MAXIM VENGEROV was born in the Western Siberian capital of Novosibirsk in 1974. After winning First Prize in the Junior Wieniawski Competition in Poland at the age of ten, he played recital engagements in Moscow and Leningrad and made debuts with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic and the USSR State Symphony. Recital débuts at the Wigmore Hall, Suntory Hall, the Mozarteum and the Concertgebouw Hall followed soon afterward.
In 1990 Vengerov took First Prize at the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition and has been recognized worldwide as one of today's finest violinists ever since. Maxim Vengerov performs with the world's leading orchestras and conductors, including the New York, Berlin, Israel and Vienna philharmonics, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.) and the London Symphony Orchestra as well as the Royal Concertgebouw, the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. The roster of conductors with whom he has performed includes Abbado, Barenboim, Chailly, Dutoit, Gergiev, Giulini, Jansons, Maazel, Masur, Mehta, Menuhin, Muti, Rostropovich, Sawallisch and Welser-Möst. He is also a frequent visitor to the world's leading concert halls and has appeared at all the major international festivals.
Warner Classics has released eleven recordings by Maxim Vengerov since 1992. These include a Beethoven and Brahms violin sonatas disc, a virtuoso show-stoppers album and the Bruch and Mendelssohn Violin Concertos with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra/Kurt Masur, which won three European music awards. Vengerov's Tchaikovsky and Glazunov violin concertos with the Berlin Philharmonic/Claudio Abbado and his Sibelius and Nielsen violin concertos with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim have also attracted outstanding reviews.
His Prokofiev and Shostakovich first violin concertos CD with the London Symphony Orchestra/Mstislav Rostropovich, which was triumphantly received and honoured as Record of the Year by Gramophone, was followed up with the release of the same composers' respective second violin concertos, an album that won the Edison Award 1997 for Best Concerto Recording.
In July of 1997, Vengerov became the first classical musician to be appointed an Honorary Envoy for Music by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
Maxim Vengerov plays on a superb instrument by Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, ca. 1723, "ex Kiesewetter," on extended loan from Clement Arrison through the Stradivari Society Inc. of Chicago.
Recordings include the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim and Brahms Violin Sonata No. 3 with Daniel Barenboim at the piano and the Dvorak Violin Concerto with Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonics, coupled with the Elgar Sonata for violin and piano which Vengerov performed with Revital Chachamov.