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VC LIVE | Omer String Quartet – New York City Recital Debut [LIVE]

VC Facebook Live webcast of the American-based Omer String Quartet’s New York City recital debut – live from Merkin Concert Hall. Presented by Young Concert Artists,...

Violin & Viola Candidates Announced for Berlin’s 2019 Max Rostal Competition

The 17 violin and 17 viola candidates have this week been announced for the 2019 Max Rostal International Competition - to be held at...

Australian Conductor Stuart Challender Died On This Day – Aged Just 44 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Acclaimed Australian conductor Stuart Challender passed away on this day in 1991, from an AIDS-related illness - aged just 44. A graduate of the Victorian...

Today is South Korean VC Artist Bomsori Kim’s 29th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is South Korean VC Artist Bomsori Kim’s 29th birthday! A graduate of The Juilliard School, where she studied with Sylvia Rosenberg and Ronald Copes, Bomsori...

London’s Royal College Announces New String Quartet Fellowship Program

London’s Royal College of Music has this week announced the launch of a new one-year string quartet fellowship program - aimed to provide high...

University of Michigan Violin Professor Takes Leave Following Numerous Assault Allegations

The Michigan Daily newspaper has today reported University of Michigan School of Music Violin Professor Stephen Shipps has taken leave from the school - following allegations published earlier...

VC GIVEAWAY | Enter Now to Win an International ‘World Violin Day’ CD Prize Pack [ENTER]

To help celebrate this Thursday’s international World Violin Day, The Violin Channel in conjunction with our good friends at Naxos Records, is this week...

VC YOUNG ARTIST | Stephen Kim, 23 – Sendai, Menuhin, Seoul & Paganini Comp Major Prizes

23-year-old American violinist Stephen Kim is quickly building an international reputation as a rising young virtuoso of outstanding potential. A graduate of the Curtis Institute where he studied...

Austrian-Born American Violinist Eric Rosenblith Was Born On This Day in 1920 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian-born American violinist Eric Rosenblith was born on this day in 1920 - 98 years ago. A student of Jacques Thibaud, Carl Flesch and Bronisław Huberman, Mr...

Sexual Misconduct Allegations Leveled Against University of Michigan Violin Professor

The Michigan Daily campus newspapers has this week raised allegations of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct against University of Michigan School of Music Violin...

Violin Virtuoso Jascha Heifetz Died On This Day in 1987 – Aged 86 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Virtuoso Jascha Heifetz died on this day in 1987 – aged 86. A protege of Leopold Auer, he is remembered as arguably the greatest violinist...

Today is Korean-American Violin Virtuoso Sarah Chang’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Korean-American violin virtuoso Sarah Chang's birthday. A recognised child protégé of Dorothy DeLay and The Juilliard School, Sarah made her professional debut with...

MANIC MONDAY | The Shirtless Violinist – ‘Let It Go’ From ‘Frozen’ [WHAT]

Youtube phenom, Matthew Olshefski (aka The Shirtless Violinist) performing Let It Go from Disney's musical fantasy, Frozen. "Seeing as I’m a big fan of the movie, I couldn’t...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Rising Star Christian Li – ‘Rondo Capriccioso’, 10-Years-Old [2018

10-year-old VC Rising Star Christian Li from Australia performing Saint-Saens’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso - with pianist Laurence Matheson.   Christian was awarded joint 1st prize...

Musical America Announces 2018 Industry ‘Professionals of the Year’

Musical America Worldwide, in New York, has this week announced the Musical America 30 2018 Professionals of the Year - honored this year for innovation,...

Today is Violin Virtuoso Joshua Bell’s 51st Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American violin virtuoso Joshua Bell's 51st birthday! A student of legendary Russian pedagogue Josef Gingold, Joshua serves as Music Director of the Academy...

Conductor Oksana Lyniv To Step Down from Austria’s Graz Opera & Philharmonic

It has been announced this week that Graz Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra Chief Conductor Oksana Lyniv will step down from the role - at the conclusion...

Finnish Composer Jean Sibelius Born On This Day in 1865 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Finnish composer Jean Sibelius was born on this day in 1865 – 153 years ago. Sibelius' signature works include 7 symphonies, Finlandia, the Karelia Suite,...

Today is Violinist & Conductor Julian Rachlin’s 44th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Lithuanian-born Austrian violin virtuoso and conductor Julian Rachlin’s 44rd birthday. A protégé of Boris Kuschnir and Pinchas Zukerman, he is widely regarded as one...

2019 Classical Music Grammy Award Nominees Announced

The classical music nominees for the 2019 61st Annual Grammy Awards have today been announced - including violinists James Ehnes, Joshua Bell and Laurie...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | VC Young Artist Ayana Tsuji – Indianapolis Comp, 16-Years-Old [2014]

2014 archival footage of the then 16-year-old Japanese VC Young Artist Ayana Tsuji performing Paganini's 13th and 21st Solo Caprices – in the Opening Round of the...

VC Young Artist William Hagen Awarded Use of 1732 ‘Arkwright Lady Rebecca Sylvan’ Stradivarius

It has been announced this week that 26-year-old American VC Young Artist William Hagen has been granted the long term use of the 1732 Arkwright...

American Violinist Sergiu Luca Died On This Day in 2010 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Romanian-born American violinist Sergiu Luca died on this day in 2010 – 8 years ago. A student of Ivan Galamian, Mr Luca was a founding member of...

Today is VC Young Artist Ayana Tsuji’s 21st Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Japanese violinist, VC Young Artist Ayana Tsuji’s 21st birthday. A student of Professor Koichiro Harada, at the Tokyo College of Music, Ayana is...

