Born in 1974, Maxim Vengerov began his career as a violinist at the age of five, winning the Wieniawski and Carl Flesch international competitions at 10 and 15 respectively. He made his first recording at the age of 10, and went on to record extensively for a number of high-profile labels including Melodia, Teldec and EMI, earning among others, Gramophone Artist of the Year (2002) and Grammy (2004) awards.
In 2007, following in the footsteps of his mentors the late Mstislav Rostropovich and Daniel Barenboim, he turned his attention to conducting. He graduated as a conductor with a diploma of excellence from the Moscow Institute of Ippolitov-Ivanov in June 2014 and has enrolled in a further two-year programme of opera conducting.
2013 saw the launch of the annual Vengerov Festival in Tokyo, an artist residency at the Barbican Centre London with five different programmes showcasing his unique versatility as an artist and a major world tour with the Polish Chamber Orchestra. In 2014/15 Mr Vengerov opened the new concert hall in Shanghai as well as season of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra with Yu Long, the season of the Orchestre de Paris with Paavo Jarvi and performed concerts with the New York Philharmonic to which he received a “hero’s welcome” (New York Times).
Maxim Vengerov has received prestigious fellowships and honours from a number of institutions, including Trinity College University of Oxford, Royal Academy of Music, and in 1997 became the first classical musician to be appointed International Goodwill Ambassador by UNICEF.
Maxim Vengerov plays the ex-Kreutzer Stradivarius (1727).