DIVINE MUSIC: Maxim Vengerov is one the greatest violinists in the world today.
DIVINE MUSIC: Maxim Vengerov is one the greatest violinists in the world today. Photographer: Benjamin Ealovega

Rare musical performance offers a treat for your soul

IF YOU missed Queensland Symphony Orchestra's sell-out concert starring the great pianist Lang Lang, never mind, there is another rare musical treat coming for two special concerts on November 29 and 30.

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra will play with the illustrious Maxim Vengerov performing his signature concerto, Tchaikovsky's timeless Violin Concerto - an opus innate to Vengerov who famously claims he first heard it in utero.

Vengerov's superstar virtuosity will be further revered as he takes up the baton to conduct Tchaikovsky's final symphony.

Born into a musical family in 1970 in Siberia and hailed as the successor to the prodigious Russian school of playing, Maxim Vengerov is one the greatest violinists in the world today.

Not only is he acclaimed for his concerts and displays of almost superhuman technique, he is distinguished for his award-winning recordings and humanitarian work.

While he has secured the interest of major record labels, graced the covers of music magazines across the globe and is best known for his symphonic work, he has shown a hunger for experience that lies outside a standard track record of musical prodigy.

He has let himself be inspired to explore many different styles of music, including baroque, impro jazz, rock and dance (he notably took time out of his career to learn how to Tango).

He is an ambassador for the Zegna & Music project which was founded by the luxury men's clothing label Ermenegildo Zegna as a philanthropic activity to promote classical music.

Following an arm injury in 2007 which saw Vengerov take a four year hiatus from playing, he devoted his time to studying conducting, working with UNICEF and raising his family.

Since returning to the violin in 2011, he has performed as soloist with many major orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

VENGEROV TCHAIKOVSKY GALA

WHEN: Tuesday, November 29, at 11am and Wednesday, November 30, at 7.30pm.

WHERE: Concert Hall, QPAC (Season Finale).

DETAILS: www.qpac.com.au


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