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VC LIVE | 2018 Primrose International Viola Competition – Los Angeles, United States [LIVESTREAM]

Exclusive VC Live webcast of the 2018 Primrose International Viola Competition -  Live from Los Angeles, United States   2018 Primrose International Viola Competition | FINAL...

VC WEB BLOG | Violist Masumi Per Rostad – ‘Inside the Viola’s Cornerstone Solo Repertoire’ [GUIDE]

With the 2018 Primrose International Viola Competition currently underway at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, VC recently caught up with Eastman School of...

VC WEB BLOG | Violist Antoine Tamestit – ‘The Primrose Competition Gave Me a Great Boost’ [BLOG]

With the 2018 Primrose International Viola Competition currently underway in Los Angeles, VC recently caught up with a number of former prize winners, to get a better...

VC INTERVIEW | Rockport Music Festival Artistic Director, Violinist Barry Shiffman

The Violin Channel recently caught up with the newly-appointed Rockport Chamber Music Festival Artistic Director, former long time St. Lawrence String Quartet violinist, Mr Barry Shiffman.  The Rockport...

VC YOUNG ARTIST | Kerson Leong, 21 – Junior Menuhin Competition 1st Prize Winner

21-year-old Canadian violinist Kerson Leong is building an international reputation as a rising young virtuoso of outstanding potential - praised for his commanding stage presence,...

SAD NEWS | German Conductor Enoch zu Guttenberg Has Died – Aged 71 [RIP]

German conductor Enoch zu Guttenberg has passed away following a brief illness – aged 71. He served as Principal Conductor of the Munich KlangVerwaltung ensemble -...

OUT NOW | Boston Baroque’s New CD: ‘Biber: The Mystery Sonatas’ [LISTEN]

Linn Records has announced the release of violinist Christina Day Martinson and the Boston Baroque ensemble's new album: Biber: The Mystery Sonatas.  Recorded with music director Martin Pearlman, the disc features the...

STOLEN VIOLIN ALERT | 1979 Franz Kinberg Violin – Zürich, Switzerland [PLEASE SHARE]

An international stolen instrument alert has been issued for a 1979 Franz Kinberg violin – stolen in Zürich, Switzerland on the 18th of April, 2018. The instrument...

OUT NOW | Violinist-Violist Peter Sheppard Skaerved’s New Album: ‘Henze: Violin & Viola Works’ [LISTEN]

Naxos Records has today announced the release of British violinist and violist Peter Sheppard Skaerved‘s new album: Henze: Violin & Viola Works. Recorded with pianist Roderick Chadwick, the disc...

OUT NOW | Benjamin Schmid’s New CD: ‘Korngold: Violin Concerto Op. 35’ [LISTEN]

Oehms Classics has today announced the re-release of Austrian-born violinist Benjamin Schmid’s 2004 album: Korngold: Violin Concerto Op. 35. Recorded with conductor Seiji Ozawa and Vienna Philharmonic live from...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | Cellist Jonathan Swensen – Lalo Cello Concerto, 14-Years-Old [2011]

2011 archival footage of the then 14-year-old Danish cellist, Jonathan Swensen performing Lalo’s Cello Concerto in D minor – with conductor Henrik Vagn Christensen and...

VC GIVEAWAY | Enter To Win 1 of 5 Signed VC Artist Kian Soltani ‘HOME’ CDs [ENTER]

To help celebrate the international release of VC Artist Kian Soltani's new debut album HOME, The Violin Channel in conjunction with Deutsche Grammophon is this week giving...

Signed Friedemann Eichhorn ‘Rode Violin Concertos’ 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 copy of German violinist Friedemann Eichhorn’s new album:...

Today is German Violin Virtuoso Julia Fischer’s 35th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is German violin virtuoso Julia Fischer's 35th birthday! A former 1st prize winner at the Menuhin Competition, Julia is widely regarded as one of today’s...

BREAKING | Finalists Announced at Los Angeles’ 2018 Primrose International Viola Competition

The 3 finalists have just minutes ago been announced at the 2018 15th Primrose International Viola Competition – at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. The...

BREAKING | Danish Cellist Jonathan Swensen Awarded 1st Prize at Armenia’s Khachaturian International Cello Comp

21-year-old Jonathan Swensen from Denmark has been awarded 1st prize at the 2018 14th Khachaturian International Cello Competition – in Yerevan, Armenia. A student of Professor...

OUT NOW | Minetti String Quartet’s New Album: ‘Mendelssohn and Schubert: String Quartets’ [LISTEN]

Hänssler Classics has this month announced the release of the Austrian-based Minetti Quartett‘s new album: Mendelssohn and Schubert: String Quartets. The disc features Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 6...

Applications Open for Japan’s 2019 Sendai International Violin Competition [APPLY]

Applications are now open for the 2019 7th Sendai International Violin Competition – to be held in Sendai, Japan from the 15th to the 30th of June,...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Young Artist Paul Huang & Alessio Bax – Respighi Violin Sonata [2017]

Taiwanese-American VC Artist Paul Huang and Italian pianist Alessio Bax performing Respighi's Violin Sonata in B Minor. Recorded live with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center –...

German Conductor Rudolf Kempe Was Born On This Day in 1910 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary German conductor Rudolf Kempe was born on this day in 1910 – 108 years ago. Dying in 1976, Maestro Kempe served principal conducting positions...

