Maxim Vengerov Interview 24th November 2016
Olaf: One of the things that I am doing is to interview artists like you to support the local string community. I think having people of your level of playing here is so inspiring and can help musicians move forward.
Maxim: I am happy to be here for the artist in residency. It is a joy to work with the orchestra and also being a soloist and giving a recital. There are a lot of lovely activities.
Olaf: What inspired you to take up the violin in the first place?
Maxim: I was growing up in Siberia and my life was basically music. My mother was a choir conductor and my father worked as an oboist in the philharmonic orchestra, so I was shifted from one rehearsal to the other. I was thrown from two musical fronts, and for me I knew nothing better than music, which is great and I was very lucky. So, I watched the orchestra, watched the conductor, and basically my future was predestined.
My first violin was very tiny, 32 size, which is the smallest you can find… I was exactly 4 years and 8 month.
At this early stage, just one month makes a big difference. By by the age of 5 I was already
playing concerts, so in four or five months I learnt quite a lot and worked quite hard, compared to the way kids learn today… you know.
I’m not like Mozart….a child prodigy… So in my family the standards were raised already very high, and they supported me all throughout, they worked with me.
I am very very lucky because I have most fantastic teachers. My first one a Russian lady, the second was professor Bron, both from Novosibirsk. I also went to study with her in Lubeck, Germany her for another couple of years.
After that I took one year alone with no teachers… Continue reading