Michael Vaiman is Top prize-winner at the H.Wieniawski Competition in Poznan (Poland).
Since 1999-Professor of Violin at Musikhochschule in Cologne. Artistic Director of the Music Festival and Masterclass “Musical Summer” in Malaga, Spain (2014-2018).
Michael Vaiman was born in Odessa (Ukraine).After graduating from the distinguished Stolyarsky School of Music (class of Leonid Mordkovich) in his hometown he studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music in Moscow, under the tutelage of legendary violinist David Oistrakh and Semyon Snitkovsky.
Early in his career Michael Vaiman already received critical acclaim as a “poet of the violin”, along with his “technical brilliance”, he has particularly been lauded for his “noble and articulate tone” and his “deep understanding of music.”
Especially noteworthy is the unusual range of his repertoire, which includes all violin sonatas by Beethoven, Brahms, Prokofiev, Frank,Schumann. Also all of Schubert’s, Shostakovich’s, Szymanovski’s compositions for violin and piano. Violin solo sonatas of Bach and Ysaye,etc.
In his repertoire many violin concertos with orchestra. Michael Vaiman is also the first performer of a number works of the modern composers (Boris Tischenko, Leonid Hoffman, Dmitry Smirnov ,Elena Firsova). He founded a chamber orchestra in Israel, which he manages and conducts (1991-96)
Among the high points of his international career – violin concertos performed with orchestras and conductors such as the Berlin Symphony Orchestra under Guenter Herbich, the Moscow Philharmonic under Yuri Simonov, St. Petersburg’s Symphony under Arvid Jansons, “Moscow Soloists” Chamber Orchestra under Yuri Bashmet, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra under Saulus Sondezkis, London Soloist Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo Soloist chamber Ensamble etc.
He participated in many chamber music festivals such as Kuhmo (Finland), Tours (France), Elba Festival (Italy), Summit Music Festival (New York),playing together with many internationaly renowned musician such as Paul Badura-Skoda,Yuri Bashmet, Akiko Ebi, Mario Brunello, Dina Yoffe,etc. Also performances with orchestras and recitals in such venues as Barbicane Centre in London,Salle Playel in Paris,Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Bunka Kaikan Hall in Tokyo among others.
Michael Vaiman’s activity as a teacher began in 1980 at the Central Music School of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. 1989-1997 Professor at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv University. 1995-1999 Guest professor at the Aichi Prefecture’s University of Fine Art and Music in Nagoya, Japan.
Michael Vaiman giving numerous master classes at Mozarteum Summer Academy (Salzburg), F.Liszt Academy (Budapest),Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, UK), Beijing Central Conservatory of Music (China),Toho Gakuen School of music (Tokyo), South Methodist University in Dallas (USA), “Keshet Eilon” in Israel and many others. His students working in the different orchestras in Spain, Japan, Germany, Israel, Switzerland and USA. Many of them are winners of international competitions. He is invited as a juror at various international music competitions.
Michael Vaiman has many radio, TV, and commercial recordings.
His CD recordings include works by Bach-Sonatas&Partitas (DUX 0610/0611), Prokofiev, Ysaye, Szymanowski, Kreisler (AGPL-001), Tartini,Stravinsky,Wieniawski(XCP 5021), Schubert (XCP 5026),”Doppelgaenger” works by M.Weinberg, Liszt, Schumann, Brahms (ACO-CD 13518) and many others.
Also DVD’s live recordings include works of Bach, Mozart, Shostakovich,Ysaye, Frank,Stravinski etc.