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Sweden’s Malmö Symphony Announces New Principal Conductor

The Malmö Symphony Orchestra, in Malmö, Sweden has today announced the appointment of 34-year-old American conductor Robert Trevino as its new Principal Conductor -...

MANIC MONDAY | Guns N’ Roses – ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ (Arr. Solo Violin) [ROCK-ON]

18-year old Icelandic violinist Baldur Dyrford performing Guns No'Roses' hit rock track Sweet Child o' Mine .... arranged for solo violin ....   https://youtu.be/QKExkx2Xh20?t=35s BALDUR BYRFORD |...

Finalists Announced at 2018 Eurovision Young Classical Musicians Contest

The 6 Finalists have today been announced at the 2018 Eurovision Young Musicians Contest – in Edinburgh, Scotland. The 2018 Finalists, each to represent their home...

Stolen 1840 Giovanni Francesco Pressenda Violin Found Undamaged in Auckland [HORRAY]

A missing 1840 Giovanni Francesco Pressenda violin, believed stolen from a home in Pukekohe, Auckland on the evening of the 12th of August, 2018,...

Today is Violin Virtuoso Maxim Vengerov’s 44th Birthday! [ON THIS DAY]

Today is Russian-born violinist, violist and conductor Maxim Vengerov’s 44th birthday! A protégé of Professor Zakhar Bron, Maxim is a former 1st prize winner at the Karol Lipinski and Carl...

Violinist George Enescu Born On This Day in 1881 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Romanian violinist, composer and conductor George Enescu was born on this day in 1881. Remembered as one of the most influential violin pedagogues of the 20th Century,...

Today is Norwegian Violin Virtuoso Vilde Frang’s 32nd Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Norwegian violin virtuoso Vilde Frang’s 32nd birthday! A graduate of the Barratt Due Institute of Music, Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg and the...

VC ARTIST | Benjamin Beilman, 28 – Montreal International Violin Competition 1st Prize Winner

28-year-old American violinist Benjamin Beilman is quickly building an impressive international reputation for his eloquent music making​, distinctive sound and effortless virtuosity. A graduate of...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | Mayu Kishima – Shanghai Isaac Stern Violin Comp 1st Prize [2016]

1st prize winning performance by Japanese violinist Mayu Kishima – in the Final of the 2016 Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition - in Shanghai, China. The 12 Semi-Finalists...

Violinist & Composer Ole Bull Died On This Day in 1880 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Norwegian violinist and composer Ole Bull died on this day in 1880 – aged 70. Bull is remembered as one of the preeminent virtuosi of the 19th...

Today is British Violinist Daniel Hope’s 45th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is British violinist Daniel Hope’s 45th birthday! A student of Zakhar Bron, Daniel served for six seasons with The Beaux Arts Trio – and today performs and...

STOLEN VIOLIN ALERT | $500,000 1840 Pressenda Violin, Auckland, New Zealand [PLEASE SHARE]

An international stolen instrument alert has been issued for a 1840 Giovanni Francesco Pressenda violin - stolen from a home in Pukekohe, Auckland on...

VC INTERVIEW | Violinist Chee-Yun – ‘Career Turning Points and Critical Moments’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Southern Methodist University Artist-in-Residence, South Korean-born violinist Chee-Yun. We sat her down to discuss the turning points and...

VC GIVEAWAY | Enter to Win 1 of 5 Signed Renaud Capuçon ‘Bartók Violin Concertos’ CDs [ENTER]

To help celebrate the international release of French violin virtuoso Renaud Capuçon’s new album Bartók Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, The Violin Channel...

Signed Roman Simovic ‘Paganini 24 Caprices’ CD Winners Announced!

And the winners are in! The following 5 lucky VC members will each be receiving a fresh-off-the-press personally-autographed CD copy of London Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster...

Competitors Announced for 2018 Eurovision Young Classical Musicians Contest

The 18 competitors for the 2018 Eurovision Young Musicians Contest have this week been announced - in Edinburgh, Scotland. The candidates, each nominated to represent their...

