Classic FM, the UK’s most popular classical music station, has appointed Maxim Vengerov – one of the world’s greatest living violinists – as its first solo Artist in Residence.

Classic FM has created the year-long partnership with the world-renowned musician and conductor, ahead of his special anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall this summer to celebrate 40 years on stage.

For the partnership, Classic FM will broadcast exclusive recordings from Vengerov, including concertos by Brahms and Tchaikovsky; an in-depth interview ahead of his special concert and a Maxim Vengerov ‘takeover’ weekend celebrating the man and the music. In addition, twelve new videos will be released across the year on classicfm.com and Classic FM’s social platforms, with Vengerov sharing his advice on performance and study. In Classic FM’s Full Works Concert (weekdays, 8pm to 10pm), there will be further exclusive recordings of the star violinist’s live performances, including a recital from New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall.

Vengerov’s new role with Classic FM comes four months before his anniversary event at the Royal Albert Hall, on Friday 12th June, where he will be celebrating 40 years on stage. The music on the night will include Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1 – and the concert will feature students from the Royal College of Music. Vengerov is the conservatoire’s Polonsky Professor of Violin.

Born in Novosibirsk in Russia, Maxim Vengerov began studying the violin when he was just five years old. Forty years later, he has become one of the world’s most popular and successful string players. He has won many awards, including two Gramophone Awards, a Grammy and a Classic BRIT Award. In 1997, he became the first ever classical musician to be appointed International Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.

“I am so thrilled to be Classic FM’s first solo Artist in Residence. This year is very special for me and working so closely with Classic FM, sharing all my exciting projects with their audiences, means a lot to me.”
Maxim Vengerov, Classic FM’s first Solo Artist in Residence

“Maxim Vengerov is one of the world’s most revered classical musicians, and it is an honour to welcome him to the Classic FM family as our Artist in Residence. As he has so amply demonstrated throughout his career to date, Maxim undoubtedly shares Classic FM’s desire to make classical music accessible and relevant to as many people as possible. We are looking forward to him sharing his musical passions, his performances and his wealth of experience with our 5.1 million listeners.”
Sam Jackson, Classic FM’s Senior Managing Editor

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