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Maxim Vengerov teaches Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto (II/II)

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Maxim Vengerov — Teacher, violinist

Maria Oldak — Violinist (student)

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Maxim Vengerov demonstrates his pedagogical characteristics around one of the best-loved violin concertos of all time.

A gifted child, Maxim Vengerov gave his first recital at the age of five and won the first prize in the Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition at the age of ten. Considered today one of the most accomplished violinists of his time, he does not hesitate to share his talents for the benefit of the education. Indeed, students of the London Royal Academy of Music describe him as an attentive professor and a musician as interesting as inspiring.

The Concerto for Violin in E Minor, Op. 64 by Félix Mendelssohn, full of melodic richness, is considered one of the most significant compositions of German romantic repertoire. Written for violin and orchestra, Mendelssohn proves to be very modern in his performance by starting the concerto with soloists, and not with the traditional orchestral exposition. This concerto had been offered by the composer to the great violinist Ferdinand David, and had been performed for the first time in March 1845 at the famous Gewandhaus in Leipzig.

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