Cleveland Orchestra to Investigate Leader William Preucil Over Sexual Assault Allegations

The Cleveland Orchestra’s Board of Trustees has today announced a special five-member committee has been formed to conduct a thorough and independent investigation into...

Composer Philip Glass to Receive Prestigious 2018 Kennedy Center Honor

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington DC, has this week announced the selection of five honorees to receive 2018 'Kennedy Center...

New Study Suggests Mozart Can Potentially Help Prevent Epileptic Seizures in Children

A new report, published this month in the European Seizure journal, has produced preliminary learnings to suggest that listening to Mozart's music may help...

OUT NOW | Van Baerle Trio’s New CD: ‘Beethoven: Complete Piano Trios Vol. 2’ [LISTEN]

Challenge Classics has announced the release of the Amsterdam-based piano trio Van Baerle Trio‘s new album: Beethoven Complete Piano Trios Vol. 2. Comprising pianist Hannes Minnaar, violinist Maria...

New York-Based Lark String Quartet Set to Disband After 34 Years

The New York-based Lark Quartet has this week announced they are set to disband at the end of the current 2018-19 season - after more than...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | VC Artist Nikki Chooi – 2013 Michael Hill Competition 1st Prize [VIDEO]

1st prize winning performance of the then 23 year old VC Artist Nikki Chooi in the Final of the 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, in...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Bartok’s ‘Concerto for Orchestra’ … In Full 360 Degrees [SCROLL]

Conductor Rafael Payare and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra ... streamed in full 360° degrees ....  Scroll left ... Scroll right ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=239&v=_axwqxJugP8

American Violinist Albert Spalding Born On This Day in 1888 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violin virtuoso Albert Spalding was born on this day in 1888. He served distinguished teaching positions at Boston University and Florida State University – and is remembered in history for having...

Violinist & Pedagogue Joseph Joachim Died On This Day in 1907 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian violin virtuoso and pedagogue Joseph Joachim died on this day in 1907.  He is remembered as one of the most significant violinists of the 19th Century. Joachim was the dedicatee of...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Violist Andrew Gonzalez – Bach Cello Suite No. 6 (Arr. Violoncello da Spalla)

American violist Andrew Gonzalez performing Bach's Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major - arranged for Violoncello da Spalla. Recorded live on the 11th of July –...

OUT NOW | The Auryn Quartet’s New CD: ‘Mozart: String Quartets’ [LISTEN]

Tacet Records has this month announced the release of the German-based Auryn Quartet‘s new album: Mozart: String Quartets. Recorded with violinists Matthias Lingenfelder and Jens Oppermann, violist Stewart Eaton and cellist Andreas...

Stolen 2010 August Mario Miralles Cello Found Undamaged in San Diego [HOORAY]

A missing 2010 August Mario Miralles cello, stolen from a hotel room in San Diego on Sunday the 8th of August, has been found...

Prizes Announced at Canada’s 2018 Orford Music Festival Competition

20-year-old American cellist Gabriel Martins has this week been awarded 1st prize at the 2018 Orford Music Award Competition - in Orford, Quebec, Canada. A student of Ralph Kirshbaum...

Conductor Georges Prêtre Born On This Day in 1924 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French orchestral and operatic conductor Georges Prêtre was born on this day in 1924. Throughout his seven decade career, he led many of the world’s finest...

Austrian Conductor Karl Böhm Died On This Day in 1981 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian conductor Karl Böhm died on this day in 1981 – aged 86. Remembered as one of the greatest symphonic and operatic conductors of all time, Maestro...

Romanian Conductor Sergiu Celibidache Died On This Day in 1996 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Romanian conductor Sergiu Celibidache died on this day in 1996 - aged 82. Maestro Celibidache is remembered as one of the pre-eminent conductors of the...

Violin Virtuoso Erick Friedman Born On This Day in 1939 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violinist Erick Friedman was born on this day in 1939. A student of Ivan Galamian, Nathan Milstein and Jascha Heifetz, he is remembered as one of the most gifted violinists...

