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Max Vengerov brings his festival to Israel

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"Israel is dear to my heart," says internationally acclaimed violinist and conductor Maxim Vengerov in a phone interview from Switzerland. "Several members of my family live there, and we own a home in Migdal near Lake Kinneret. I like Israeli audiences a lot - they are well educated, attentive and responsive, with many Russian immigrants among them. It's a pity that I don't appear in Israel enough, but here finally is a chance!" Vengerov, who currently makes France his home, is referring to his new two-day festival, which will take place in Tel Aviv at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium on September 19 and 20.

In 2013 Vengerov inaugurated an annual festival in Tokyo, which featured concerts and master classes, with great success.

"So I asked myself, Why not in Israel?'" he says.