EMI Classics and Maxim Vengerov Extend Contract

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Violinist Maxim Vengerov and EMI Classics have extended their exclusive recording contract through the end of 2009, the record company announced.

Vengerov first recorded for EMI in 1999 and signed an exclusive contract with the label the following year. His CDs with the company have included a 2003 recording of the Britten Violin Concerto and William Walton Viola Concerto, which won a Grammy Award. His most recent recording collects virtuoso works by Paganini, Kreisler, Ysaêe, and others.

"I have admired Maxim Vengerov since I first saw him some 10 years ago," said EMI Classics president Richard Lyttelton in a statement. "He is without question the finest violinist of his generation and this major signing is a clear indication of EMI's confidence in the long-term future of the classical music industry."

The violinist is currently taking a sabbatical from performing in order to ride his motorcycle across the United States and study jazz improvisation and tango dancing‹the latter is included in a Benjamin Yusupov concerto that Vengerov will premiere in May 2005.

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