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OUT NOW | Violinist Friedemann Eichhorn’s New CD: ‘Brahms, Schumann, Mendelssohn & Gernsheim’ [LISTEN]

Paladino Music has this month announced the release of German violinist Friedemann Eichhorn new album: 'Brahms, Schumann, Mendelssohn & Gernsheim: Works For Violin &...

AUDITION | San Antonio Symphony – ‘Assistant Principal Viola’ Position [APPLY]

The San Antonio Symphony Orchestra in San Antonio, Texas, United States is currently accepting applications for the Assistant Principal Viola position. Applications to be received by May...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | Cellist Yo-Yo Ma – 7 Years Old [1962]

Incredible 1962 archival footage of the then 7-year-old cellist Yo-Yo Ma performing Jean-Baptiste Bréval’s Concertino No. 3 in A Major - accompanied by sister...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | American Vaudeville Violinist Wilbur Francis Hall [WHAT]

American vaudeville violinist Wilbur Francis Hall's frantically athletic rendition of Pop Goes the Weasel ... Taken from the 1930 classic film: The King of Jazz.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meuNWgl2ko8 WILBUR HALL...

BREAKING | London’s Royal Opera House Ordered to Pay £750,000 In Musician’s Hearing Damage Case

It has been announced today that London’s Royal Opera House has lost its legal appeal against a 2018 court decision awarding damages to a...

AUDITION | Singapore Symphony – ‘Principal Double Bass’ Position [APPLY]

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra, in Singapore, is currently accepting applications for the Principal Double Bass position. Applications to be received by April 12th, 2019. For further details, visit: https://bit.ly/2HBaWBB...

Cello Virtuoso Gregor Piatigorsky Born On This Day in 1903 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-born American cello virtuoso Gregor Piatigorskywas born on this day in 1903 – 116 years ago. Dying in 1976, Maestro Piatigorsky served as Principal Cellist...

Hungarian Conductor István Kertész Died On This Day in 1973 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Internationally acclaimed Hungarian conductor István Kertész died on this day in 1973 - aged just 43. Remembered as one of the finest conductors of the 20th Century,...

Today is Canadian-Born Violinist Lara St John’s Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Canadian-born violin soloist Lara St John's birthday! A student of Linda Cerone, Gerard Jarry, Felix Galimir, Arnold Steinhardt and Joey Corpus, Lara has...

AUDITION | Vancouver Symphony – ‘Section Second Violin’ Position [APPLY]

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in British Columbia, Canada is currently accepting applications for a Section Second Violin position. Applications to be received by May 6th, 2019. For further...

OUT NOW | Cellist Alban Gerhardt’s New CD: ‘Bach: The Cello Suites’ [LISTEN]

Hyperion Records has this month announced the release of German cellist Alban Gerhardt's new album: Bach: The Cello Suites. The disc features the 6 cornerstone...

VC ARTIST | Igor Pikayzen – Szeryng, Wronski & Viña Del Mar Competition Major Prizes

Russian-American violin virtuoso Igor Pikayzen is building an international reputation as one of today’s most exciting and gifted young concert soloists. A graduate of the...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Peabody Institute Cello Gang – Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ [2019]

Cellist Amit Peled and Peabody Institute students Jiaoyang Xu, Mafalda Santos, Joseph Staten, Ismael Guerrero and Tzu Jou Yeh performing Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody - newly...

Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin Creates New Smoothing Playlist for Pets

The Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin has this week announced the release of his own specially-curated symphonic playlist ... for pets. Inspired by the...

Iceland Symphony Announces New Principal Guest Conductor

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra, in Reykjavík, Iceland, has this week announced the appointment of Icelandic conductor and composer Daníel Bjarnason as its new Principal...

Violinist Tasmin Little Awarded BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Personality of the Year’

It has been announced this week that British violinist Tasmin Little has been awarded BBC Music Magazine's 2019 Personality of the Year accolade -...

Conductor Gerard Schwarz Appointed to Miami’s Frost School of Music Faculty

The University of Miami's Frost School of Music has this week announced the appointment of international conductor Gerard Schwarz to its Music, Conducting and...

MANIC MONDAY | YouTuber Andrew Huang – ‘Air’ on an Actual G String [WTF]

Um …. Youtube sensation Andrew Huang takes on Johann Sebastian Bach’s Air on the G String …. played entirely on ladies' underwear. We have no more...

Prizes Awarded at 2019 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition

28-year-old American violist Paul Laraia has been awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition – in Port Erin, on the...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Cellist Yo-Yo Ma – Bach Cello Suite, US-Mexico Border [2019]

Superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma performing Bach’s 6th Solo Cello Suite live at the US-Mexico border - in protest to the Trump administration's recent immigration...

VERY SAD NEWS | North-Carolina Based Violinist & Violist Xi Yang has Died – Aged 56 [RIP]

Chinese-born violinist and violist Xi Yang has passed away from colon cancer - aged just 56. A graduate of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music,...

Today is British Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber’s 68th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber's 68th birthday! A student of Pierre Fournier, he has premiered a number of important works including Cello Concertos...

Legendary Violin Pedagogue Ivan Galamian Died On This Day in 1981 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Iranian-born Armenian violinist Ivan Galamian died on this day in 1981 – 38 years ago. A student of French pedagogue Lucien Capet, he is remembered...

Applications Closing for Italy’s il Piccolo Violino Magico Competition [APPLY]

Applications are now closing for the 2019 il Piccolo Violino Magico International Competition – to be held in San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy from the 3rd to...

Semi-Finalists Announced at Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition

The 8 Semi-Finalists have been announced at the 2019 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition – in Port Erin, on the Isle of Man. The Semi-Finalists...

OUT NOW | Quatuor Capriccio’s New CD: ‘Capriccios’ [LISTEN]

Orchid Classics has this month announced the release of the Paris-based Quatuor Capriccio's new album: Capriccios. Recorded with guest artists, violist Gerard Causse and cellist...

SAD NEWS | American Violin Luthier Raymond Hardy Jr. has Died – Aged 86 [RIP]

Baltimore-based stringed instrument maker and repairer Raymond E. Hardy Jr. has passed away from Alzheimer’s disease complications - aged 86. A clarinet performance and education...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Violinist Mischa Elman – Mendelssohn Violin Concerto [1948 ARCHIVAL]

Incredible never-before-uploaded 1948 archival performance of luminary violinist Mischa Elman performing Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor – with conductor Antal Dorati and the...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | Baiba Skride – Queen Elisabeth Competition 1st Prize [2001]

The then 20-year-old Latvian violinist Baiba Skride’s 1st prize winning performance in the Final of the 2001 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition. The jury for...

Italian Master Luthier Nicola Amati Died On This Day in 1684 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian master luthier Nicola Amati died on this day in 1684, 335 years ago - aged 88. The grandson of Andrea Amati, the founder of the...

Today is VC Young Artist Cellist Zlatomir Fung’s 20th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American cellist, VC Young Artist Zlatomir Fung’s 20th birthday. A student of Richard Aaron and Timothy Eddy at The Juilliard School, Zlatomir is a former 1st prize winner at...

Conductor Hannu Lintu To Step Down from Finnish Radio Symphony in 2021

It has been announced today that conductor Hannu Lintu will step down as Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, in Helsinki - effective from...

SAD NEWS | Prominent LA Violinist Pavel Farkas Has Died – Aged 77

Czechoslovakian-born Los Angeles-based violinist Pavel Farkas has passed away - aged 77. Throughout his six decade performing career, Mr Farkas served as a member of...

VC GIVEAWAY | Win 1 of 5 Signed VC Artist Augustin Hadelich ‘Brahms Ligeti’ CDs [ENTER]

To help celebrate the international release of VC Artist Augustin Hadelich's new album Brahms Ligeti Violin Concertos, The Violin Channel in conjunction with Warner...

Candidates Announced for Japan’s Sendai International Violin Competition

The 38 candidates have today been announced for the 2019 Sendai International Violin Competition – to be held in Sendai, Japan from the 15th to...

VC WEB BLOG | Violinist Chloë Hanslip – ‘Life Lessons You Can Only Learn on Stage’ [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with British violinist Chloë Hanslip. In a VC-exclusive guest blog, the international virtuoso shares her thoughts on the life...

Chicago Symphony Musicians’ Strike Continues Into 4th Week

It has been announced this week that the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have rejected management's recent "last, best and final offer" to...

LA Phil Announces New Diversity Resident Fellowship Recipient

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has this week announced Honduras-Korean violinist Gabriela Peña-Kim as the recipient of the 2018-2019 Resident Fellowship – created to invest...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | Luciano Pavarotti – Puccini’s ‘Nessun Dorma’ [1980]

Incredible 1980 archival performance of legendary tenor Luciano Pavarotti singing 'Nessun Dorma' from Puccini's 'Turandot' - with conductor Zubin Mehta and the New York...

OUT NOW | Orava Quartet’s New CD: ‘Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov & Shostakovich’ [LISTEN]

Deutsche Grammophon has this month announced the release of the Australian-based Orava Quartet's new album: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov & Shostakovich. The disc features Tchaikovsky's String Quartet...

Third Major North American Conductor Withdraws Injured This Week

The Toronto Symphony, in Toronto, Canada has today announced that conductor Louis Langrée will withdrawn from all concert appearances this week - due to...

New Pavarotti Documentary Set for Upcoming Cinema Release [OFFICIAL TRAILER]

It has been announced this week that a new documentary, based on the life of renowned Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti, is set for international...

AUDITION | San Antonio Symphony – ‘Assistant Concertmaster’ Position [APPLY]

The San Antonio Symphony in San Antonio, Texas, United States is currently accepting applications for the Assistant Concertmaster position. Applications to be received by April 22nd, 2019. For...

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma To Be Awarded Dartmouth College Honorary Doctorate

Dartmouth College, in New Hampshire, United States has today announced that superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma will be awarded a 2019 Honorary Doctorate Degree from...

SAD NEWS | Baltimore Symphony Violinist John Merrill has Died – Aged 75 [RIP]

American violinist John C. Merrill has passed away from pancreatic cancer - aged 75. A graduate of Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, where he...

San Diego Symphony Announces Appointment of Three New Violinists

The San Diego Symphony has this week announced the appointment of three new violinists to the ensemble - effective from the commencement of the...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Meet Pat Ernst … The Skiing Violinist [BRRRRR]

Violinist Pat Ernst, from the band The Whiskeydicks, warming up on his way to work at Whistler's Dubh Linn Gate Irish pub ...   https://youtu.be/IFslN5fbOSI    

Today is Korean-American Violin Virtuoso Soovin Kim’s 43rd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Korean-American violinist Soovin Kim’s 43rd birthday. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied...

SAD NEWS | Austrian Composer Balduin Sulzer Has Died – Aged 87

Austrian composer and educator Balduin Sulzer has passed away - aged 87. A graduate of the University of Vienna, Bruckner Conservatory and the Vienna Academy of...

OUT NOW | Cellist Andrei Ioniță’s New CD: ‘Oblique Strategies For Solo Cello’ [LISTEN]

Orchid Classics has announced the release of Romanian cellist Andrei Ioniță's new album: Oblique Strategies: Works for Solo Cello. The disc features Bach’s 1st Solo...

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