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Carnegie Hall Presents

Maxim Vengerov, Violin
Simon Trpčeski, Piano

Thursday, January 20, 2022 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Maxim Vengerov by Naim Chidiac, Simon Trpčeski by Benjamin Ealovega
Maxim Vengerov has everything you want in a violinist: sensational technique, luscious tone, and a passionate heart. Experience all of it and more when the Grammy Award and Gramophone Artist of the Year winner performs Franck’s passionate sonata, a moody Prokofiev masterpiece, and more. 


Maxim Vengerov, Violin
Simon Trpceski, Piano


MOZART Violin Sonata in E Minor, K. 304

PROKOFIEV Violin Sonata No. 1

FRANCK Violin Sonata

RAVEL Tzigane


KREISLER Liebesleid

KREISLER Liebesfreud

FAURÉ "Après un rêve", Op. 7, No. 1

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.

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At a Glance

MOZART  Violin Sonata in E Minor, K. 304

By his 10th birthday, Mozart had composed no fewer than 16 violin sonatas—now classified as

juvenilia—to which another 16 “mature” sonatas would be added by 1788. His interest in the

instrument had been whetted by the vogue for the violin in Italy, where he had traveled with his father on their grand tour of Europe in the early 1770s. The E-Minor Sonata’s deceptively simple opening belies its stealthy, sinister character.


PROKOFIEV  Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 80

Like much of the music Prokofiev wrote after his return to the Soviet Union in 1936, the dark-minded Sonata in F Minor represents an earnest attempt to mediate between his distinctively modernist style and the music for the masses that Soviet artists were expected to produce under the banner of “socialist realism.” The virtuosic brilliance of the violin part reflects the influence of David Oistrakh, to whom the sonata is dedicated.


SAINT-SAËNS  Havanaise, Op. 83

Much of Saint-Saëns’s violin music reflects the influence of the great Spanish virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate, but he was equally responsive to the artistry of other violinists. Among them was the Cuban-born virtuoso Rafael Díaz Albertini, who spent most of his career in France and frequently concertized with the composer. This Cuban-flavored showpiece is the fruit of their artistic collaboration.


FRANCK  Violin Sonata in A Major

The luxuriantly romantic Violin Sonata in A Major is considered by many to be Franck’s masterpiece. Composed for violinist Eugène Ysaÿe, it has been enthusiastically appropriated by cellists, violists, and flutists. The sonata’s centerpiece is a freely declamatory slow movement in which the two players meditate upon previously presented material.


Maxim Vengerov

Universally hailed as one of the world’s finest musicians and often referred to as the greatest living string player, Grammy Award winner Maxim Vengerov also enjoys international ...

Universally hailed as one of the world’s finest musicians and often referred to as the greatest living string player, Grammy Award winner Maxim Vengerov also enjoys international acclaim as a conductor and in-demand soloist.

Born in 1974, Mr. Vengerov began his career as a solo violinist at the age of five. A student of Galina Turchaninova and Zakhar Bron, he won the Henryk Wieniawski and Carl Flesch international violin competitions at ages 10 and 15, respectively, and made his first recording at the age of 10. He went on to record extensively for high-profile labels, including Melodiya, Teldec, and EMI, earning 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. In 2010, he was appointed the first chief conductor of the Gstaad Festival Orchestra. 

Recent highlights include opening the season of the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala with Riccardo Chailly, residencies with the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonie in Paris, and recital tours around the world. 

In January of last year, Mr. Vengerov became Classic FM’s first solo artist-in-residence and released a new recording of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with conductor Myung-Whun Chung and the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France. The concerto was paired with works by Saint-Säens and Ravel, as well as a live recording of his Carnegie Hall recital in October 2018. Further recordings will coincide with Mr. Vengerov’s celebration of 40 years on stage at Royal Albert Hall. He will be joined by colleagues Mischa Maisky, Martha Argerich, the Oxford Philharmonic with Music Director Marios Papadopoulos, and students from the Royal College of Music in London.

Passionate about encouraging young talent, Mr. Vengerov has held teaching positions around the world. He is currently the Stephan and Viktoria Schmidheiny Stiftungsprofessor at the Mozarteum University Salzburg, and since September 2016, he has served as the Polonsky Visiting Professor of Violin at the Royal College of Music in London. In 2018, he became the Goodwill Ambassador of the Musica Mundi School. With the aim of making musical support more accessible, he initiated his own online teaching platform in January 2021 at maximvengerov.com.

Mr. Vengerov has received numerous awards, including the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance, and the Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum (2007), which honors artists who have used their art to improve the state of the world. He has also received the Knight in the Order of Cultural Merit from the palace at Monte Carlo in Monaco, where he resides. 

Mr. Vengerov plays the 1727 ex-Kreutzer Stradivarius violin.

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Simon Trpčeski

Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski has established himself as one of the most remarkable musicians to have emerged in recent years, praised not only for his powerful virtuosity and deeply ...

Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski has established himself as one of the most remarkable musicians to have emerged in recent years, praised not only for his powerful virtuosity and deeply expressive approach, but also for his charismatic stage presence and commitment to strengthening Macedonia’s cultural image.

Mr. Trpčeski is a frequent soloist with the major North American orchestras, including the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics; Cleveland and Minnesota orchestras; and the Chicago, San Francisco, National, St. Louis, and Detroit symphony orchestras, among others. Engagements with major European ensembles include the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre National de France, and St. Petersburg Philharmonia. He also appears regularly in Australia and Asia.

An acclaimed recitalist, Mr. Trpčeski has given solo recitals at major halls in New York, San Francisco, Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, Tokyo, and London, where he was recently artist-in-residence at Wigmore Hall. A committed chamber musician, he is especially enthusiastic about his chamber music project Makedonissimo, devised with Macedonian composer Pande Shahov, which celebrates the music and culture of his native Macedonia. The group has had well-received concerts at Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw, the Ludwigsburg and Lille festivals, and on tour in South Korea.

A prolific recording artist, Mr. Trpčeski has recorded for EMI Classics, Avie Records, Onyx Classics, and Wigmore Hall Live. His interpretations of Rachmaninoff’s four piano concertos and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic were recognized with distinctions from Classic FM and Gramophone (Editor’s Choice) and the Diapason d’Or. He has also recorded Prokofiev’s piano concertos nos. 1 and 3 and Tchaikovsky’s piano concertos nos. 1 and 2 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Mr. Petrenko for Avie, as well as a disc of solo Russian repertoire for Onyx. In 2020, he embarked on a collaboration with Linn Records, releasing the self-titled debut of Makedonissimo, followed by both Shostakovich piano concertos and the Beethoven Triple Concerto with members of Makedonissimo.   

With the special support of KulturOp—Macedonia’s leading cultural and arts organization—Mr. Trpčeski works with young musicians in Macedonia to help cultivate the country’s next generation of artists. He resides in Skopje with his family.

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