Friday, October 14, 2022 @ 8:00pm – 9:00pm (PDT)
UC Berkeley – Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, CA, USA

Russian-born Israeli violin virtuoso Maxim Vengerov returns to Berkeley nearly 30 years after his Cal Performances debut, in a recital sparkling with expressive warmth and interpretive brilliance. The program showcases Vengerov’s fluid mastery in repertoire that ranges from Beethoven’s grand Kreutzer Sonata, to two elegant violin works by Tchaikovsky, to an instrumental arrangement of Shostakovich’s intimate song cycle From Jewish Folk Poetry. “His technical wizardry is accompanied by a big dose of heart. There’s nothing cerebral about his approach; rather, he seems instinctively to understand what makes the music go” (The Washington Post).

This performance is made possible, in part, by Taube Philanthropies. Support for the presentation of Israeli artists is provided by The Sir Jack Lyons Charitable Trust.

About Maxim Vengerov, violin

Universally hailed as one of the world’s finest musicians, Grammy Award winner Maxim Vengerov also enjoys international acclaim as a conductor and has held teaching positions in the world's leading conservatoires throughout his career.

About Polina Osetinskaya, piano

Internationally acclaimed pianist Polina Osetinskaya is known for her unusual solo programs that include works by contemporary composers juxtaposed with classical repertoire.