Applications Open for 2019 Tibor Varga International Violin Competition [APPLY]

Applications are now open for the 2019 Tibor Varga International Violin Competition - to be held in Sion, Switzerland from the 18th to the 24th...

Candidates Announced for Detroit’s 2019 Annual Sphinx String Competition

The 10 Senior and 9 Junior Semi-Finalists have today been announced for the 2019 22nd Annual Sphinx Competition - to be held in Detroit, United...

Conductor Osmo Vänskä To Step Down from Minnesota Orchestra Helm

It has been announced today that Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vänskä will step down from the role - at the conclusion of the 2021-2022...

Michigan’s $100,000 M-Prize Chamber Music Competition Cancelled

It has been announced today at the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, in Michigan, United States, has been terminated and will not return in 2019 -...

Polish-American Violinist Piotr Janowski Died On This Day in 2008 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish-American violinist Piotr Janowski died on this day in 2008 – aged 57. A student of Ivan Galamian, Zino Francescatti, Henryk Szeryng and Jascha Heifetz, Mr Janowski was a former 1st...

Arnold Schönberg Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day in 1940 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Arnold Schönberg Violin Concerto Op. 36 premiered on this day in 1940. The first performance was given by Ukrainian-born American virtuoso Louis Krasner with The Philadelphia Orchestra...

Today is American Cellist David Finckel’s 67th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American cellist David Finckel’s 67th birthday. He served as a long-time member of the famed Emerson String Quartet from 1979 to 2013 - and currently...

Germany’s Weimar State Opera Orchestra Announces New Assistant Concertmaster

The Staatskapelle Weimar, in Weimar, Germany has today announced the appointment of 28-year-old German violinist Johannes Hupach as its new Assistant Concertmaster. A graduate of...

German State Philharmonic Rhineland-Palatinate Announces New Music Director

The Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfal, in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany, has today announced the appointment of British conductor Michael Francis as its new Music Director...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider – 1997 Queen Elisabeth Competition 1st Prize [VIDEO]

1997 archival footage of the then 21 year old Danish-Israeli violinist Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider's 1st prize winning performance - in the Final of the Queen Elisabeth...

Spain’s Bilbao Symphony Announces New Principal Second Violinist

The Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao, in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain has today announced the appointment of 25-year-old Spanish violinist Laura Delgado Casado as its...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Australian ‘Performer of the Year’ Emily Sun – Faure Violin Sonata No. 1 [2018]

2018 Australian 'Young Performer of the Year', 26-year-old violinist Emily Sun performing Faure’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Major - with pianist Phillip Shovk. Recorded live...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen – ‘The Hanukkah Carol’ [LOL]

Metropolitan Opera rising star, countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen presents a new take on a very traditional holiday … Written by and featuring accordionist Ronn...

Cellist Clara Kim Appointed to Juilliard School Cello Teaching Faculty

The Juilliard School, in New York, has announced the appointment of South-Korean-born cellist Clara Kim to its cello teaching faculty. A graduate of The Juilliard...

BREAKING | San Francisco Symphony Announces Esa-Pekka Salonen as New Music Director

The San Francisco Symphony has today announced the appointment of Finnish conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen as its new Music Director - effective from...

German Composer Karl Amadeus Hartmann Died On This Day in 1963 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer Karl Amadeus Hartmann died on this day in 1963 - aged 58. Despite being largely overlooked in many English-speaking countries, he is often...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Died On This Day in 1791 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died on this day in 1791 – aged just 35. Mozart’s exact cause of death is not known, however reports indicate he had...

Czech Violinist & Composer Jan Kubelik Died On This Day in 1940 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Czech violinist and composer Jan Kubelik died on this day in 1940 – aged 60. A student of Otakar Sevcik, he is remembered as one of the pre-eminent...

Prizes Awarded at Inaugural Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music Competition

24-year-old American violinist Usha Kapoor and 23-year-old American pianist Edward Leung have this week been awarded 1st prize at the inaugural Birmingham International Piano Chamber...

SAD NEWS | Spanish Conductor Juan José Olives Has Passed Away [RIP]

Spanish conductor Juan José Olives has passed away - following a long illness. A graduate of the Barcelona Conservatory and the Vienna Hochschule für Musik,...

Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen To Step Down from London’s Philharmonia Orchestra

The Philharmonia Orchestra, in London, has today announced Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen will step down from the role - at the...

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day in 1881 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 premiered on this day in 1881 – 137 years ago. The first performance was given by Russian...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Nathan Milstein – Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto [1963 ARCHIVES]

Never-before-uploaded 1963 archival performance of legendary Ukrainian-born American violin virtuoso Nathan Milstein performing Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto - with conductor Walter Hendl and the Chicago Symphony...

VC YOUNG ARTIST | Luke Hsu, 28 – Indianapolis, Michael Hill, Paganini & Wieniawski Comp Major Prizes

28-year-old Chinese-American violinist Luke Hsu is building an international reputation as a rising young virtuoso of outstanding potential. A graduate of the Shepherd School of Music,...

Violinist Nikolaj Znaider Announces Professional Name Change

Israeli-Danish violin virtuoso and conductor Nikolaj Znaider has today announced, moving forward, he will be returning to the use of his full name Nikolaj...

MANIC MONDAY | TwoSet Violin & Hilary Hahn – Paganini Hula Hooping [WHAT]

Australian funsters TwoSet Violin performing Paganini’s 24th Solo Caprice hula hooping … with very special guest … Recorded live on the 30th November, 2018...

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VC YOUNG ARTIST | Stephen Kim, 23 – Sendai, Menuhin, Seoul & Paganini Comp Major Prizes

23-year-old American violinist Stephen Kim is quickly building an international reputation as a rising young virtuoso of outstanding potential. A graduate of the Curtis Institute where he studied...

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