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The „Maximum“ Vengerov

„Maximum“, the new musical piece by Benjamin Yusupov, will premiere on 13/14 Mai 2004 in Haifa and Rishon-Lezion (Israel). Maxim Vengerov will conduct the piece for violin, viola, flute, harp and orchestra. Yusupov dedicates it to the young soloist and conductor. The title “Maximum” is a pun on the name Maxim as well as an abbreviation of “maximum virtuosity” which the musician possesses and will give to the music.

Maxim Vengerov was born in Novosibirsk in 1974. He started playing the violin when he was four years old. At the age of five, Galina Turtschaninowa became his teacher. When he was seven he began his triumphal procession around the world. 1984 he won the Junior Wienawski Competition in Poland, followed by engagements in Moscow and Leningrad. Soon after he played as a soloist with renowned orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic and the USSR State Symphony Orchestra.

Vengerov about himself:

“When I was four years old, two things dominated my evenings and nights: playing the violin and riding my tricycle. After dinner, I’d start practising the violin and I’d just keep going until I was too tired to play anymore. Then I’d go outside and ride around the courtyard of our apartment complex, as a reward for my hard work. That was usually about three o’clock in the morning. Back then none of this seemed unusual to me. I’m sure most four-year-olds think their lives are normal, no matter how strange they may actually be. In fact, I never saw myself as a child prodigy. I knew I was diferent from the other children, but for me that was normal. I understood why it had to be that way, that the violin had to be a part of my life in a way it wasn’t for others. And then, I had my tricycle, just as other kids did; it just didn’t fit into my life the same way it fit into everybody else’s.”

After its first night, “Maximum” for and with Vengerov will also be performed in Ludwigsburg (Germany) on 6 June 2004 and in Amsterdam on 9 June 2004. The soloists are – next to Vengerov – Sergej Krylow, Janne Thomsan and Janina Boskova. In Israel they will be accompanied by the Tel Aviv Soloists and in Ludwigsburg and Amsterdam by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta.