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Maxim Vengerov Joins the Royal College of Music

Monday 5 September 2016


The Royal College of Music is delighted to announce the appointment of globally renowned violinist Maxim Vengerov as Polonsky Visiting Professor of Violin.

Throughout his 40 year career as both a violinist and conductor, Vengerov has appeared with the world’s finest orchestras and conductors and given solo recitals at major concert halls and festivals around the globe. His extensive Grammy Award winning recording output has positioned Vengerov as one of the most prolific and influential musicians of all time.

Maxim Vengerov said: ‘I am thrilled to be joining the Royal College of Music as Polonsky Visiting Professor of Violin and very much look forward to working with the RCM’s talented students. Encouraging new generations of musicians is one my greatest passions and I am very pleased to be able to help shape the future careers of violinists at one of the world’s leading music conservatoires.’

Vengerov will visit the RCM at least three times a year, working with students through regular masterclasses and individual tuition.

Mark Messenger, Head of Strings at the RCM, said: ‘I am delighted that Maxim Vengerov will join our truly international string faculty and world class violin department. RCM violinists will receive unrivalled opportunities to learn from one of the finest musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries, realising the College’s raison d'être of unlocking talented students’ artistic potential through collaboration with the world’s leading artists.’

The newly created role of Polonsky Visiting Professor of Violin is generously supported by The Polonsky Foundation.

Professor Colin Lawson CBE, Director of the RCM, said: ‘The College is very fortunate to have a close relationship with The Polonsky Foundation, which already provides ongoing philanthropic support to the RCM and its students, helping to ensure that financial means are never a barrier to the world class music education we provide. Maxim Vengerov’s appointment is a testament to the extremely high levels of musical training that are central to the RCM student experience and I am thrilled to welcome him as part of the RCM family.’

Maxim Vengerov’s first visit to the RCM as Polonsky Visiting Professor of Violin will be for a public masterclass on 23 September 2016.