Maxim Vengerov takes a teaching job

Maxim Vengerov takes a teaching job


norman lebrecht

August 19, 2019

Once the most sought-after solo violinist, Vengerov signed on today (pictured) as a professor at the Salzburg Mozarteum University. The post, it is stipulated, is being financed externally.

More here.



  • Wladek says:

    Downhill and depressing comes to mind.

  • Bruce says:

    Interesting article (link). They go into detail about who is paying and the legal troubles this “economic baron of Switzerland” and his company have had.

    Anyway, maybe (gasp!) he’s a good teacher. Maybe he got tired of the life of a touring soloist.

  • Gertrude says:

    Very beautiful city. The only problem with it is the Austrians.

  • batonbaton says:

    A while ago I saw him give a masterclass at Royal Academy of Music in London where he has been visiting professor for some time. It was insightful, good-humoured and focused on the music to the exclusion of everything else. He’ll probably do well in his new post.

    • wladek says:

      One can also view the teaching method as some of the worst sort to come down the pike.Not so much
      as teaching as it is playing to the crowd.

  • Melisande says:

    A nice announcement on his todays’ 45 birthday!

  • Edgar Self says:

    Maxim Vengerov had an unusual playing posture when I saw him 20 years ago at a CSO rehearsal, awaiting his entrance relaxed, feet apart like Isaac Stern, arms straight down at his side, then whipping his violin up very high, arching backward and chin up (no rest). He’s been conducting and has had some physical problems, I’ve read.

    Later that season when he played Shostakovich seated in a quartet with CSO concertmaster Sam Magad as second violin, Yuri Bashmet, and Rostropovich, his osture wasn’t unusual.

    Another violinist of unusual stance is Nicolai Znaider, who is also doing some conducting. He looks too tall to play the violin, as if he can barely reach it down there.

    Many violinists take up teaching if they tire of touring and want a steady job and settled home.

  • Chris says:

    I seem to recall that Barbara Bonney retired quite early from public performance and she too, I believe began teaching at the Salzburg Mozarteum

  • Aubrey Ansell says:

    I hope he doesn’t retire from the concert platform, as he has many playing years ahead of him.
    Even Itzhak Perlman who is in his seventies with his physical problems still gives the occasional performance coupled with conducting and teaching.

    • Wladek says:

      The violin world needs a good house cleaning from
      the technically proficient schlock artists who pass
      themselves off as musicians and have turned the
      art into circus performances..When they begin to
      bore as fiddle players many turn to teaching and
      conducting or contest judges thus keeping their
      dreary world going.

  • Edgar Self says:

    Yes, Perlman just played Bruch’s G-ninor cncerto at Ravinia Festival.

  • Alan says:

    Imagine in the future when Yuja gets a teaching post. Slipped disc would turned into 1812 overture.