The 2016/17 season marks the fourth year in the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra’s thrilling relationship with its legendary Artist in Residence, Maxim Vengerov.
Since his first appearance with the Orchestra in a critically acclaimed sell-out concert at the Sheldonian Theatre in early 2013, audiences across the UK have enjoyed performances of searing musicality, whether Vengerov appears with violin or baton in hand.
I feel a special bond with Marios Papadopoulos, this superb orchestra and the city of Oxford which, for me, creates a perfect environment for music-making. We have enjoyed so many wonderful performances together and I greatly look forward to each opportunity to return.
Recent highlights from the residency include a UK tour of the Brahms concerto followed by Vengerov conducting Mendelssohn’s ‘Scottish’ symphony; acclaimed performances of the original 1904 Sibelius Violin Concerto in London and Oxford; and recital appearances with Marios Papadopoulos in Oxford, London and at Windsor Castle.
Vengerov and the Oxford Philharmonic are also creating a number of recordings together. Together with Marios Papadopoulos, Vengerov recorded the complete Brahms Violin Sonatas in 2015 to coincide with a worldwide recital tour visiting Vienna, Madrid and South America.
Over the course of many thrilling projects, our relationship with Artist in Residence Maxim Vengerov has touched audiences far and wide. It is a treasured partnership that continues to inspire our players, our local community and those for whom we travel to play. Maxim’s energy and questing spirit allows for endless possibilities and we look forward to yet more musical adventures together.
The Residency extends further than performance alone to encompass educational projects and work with students as part of the Oxford Philharmonic’s own Residency with the University of Oxford. This has included masterclasses with students from Oxford University and the Royal Academy of Music, where Maxim Vengerov is the Menuhin Professor of Music.