A violinist of supreme authority and ability, Vengerov will play in Kansas City after two decades away. The 43-year-old virtuoso, who made his American recital debut on the Harriman-Jewell Series in 1993 and quickly returned in 1996, will demonstrate his peerless playing with a program of Brahms, Ravel, Ernst, and Paganini with pianist Roustem Saïtkoulov.
“As a presenter, I’ve been so anxious to bring Vengerov back,” Harriman-Jewell Series Executive and Artistic Director Clark Morris said. “It’s been long enough ago that a lot of our audience may not remember him or may not have seen him back in the early ’90s. I think they’re really going to be blown away.”
Universally hailed as one of the world’s finest musicians, the Grammy award-winner enjoys international acclaim as a conductor and is one of the most in-demand soloists. Born in 1974, Vengerov began his career as a solo violinist at the age of five, made his first recording at the age of 10, and went on to record extensively for high-profile labels including Melodia, Teldec and EMI. In 1997, Vengerov became the first classical musician to be appointed International Goodwill Ambassador by UNICEF. He plays the ex-Kreutzer Stradivari violin (1727).
Pianist Roustem Saïtkoulov was born in Kazan (Russian Federation) and has recorded several solo piano CD albums for EMI Classics and Dinemec Classics. In 2012, Master Chord Records released two Chopin Piano Concertos with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Grzegorz Nowak. In 2014, IndéSens label produced his recording of the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Dmitri Shostakovich. Saïtkoulov is a frequent piano collaborator with Vengerov.
Brahms: Scherzo from the FAE Sonata
Brahms: Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108
Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major "Sonate posthume"
Ernst: Variations on "The Last Rose of Summer"
Paganini: I Palpiti, Op. 13, arranged by Fritz Kreisler
An audience/artist conversation from the stage will immediately follow the recital.
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