Good News Friday (

The week has sped past and it’s time once more for another Good News Friday installment. We’ll start this week’s post with a little culture. Violinist Maxim Vengerov says his heart and soul belong in Israel: It’s been a busy summer for Vengerov. In the last three weeks, he’s jetted twice to South America, once to China and twice to Paris.

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The Vengerov Festival at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium, Tel Aviv (Pamela Hickman)

Following its Tokyo success, the Vengerov Festival was brought to Israel, taking place September 19th and 20th 2014 at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium, Tel Aviv. This writer attended the second of the two Tel Aviv concerts, that on September 20th. A concert of two Russian works, it featured conductor Vag Papian, the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion and Maxim Vengerov himself both as solo violinist and conductor. The concert was moderated by Yossi Schiffmann.

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Violinist and conductor Maxim Vengerov comes to Tel Aviv (

On September 19th and 20th 2014, the Tel Aviv and Israeli concert scene will wake up from its aestivation (aestivation: inactivity and lower metabolic rate in response to high temperatures…) with the first Vengerov Festival to take place in Israel. Both concerts will take place at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium, Tel Aviv. Alongside Maxim Vengerov, the concerts will feature pianist Shira Shaked, conductor Vag Papian, the Menuhin Academy Orchestra (Switzerland) and the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion.

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Doing double duty (

‘Israel is dear to my heart,” says internationally acclaimed violinist and conductor Maxim Vengerov in a phone interview from Switzerland. “Several members of my family live there, and we own a home in Migdal near Lake Kinneret. I like Israeli audiences a lot – they are well educated, attentive and responsive, with many Russian immigrants among them. It’s a pity that I don’t appear in Israel enough, but here finally is a chance!” Vengerov, who currently makes France his home, is referring to his new two-day festival, which will take place in Tel Aviv at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium on September 19 and 20.

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Festival Maxim Vengerov de Tokio a Israel (

El violinista y director de orquesta Maxim Vengerov vuelve a Israel para llevar a cabo aquí un festival que lleva su nombre. Y que se presenta tras el éxito en Tokio en el mes de septiembre, en Tel Aviv. El nombre de Maxim Vengerov bien conocido como uno de los músicos más activos en el mundo de hoy por toda su gran actividad como solista con las principales orquestas y sus clases magistrales. Vengerov se unirá en este festival a la pianista israelí…

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Maxim Vengerov announces new festival in Israel (

In the next month in Israel’s leading concert hall the Charles Brofman (Heichal Ha’Tarbut) Masim Vengerov will inaugurate the festival playing chamber works with Israeli pianist Shira Shaked, conducting and playing with the Swiss Menuhin Academy Chamber Orchestra, playing as a soloist of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with his teacher and friend conductor Vag Papian at the helm and Vengerov doubling as violinist and conductor in Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic suite Sheherazade. The last two works with the Israeli Opera Orchestra the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Lezion…

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