Artist in Residence
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 18/19 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.
In 2019/20 Mr Vengerov will mark his 40 years on stage with a gala performance at the Royal Albert Hall on June 12, joined by his colleagues Misha Maiski, Martha Argerich, the Oxford Philharmonic with its Music Director Marios Papadopoulos and students from the Royal College of Music London. He will also tour extensively in Recital around the world.
He has held various teaching positions around the world and 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.
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. In 2019 he was awarded Ordre du Mérite Culturel de Monaco au grade de Chevalier by the Palace Monte Carlo.
He plays the ex-Kreutzer Stradivari (1727).
Composer in Residence
Alexey Shor was born in Kiev and now lives in the USA.
His compositions have been performed at some of the most prestigious concert halls, including Wiener Musikverein, Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Mariinsky Theatre (St. Petersburg), Kremlin Palace (Moscow), Gasteig (Munich), Wigmore Hall (London), Teatro Argentina (Rome) and many others. Concerts with his music have been broadcast on MediciTV, Mezzo and Euronews. The Overture to his ballet “Crystal Palace” was performed at the 40th Gramophone Classical Music Awards ceremony in London. In 2018 he has been awarded an honorary professorship at the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory.
Mr. Shor’s scores are published by Breitkopf & Hartel and P.Jurgenson.
CDs with his compositions have been issued by Warner Classics, DECCA, SONY Classics and Delos.
Mr. Shor is the Composer-In-Residence for the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Academie and Salomé Chamber Orchestra. In 2017-2021 he is also a composer in residence of the Malta International Piano Festival and Competition, as well as the preliminary competitions leading up to the final competitions in Malta (in 2018 and 2021).
Mr. Shor’s works have been performed by many internatio-nally acclaimed soloists and ensembles, for example, Salva-tore Accardo, Anna Aglatova, Boris Andrianov, Nareh Argha-manyan, Sergey Babayan, Alexander Bouzlov, Guy Braun-stein, David Aaron Carpenter, Ray Chen, Veronika Dzhioeva, Fauré Quartett, Andrey Gugnin, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Haik Kazazyan, Freddy Kempf, Khachaturian Trio, Roman Kim, Pa-vel Koleskikov, Denis Kozukhin, Jan Lisitski, Sabine Meyer, Nikita Mndoyants, Aiman Mussakajayeva, Andreas Otten-samer, Vadim Repin, Alexander Romanovsky, Yuri Rozum, Alexander Rudin, Karen Shahgaldyan, Denis Shapovalov, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Maxim Vengerov, Ingolf Wunder, Yuri Zhislin, Nikolaj Znaider and many others.
He also holds a Ph.D. in mathematics.
"It is really fantastic, unbelievable that Armenian State Symphony Orchestra performs in all the concerts of the festival. Undoubtedly, it is a real achievement for Armenia. With great pleasure I follow to the performing activites of the orchestra, it's wonderful to see how devoted they are and how they carry out their main mission in the frameworks of this fascinating festival"