PLAYING BY HEART
An exploration of Vengerov’s musical artistry
Russian-born Maxim Vengerov is one of the greatest violinists of his generation. He has already performed with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, including Barenboim, Gergiev, Giulini, Maazel, Menuhin and Rostropovich, and has received a host of awards and nominations. This profile explores his musical artistry, at work with Daniel Barenboim and with students of the Royal Academy in London. He believes that his music holds great potential for others, and in 1997 he became an Honorary Envoy for Music for UNICEF. This film also gives a private glimpse of the man ‘off-duty’, away from his professional responsibilities.
Vengerov reveals his approach to visualising music
In this masterclass, recorded in 1998, from the historic concert hall in Blackheath, London, Maxim Vengerov reveals his approach to visualising music and performing to four exceptional students. The participants are musicians at various stages in their careers. Alexander Sitkovetsky, then 15 and a pupil at the Menuhin School of Music, performs the Rondeau from Mozart’s Violin concerto in D minor. Chloë Hanslip, who at 11 years old was already following in Maxim’s footsteps, works on the Caprice Basque by Sarasate. A graduate from the Menuhin School, Corina Belcea, then 23, performs the first movement from Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Philipp Schöttle, then 20, performs the unaccompanied third Sonata by Ysaÿe. With vivid anecdotes and lots of fun, Maxim gives the students and audience an insight into what can make music so magical and far-reaching.