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Maxim Vengerov, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra’s artist-in-residence for the 2018–2019 season, is considered to be one of the greatest living musicians.

Born in Novosibirsk, Siberia, in 1974 to two musicians, Maxim Vengerov began learning to play the violin at the age of four. A year later, he started studying with Galina Turchaninova and then with Zakhar Bron, who he subsequently followed as the teacher embarked on his various residences. He won first prize in the Wieniawski Competition at the age of ten, and the Carl Flesch Competition at fifteen.

During his already rich career, Maxim Vengerov has performed in some of the world’s greatest auditoriums, with the top conductors and the best orchestras.

He has also collected a number of prizes and awards, including a Grammy Award (2003), two Gramophone Classical Music Awards (1994, 1995), a Classic Brit Award (2004), five Edison Classical Music Awards (1995, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2004), two Echo Music Prizes (1997, 2003) and a World Economic Forum Crystal Award (2007), a prize which recognises artists who have helped to make the world a better place through their art.

In 2013, a Vengerov Festival was launched in Tokyo, featuring a series of recitals, concerts and master classes.

In 2014, Maxim Vengerov obtained a Diploma of Excellence in Conducting from the Moscow Institute of Ippolitov-Ivanov.

© Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo
© Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo

Maxim Vengerov has recently performed, as solo violinist or conductor, with the Berliner Philharmoniker, the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and other major orchestras.

In 1997, Maxim Vengerov became the first classical musician to be named a UNICEF Envoy for Music to help children around the world. As part of this role, he has given numerous concerts for children, including in Kosovo, Uganda and Thailand. Maxim Vengerov plays a unique Stradivarius violin, the Kreutzer (1727), which he has owned since 1998.

He has lived with his family in Monaco for several years, and has performed regularly in the country as part of his artist-in-residence season during 2018–2019.

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