Maxim Vengerov Joins Royal College of Music London as Visiting Professor of Violin

September 6, 2016, 1:21 PM · Russian Violinist Maxim Vengerov will join the Royal College of Music in London as a visiting professor of violin, the RCM announced Monday.

Maxim Vengerov
Maxim Vengerov.

Vengerov will visit the RCM at least three times a year, working with students through masterclasses and individual lessons. His position, called the Polonsky Visiting Professor of Violin, is supported by The Polonsky Foundation. Vengerov's first event at the RCM as Visiting Professor of Violin will be a public masterclass at 6 p.m. Sept. 23.

"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," Vengerov said in a press release. "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, 42, was a child prodigy who studied with Zakhar Bron and won first prize in a number of international competitions. He went on to make numerous recordings and had a highly successful solo career until a shoulder injury in 2005 sidelined him. He returned to the violin in 2011 and has been performing as a soloist and conductor since. He has been an International Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since 1997 and has won numerous awards.

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