On Sunday 17th September, virtuoso violinist Maxim Vengerov will give an exclusive performance to support the needy in Israel.
He will play at a gala dinner for the charity, Manna, with a programme including Brahms' Scherzo from the FAE Sonata 6 and Enescu's Sonata No 2.
Born into a musical family in Siberia, Maxim Vengerov, 43, has been playing violin since the age of five when, on his first meeting with a renowned violin teacher, she asked him, "Do you have strength in these hands?" The young boy punched her in the stomach as hard as he could. "Fortunately, she was in a good mood that day and she accepted me as a student!”
Vengerov has been wowing audiences worldwide both as a soloist and with orchestras for over three decades. In the footsteps of his mentors Rostropovich and Barenboim, the multiple-award winner has added conducting and teaching to his ever-growing repertoire and cites jazz, baroque and even rock music as influences.
Manna helps support the immediate relief of poverty in Israel. The charity provides its pre-paid cards, which allow the purchase of food before the chagim, and through restaurants, meals on wheels, youth centres and vocational training courses open to all.
The event will be at the Sheraton Grand Park Lane. Tickets can be purchased at: http://www.mannauk.org/event/gala-dinner/