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Vengerov flies in for Final recent news04.09.08

Vengerov flies in for Final



Virtuoso violinist and conductor Maximum Vengerov will replace Simone Young on the panel of judges for the Maestro Final on Tuesday 9 September.

Prof Young, who is music director of the Hamburg State Opera, is unable to take part in the Final as she will be receiving the Schleswig-Holstein Brahms Prize - the last conductor to win it was the American conductor-composer, Leonard Bernstein.

Siberian-born Maxim Vengerov won First Prize in the Junior Wieniawski Competition when he was ten years old. In 1990, aged fifteen, he won the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition, confirming his reputation as a musician of the very highest order. His international career has brought him numerous performing and recording awards, and in 1997 Vengerov was the first classical musician to be appointed Envoy for Music by UNICEF. He used a 'sabbatical year' to take time out and learn jazz improvisation and electric violin; he also learned to dance Argentine tango, an enthusiasm which spilled over into a collaboration with the Israeli composer Benjamin Yusupov and the tango dancer Christiane Palha, in a new composition for Vengerov called the Viola Tango Rock Concerto. His 'year off' - which actually involved performing over 50 concerts - was the subject of a well-received TV documentary film for The South Bank Show. Vengerov is a committed teacher, working with young musicians in conservatoires and music schools around the world, and at his own school near his home in Israel.

Maxim Vengerov's career now displays a growing concentration on conducting - as a violinist and conductor he is ideally placed to bring his experience to Maestro; he will conduct a piece in the Final.

In the Final itself - broadcast at 8.30pm on 9 September, the Maestro students will exercise their skills in the exacting task of accompanying soloists Tasmin Little (violin), Natalie Clein (cello) and Nikolai Demidenko (piano) in concertos.

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