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Maxim Vengerov

Goodwill Ambassador

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"Helping children in need and sharing classical music with young people is perhaps the greatest responsibility of my life." - Maxim Vengerov

Widely regarded as one of the world's most dynamic artists, Maestro Maxim Vengerov has performed sold out concerts with eminent orchestras in every major city in the world. On 15 July 1997, the talented violinist and conductor became the first classical musician to be appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

“I know the joy and the meaning that music can bring to children, even in the most difficult circumstances,” said Mr. Vengerov.  “If I can move them and perhaps inspire them, I’ll feel very proud.”  

Prior to his official appointment, Mr. Vengerov had given concerts to benefit children in several European countries. For his first official UNICEF field visit, he travelled to Bosnia and Herzegovina in December 1997, where he witnessed UNICEF-supported health and water projects. He also played for and with children in music schools around Sarajevo. Throughout his time as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Mr. Vengerov has generously provided fundraising and advocacy support for UNICEF’s work around the world and helped inspire children through music.

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Maxim Vengerov was born in Novosibirsk, the capital of western Siberia. He gave his first recital at the age of five and played his first concerto with an orchestra when he was only six. In 1990, at the age of 15, he launched his professional career after winning the highly regarded Carl Flesch International Violin Competition. After that victory, he quickly established a reputation for himself in the music capitals of the world.

Mr. Vengerov has won prestigious international competitions, collaborated with the world's finest conductors and recorded the entire violin repertoire for a number of high-profile labels, receiving many awards and nominations including Grammy and Gramophone Artist of the Year. He holds Honorary Professorships from many top conservatories around the world, including the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Mr. Vengerov is one of the most sought-after performers in classical music and is often compared to the great violinists of the past. In recent years, he has turned his attention to conducting, receiving great critical acclaim.

When he is not on tour, Mr. Vengerov resides in Monaco. 


 

 

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