“Rather than disappointing audiences I would say that if I stop doing these other projects now, I will be disappointing myself. From this point on, I have decided to leave my violin to rest for some time, in order to give my undivided attention to conducting.”
まだ３３歳である。ヴァイオリン演奏・指揮・教育と、複数の活動への専心が難しいのはわかるが、我々としては落胆せざるをえない。 to rest for some time という部分に、僅かな期待を込めたいところだが。
Nor does he want to go back to “being on a wheel in a box, like a hamster. I have to get off that wheel to see if I’m capable of doing other things. I will play again. But I can’t tell you when that will be.”
And so when Vengerov returns to the UK next Friday for the Yehudi Menuhin violin competition in Cardiff (he is a judge), it will be as a conductor, accompanying another violin star (Joshua Bell) rather than taking centre stage. It’s not injury that has led to the substitution – to Vengerov’s mild irritation, this is still the official story – but simply the desire to try new things.
Once again he says: “The violin is my mother tongue. I will always come back to it, but have no plans to get back on the treadmill. There comes a time when you need to stop flying all over the world. When the opportunity came for me to conduct Josh at the Menuhin competition instead of playing, I was really excited by the idea.”