Maxim Vengerov, who has been one of the world’s leading violinists for more than four decades, will consecrate a whole evening to the sublime music of one of the most important composers of all time.
On April the 25th, Vengerov will present a Brahms Gala at the Royal Albert Hall, featuring some of the Romantic’s finest masterpieces. He will perform the Violin Concerto by Brahms whose Academic Festival Overture will be also part of the programme.
On Vengerov’s special request, rising star Sandra Lied Haga, well known to the London audience since her spectacular Wigmore Hall debut at the age of 12, will make her debut on the Royal Albert Hall stage. After hearing the young Norwegian cellist for the first time, Vengerov was simply overwhelmed: “Sandra’s tone is exquisite, rich, and extremely beautiful. Her playing is intelligent and deep-felt. This young lady surely is the future of cello playing,” says Vengerov. As the special guest of the evening, Haga will join Vengerov for the Double Concerto for Violin and Cello.
As the cherry on the cake, Vengerov will give his audience a musical surprise together with some of his most promising students from the Royal College of Music. Marios Papadopoulos will be the conductor of the splendid Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra which has had a lasting and prolific performance history with Vengerov.
Brahms at his best!
Cellist Sandra Lied Haga is an emerging artist with a bright future. Winner of four international competitions and numerous awards in Scandinavia, including the Equinor Classical Music Award, she possesses a uniquely beautiful cello tone thanks to her rare absolute pitch. Her passionate playing has captivated audiences worldwide, and she has performed at renowned venues such as Wigmore Hall, Salzburger Festspielhaus, and Moscow Conservatory.
Haga's accolades include 1st prizes in Tallinn Young Musician, Padova International Music Competition, and International Chance Competition in Moscow. Sandra Lied Haga plays a cello by Joannes Florenus Guidantus (Bologna, 1730), kindly provided by Dextra Musica.