The Academy

Message from Yehudi Menuhin

In true Swiss tradition, the Academy I founded in 1977 has become both national but an international institution. It brings together students from all over the world and it gives again to the whole world. It brings talented musicians who receive their musical « finishing school » training in Gstaad, in the Suisse Romande, in Berne and in Geneva.

I feel that the Academy and the Camerata are ideal experiences for talented musicians about to launch into their careers. They each have solo appearances, chamber music opportunities and chamber orchestra experience.

They learn how to handle concerts and the public stage and they respond with the wonderful enthusiasm and ability. They have repeatedly won prizes at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.

These youngsters also get the opportunity of acquainting themselves with the traditions and the styles of music of Italy, Germany, Spain, and Portugal, by sojourns of several weeks in those countries, sometimes even as far away as Argentina. The concerts are invariably successful and the people are enchanted with their comportment and their playing.

I am happy and satisfied with the work achieved, with the just renown of the Academy and the wonderful support we receive from the whole of Switzerland.”

Maxim Vengerov:
Musical Ambassador and Professor

Born in 1974, Maxim Vengerov began his career as a solo violinist at the age of 5, winning prestigious international competitions soon after and has collaborated with the world’s finest conductors and instrumentalists world-wide ever since. He made his first recoding at the age of 10, and has recorded extensively for a number of high-profile labels, including Teldec and EMI, receiving many prestigious awards and nominations including a Grammy and Gramophone Artist of the Year.  He studied first with Galina Tourchaninova and subsequently with Professor Bron.

Maxim has let himself be inspired by many different styles of music, including baroque, jazz and rock, and in 2007 took 4 years off the violin to study conducting. Having returned to the violin in 2011, he now regularly performs as soloist and conductor or both with all major orchestras and regularly performs recitals and chamber music around the globe.

Teaching and encouraging young talent is a great passion of Maxim’s as he himself received great support from Mstislav Rostropovich and Daniel Barenboim since the age of 17. He has become the Ambassador and visiting Professor of the International Menuhin Academy (IMMA) in Switzerland and he has taken the post of Menuhin Professor at the Royal Academy of Music London since January 2012. As chairman of the prestigious Wienawski competition in Poznan, Maxim has been auditioning over 200 musicians, travelling to 9 capitals of the world, selecting the finalists for last year’s competition and after this tremendous success has already been re-elected to become chairman in 2016.

In 1997, Maxim Vengerov became the first classical musician to be appointed Goodwill Ambassador by UNICEF, which provided him with the unique opportunity to inspire children worldwide through music.  In this role he performed for underprivileged children in Uganda, Thailand and the Balkans, and helped raise funds for many UNICEF assisted programs.

Maestro Vengerov has been profiled in a series of documentaries, including Playing by Heart, which was recorded by Channel Four Television and screened at the Cannes Television Festival in 1999, and Living the Dream, which was released worldwide and received the Gramophone Award for Best Documentary 2008.  In September 2008 he was invited by the BBC to conduct the BBC concert orchestra and be a member of the jury in the Maestro Series, a program designed to give general public an insight into the fascinating profession of a conductor.  Maestro regularly serves on juries, most recently at the Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition and the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition.

Maxim now regularly records diverse repertoire, of which the release of a recital recording on the Wigmore Live label later this December marked his comeback to the violin.

Maxim Vengerov plays ex-Kreutzer Stradivari (1727)

Posted on: September 2nd, 2012