Master class

Maxim Vengerov teaches Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy

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Maxim Vengerov — Teacher, violinist

Mengla Huang — Violinist (student)

Program notes

Maxim Vengerov teaches with mastery Pablo de Sarasate’s adaptation of Carmen, Bizet’s work.

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 education. Indeed, students of the London Royal Academy of Music describe him as an attentive professor and a musician as interesting as inspiring.

He demonstrates in this masterclass his pedagogical characteristics with a work which requires considerable virtuosity. The Carmen Fantasy, composed in 1883 by the Spanish Pablo de Sarasate violinist himself, is based on Georges Bizet’s Carmen themes and consists of five wonderful movements, adaptations of the Aragonese, the Habanera, an interlude, the Seguidilla, and the Gypsy Dance from Bizet’s opera.

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