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Orpheus & Maxim Vengerov Mozart Concertos Nos. 2 & 5, and Sinfonia Concertante

Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall | New York, NY

NOV 7 2024 | 8:00PM
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Maxim Vengerov performs Mozart

Concert Duration: 2 hours (includes intermission)

  • Mozart

    Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Major, K. 211

  • Mozart

    Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219, Turkish

  • Mozart

    Sinfonia concertante in E-flat Major, K. 364
    with Lawrence Power, viola

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Maxim Vengerov—one of the greatest living violinists—performs Mozart’s complete works for violin and orchestra across two consecutive concerts with Orpheus. On this second night, they perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 2; the hugely popular No. 5, known as the “Turkish”; and the Sinfonia concertante in E-flat Major. The latter is widely described as the pinnacle of Mozart’s violin concertos, bridging the concerto form with the symphonic, and featuring both violin and viola as soloists. In the viola role is Lawrence Power, the 2020 Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year.

Orpheus subscribers must subscribe by March 7, 2024 to include Maxim Vengerov concerts presented by Carnegie Hall. Single tickets on sale this summer.

Vengerov delivered an incendiary performance… the virtuoso proved himself at the top of his very considerable game.The Guardian

About the artists

Maxim Vengerov

Universally hailed as one of the world’s finest musicians, and often referred to as the greatest living string player in the world today, Grammy award winner Maxim Vengerov also enjoys international acclaim as a conductor and is one of the most in-demand soloists.

Born in 1974, he began his career as a solo violinist at the age of five, won the Wieniawski and Carl Flesch international competitions at ages 10 and 15 respectively, studied with Galina Tourchaninova and Zakhar Bron, made his first recording at the age of 10, and went on to record extensively for high-profile labels including Melodia, Teldec and EMI, earning among others, Grammy and Gramophone artist of the year awards.

In 2007 he followed in the footsteps of his mentor, the late Mstislav Rostropovich, and turned his attention to conducting and in 2010 was appointed the first chief conductor of the Gstaad Festival Orchestra. June 2014 saw Mr Vengerov graduate with a Diploma of Excellence from the Moscow Institute of Ippolitov-Ivanov with professor Yuri Simonov and he has since finished a further 2-year program of opera conducting.

Highlights of recent seasons saw Mr Vengerov opening the season of the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala with Maestro Chailly, a Residence with Monte Carlo Philharmonic and the Philharmonie in Paris as well as a world wide recital tours. Highlights of the 22/23 season saw him in an extensive US and Canadian recital tour including Berkeley, Kansas City, New York and Toronto, and an 11 concerts tour in the UK. Other orchestral performances as a soloist include Montreal, Vienna, London, Paris and Taiwan and chamber music concerts with Evgeny Kissin and Stephen Isserliss at Carngie Hall, and in Switzerland with Simon Trpcesky and Stephen Isserliss. He also joined Aspen and Bravo Vale Festival in the States this summer in Recital, Masterclasses and Concerto performance with Fabio Luisi and the Dallas SO and celebrated 40 years on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in a big gala concert in April 2023. In 2023/24 he will open the Shanghai International Festival with Christoph Eschenbach, will embarque on another world wine Recital tour including America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia and will perform orchestra concerts in amongst others in Vienna, Paris and Milan.

In 2020 Maxim Vengerov became Classic FM’s first solo Artist in Residence and released a new recording of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with conductor Myung-Whun Chung and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, coupled with works by Saint-Säens and Ravel as well as a live recital from Carnegie Hall.

As one of Mr Vengerov’s greatest passions is the teaching and encouraging of young talent, he has held various teaching positions around the world. He currently holds the Stephan and Viktoria Schmidheiny Stiftungsprofessor at the Mozarteum University Salzburg and since September 2016 he is also the Polonsky Visiting Professor of Violin at the Royal College of Music in London. In 2018 Maxim Vengerov became the Goodwill Ambassador of the Musica Mundi School – a unique institution, which supports young talents. With the vision of democratising the access of music learning, he launched his own online platform in January 2021:www.maximvengerov.com and created an impact across 170 countries and over 190 million reach. His first year programs include partnerships with musical institutions from around the world, the Lottery Ticket program, guest artist series inaugurated with Brett Yang from TwoSet Violin, as well as his new global community group who’s initiatives include the world leading Mentoring program, rural musical communities initiative and the Musical Pen Pals program for children.

Mr Vengerov has been profiled in a series of documentaries, including Playing by Heart, which was recorded by Channel Four Television and screened at the Cannes Television Festival in 1999, and Living the Dream, which was released worldwide and received the Gramophone Award for Best Documentary in 2008.

Mr Vengerov has received prestigious fellowships and honours from a number of institutions. In 2012 he was awarded an Honorary Visiting Fellowship at Trinity College Oxford and in 2019 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Music London and in 2019 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Music London and the Order of Cultural Merit from the Palace Monte Carlo.

Mr Vengerov has also received numerous awards including Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (with Orchestra) (2003), two Gramophone awards (1994, 1995), a Classical Brit Award (2004), five Edison Classical Music Awards (1995, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2004), two ECHO awards (1997, 2003) and a World Economic Forum Crystal award (2007) – honouring artists who have used their art to improve the state of the world.

He plays the ex-Kreutzer Stradivari (1727).

Lawrence Power

Internationally-acclaimed viola player Lawrence Power is widely heralded for his richness of sound, technical mastery and his passionate advocacy for new music. Lawrence has advanced the cause of the viola both through the excellence of his performances, and the creation of the Viola Commissioning Circle (VCC), which has led to a substantial body of fresh repertoire for the instrument by today’s finest composers.

The 2023/24 season will see Lawrence premiere the Magnus Lindberg Viola Concerto with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, commissioned through the VCC. He will make his debut with Dresden Staatskapelle on a tour of China and return to the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in their Musica Viva Series, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Hallé, and Frankfurt hr-Sinfonieorchester among others.

The past two seasons saw Lawrence premiere Anders Hillborg's Viola Concerto with the Swedish Radio Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Basel and Dresden Philharmonie, and Cassandra Miller's Viola Concerto with Brussels Philharmonic and Scottish Chamber Orchestra, with critic Alex Ross heralding it a "major new work." Lawrence enjoys working with Esa-Pekka Salonen, Christian Thielemann, John Storgårds, Andrew Manze, Nicholas Collon, Ilan Volkov, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Omer Meir Wellber, among others.

As a chamber musician Lawrence regularly performs at Verbier, Salzburg, Aspen, and other festivals with artists such as Steven Isserlis, Nicholas Alstaedt, Simon Crawford-Phillips, Vilde Frang, Maxim Vengerov and Joshua Bell. Lawrence was announced in 2021 as an Associate Artist at the Wigmore Hall, a position lasting for five years, with artists performing at least once each season. Lawrence enjoys play-directing orchestras from both violin and viola, most recently at the Edinburgh International Festival with Scottish Ensemble, Australian National Academy of Music and with Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and leads his own orchestra, Collegium, made up of fine young musicians from across Europe.

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