Los Angeles Philharmonic Announce New Principal Violist

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has this week announced the appointment of Chinese-Canadian violist Teng Li as its new Principal Viola - effective immediately. A graduate of the Central Conservatory of...

BREAKING | Semi-Finalists Announced at Shanghai’s 2018 Isaac Stern International Violin Comp

The 12 Semi-Finalists have been announced at the 2018 Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition, in Shanghai, China – including VC Young Artist Nancy Zhou. The 2018...

Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra Announces New Concertmaster

The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States has today announced the appointment of 34-year-old American violinist Celeste Golden Boyer as its new Concertmaster. A graduate of...

Hungarian Conductor Gábor Káli Awarded Salzburg Festival Young Conductors’ Prize

35-year-old Hungarian conductor Gábor Káli has this week been awarded 1st prize at the 2018 Nestle and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Competition - in Salzburg, Austria. A graduate...

MANIC MONDAY | Sawing a Violin in Half Performance Art Piece … [WHAT]

Violinist Emily Ondracek-Peterson performing George Maciunas' 1962 Fluxus performance art piece ... Solo for Violin ... including the sawing and total mutilation of the instrument and bow. Recorded live...

VC Artists Notos Piano Quartet Signed to CLB Management in London

It has been announced this week that VC Artists Notos Quartett have signed with London's CLB Management for global general management - effective immediately. Comprising...

Pianist Jonathan Biss Appointed New Co-Artistic Director of Marlboro Music Festival

The Marlboro Music Festival, in Marlboro, Vermont, USA has this week announced the appointment of American piano virtuoso Jonathan Biss as its new Co-Artistic...

Applications Open for New Zealand’s 2019 Michael Hill International Violin Competition [APPLY]

Applications are now open for the 2019 Michael Hill International Violin Competition – to be held in Queenstown and Auckland, New Zealand - from the 31st...

French Composer Jules Massenet Died On This Day in 1912 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French composer Jules Massenet died on this day in 1912 – 106 years ago – aged 70. Massenet's signature works include operas Manon, Werther and Esclarmonde. His major contribution...

STOLEN CELLO ALERT | 2010 August Mario Miralles Cello – San Diego, California [PLEASE SHARE]

An international stolen instrument alert has been issued for a 2010 August Mario Miralles cello – stolen from a hotel room in San Diego, California on...

Applications Open for New York’s 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions

Applications are now open for the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions – to be held in New York City from the 10th of...

Czech Composer Leoš Janáček Died On This Day in 1928 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Czech composer Leoš Janáček died on this day in 1928 – aged 74. Janáček, Dvořák and Smetana are widely regarded as the three most influential Czech composers...

Today is American Violinist Alexander Kerr’s 48th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American violinist Alexander Kerr’s 48th birthday! A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, he currently serves as Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra – and holds...

American Composer John Cage Died On This Day in 1992 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American composer, music theorist, writer and artist John Cage died on this day in 1992 – aged 79. A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music and...

French Virtuoso Ginette Neveu Born On This Day in 1919 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French virtuoso violinist Ginette Neveu was born on this day in 1919 – 99 years ago. A student of Jules Boucherit, George Enescu and Carl Flesch, Ms Neveu achieved worldwide fame...

Legendary Czech Conductor Rafael Kubelik Died On This Day in 1996 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Czech conductor Rafael Kubelik died on this day in 1996 - aged 82. The son of Bohemian violin virtuoso Jan Kubelík, Maestro Kubelik served...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Young Artist Brannon Cho – Boccherini Cello Sonata in C Major [2018]

VC Young Artist, cellist Brannon Cho and pianist Victor Asuncion performing Boccherini's Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Major. Recorded live on the 31st of July,...

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VC ARTIST | Benjamin Beilman, 28 – Montreal International Violin Competition 1st Prize Winner

28-year-old American violinist Benjamin Beilman is quickly building an impressive international reputation for his eloquent music making​, distinctive sound and effortless virtuosity. A graduate of...

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