Vengerov enjoys international acclaim as a musician of the highest order and is one of the most in-demand soloists in all of classical music. Vengerov will be joined by Israeli pianist Shira Shaked, conductor Vag Papian. In the opening concert the The Menuhin
Academy Soloists will arrive from Switzerland and the second concert will feature the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion.

The first Vengerov Festival programme is homage not only to the various composers, but also to the great violinists, whose mastering the violin was a source of inspiration to those composers. Maxim Vengerov salutes violinists Auer, Brodsky, Sarasate, Albertini and Oistrakh. Vengerov salutes the great violin tradition. In the various works, we shall encounter his art as a chamber musician in the works of Barber and Prokofiev; as a soloists and conductor with the Swiss chamber ensemble performing works by Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saens all in the first concert. In the second concert Vengerov will be the soloist in the Tchaikovsky Concerto and soloist and conductor in Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Sheherezade”.

Maestro Maxim Vengerov felt the need to have a festival of his own alongside his diverse and widespread activity around the world as a violinist, conductor and a master class teacher and in 2013 he founded a festival in Tokyo in which local artists and orchestras took part. A few months ago in the second edition of the festival he took part in ten different concerts. Among the guests in Tokyo were the Polish Chamber Orchestra, who made a tour in Asia with Vengerov at the helm and from Israel came conductor and pianist Vag Papian.
To the Israeli public Vengerov will introduce the Soloists of the International Menuhin Music Academy IMMA from Gstaad in Switzerland an orchestra lead by Vengerov internationally and recently at the acclaimed Sion Music Festival.

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