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Maxim Vengerov teaches Sibelius: Violin Concerto

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Maxim Vengerov — Teacher, violinist

Eloisa-Fleur Thom — Violinist (Student)

James Baillieu — Pianist

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Maxim Vengerov puts his talent at the service of one of the greatest violin concertos of the 20th century, and the only violin concerto ever composed by Jean Sibelius.

A gifted child, Maxim Vengerov gave his first recital at the age of five and won the first prize at 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.

With his student, Eloisa-Fleur Thom, Maxim Vengerov explores the Violin concerto in D Minor, Op. 47's first movement, by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Completed in 1905, this concerto is the composer's most performed work, and such a success is due to a subtle balance between the solo violin part and the one of the orchestra.

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