Today is German-Canadian Cellist Johannes Moser’s 39th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is German-Canadian cello virtuoso Johannes Moser’s 39th birthday! A student of respected cello pedagogue David Geringas, Johannes is a former 1st prize winner at the...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | David Garrett – 18 Years Old, Mendelssohn Concerto [1997]

Incredible 1997 archival footage of the then 18 year old David Garrett performing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor – with conductor Herbert Blomstedt and the NDR...

BREAKING | Semi-Finalists Announced at Los Angeles’ Primrose International Viola Competition

The 8 candidates progressing to the Semi-Final stage of the 2018 15th Primrose International Viola Competition have just minutes ago been announced – at...

Boston Lyric Opera Promotes New Concertmaster from Within

The Boston Lyric Opera has today announced the appointment of violinist Annie Rabbat as their new Concertmaster. A graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School...

OUT NOW | Cellist Martin Rummel’s New CD: ‘Merk: 20 Etudes For Solo Cello’ [LISTEN]

Paladino Music has this month announced the release of Austrian-born cellist Martin Rummel's new album: Merk: 20 Etudes For Solo Cello, Op. 11. The disc features...

VERY SAD NEWS | New York Violinist & Conductor David Bousso Has Died – Aged Just 34 [RIP]

New York-based violinist and conductor David Bousso has passed away – aged just 34. A graduate of the Mannes School of Music, David was the founder and...

Semi-Finalists Announced for United States’ 2018 Washington International String Competition

The 28 Semi-Finalists have today been announced for the 2018 Washington International String Competition – to be held in Washington D.C., United States from the...

Applications Open for Russia’s Inaugural Viktor Tretyakov International Violin Comp [APPLY]

Applications are now open for the inaugural 2018 Viktor Treyakov International Violin Competition - to be held in Krasnoyarsk, Russia from the 23rd of September to...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | American Cellist Warren Oja … and His New Stand Partner [CUTE]

American cellist Warren Oja performing Bach's 1st Cello Suite ... with the help of his new stand partner ... "This is what she gets for...

Injured Violinist David Garrett Hopeful of Return to Stage in September [VIDEO]

German violinist David Garrett has this week released a video to his fans, announcing he's on track to make a return to the concert stage...

Philharmonix Septet Signed to Opus 3 Artists For Global Management

It has been announced this week that multi-genre septet, Philharmonix, will join the roster of classical music management agency Opus 3 Artists Berlin -...

VC LIVE | VC Takeover – VC Artist Tessa Lark, Live from New York’s Central Park [LIVE]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with … wait, was recently taken over by … VC Artist Tessa Lark for a Facebook Livestream with their...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Victor Pikayzen – Kabalevsky Violin Concerto [1972]

Never-before-uploaded 1972 audio recording of Russian violinist Victor Pikayzen performing Kabalevsky Violin Concerto in C Major – with conductor Fuat Mansurov and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXneqaUKJfc VICTOR PIKAYZEN | KABALEVSKY...

Today is Japanese Violinist Mayuko Kamio’s 32nd Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Japanese virtuoso Mayuko Kamio’s 32nd birthday! A student of Dorothy DeLay and Zakhar Bron, Mayuko is a former 1st prize winner at the Tchaikovsky...

Composer Gyorgy Ligeti Died On This Day in 2006 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Romanian-born Austrian contemporary composer Gyorgy Ligeti died on this day in 2006 – aged 83. A composer who refused to play by the rules, his major...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Stephen Kim – Paganini International Violin Competition, 3rd Prize [2018]

22-year-old Stephen Kim‘s 3rd prize-winning performances – in the Final round of the 2018 Paganini International Violin Competition, in Genoa, Italy. Recorded live on the 13th and...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Young Artist Fedor Rudin – Paganini International Violin Competition, 2nd Prize [2018]

25-year-old VC Young Artist Fedor Rudin‘s 2nd prize-winning performances – in the Final round of the 2018 Paganini International Violin Competition, in Genoa, Italy. Recorded live on the...

Philadelphia’s 2018 Astral Artists National Audition Winners Announced

Astral Artists has today announced the four winners of its 2018 National Auditions - in Philadelphia, United States. This 2018 winners are: 26-year-old American violinist Hannah Tarley ...

Composer Richard Strauss Born On This Day in 1864 – 154 Years Ago [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer Richard Strauss was born on this day in 1864 - 154 years ago. Dying in 1949, his signature works include operas Der Rosenkavalier and Salome and orchestral masterworks...

Candidates Announced for Harbin’s 2018 Schoenfeld International String Competition

The opening-round violin, cello and chamber music candidates have been announced for the 2018 Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition – to be held in...

United States’ New Jersey Symphony Extends Conductor Xian Zhang Through 2024

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra has today announced the contract extension of Chinese-American Music Director Xian Zhang – until the conclusion of the 2023-2024 season. A graduate of...

Candidates Announced for Los Angeles’ 2018 Primrose International Viola Competition

The 24 opening live-round candidates have been announced for the 15th Primrose International Viola Competition – to be held at the Colburn School in...

MANIC MONDAY | The Melodica Men – ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ [AWESOME]

YouTube sensations Joe Buono and Tristan Clarke from The Melodica Men present Queens’ iconic, Bohemian Rhapsody… arranged for two mouth-blown melodicas …   https://youtu.be/-vqRuoctWnk JOE BUONO & TRISTAN CLARKE | MELODICA MEN | QUEENS...

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Announces New Assistant Conductor

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, in England, has announced the appointment of 31-year-old Spanish conductor Jaume Santonja Espinós as its new Assistant Conductor. A graduate of...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Young Artist Kevin Zhu – Paganini International Violin Competition, 1st Prize [2018]

17-year-old VC Young Artist Kevin Zhu‘s 1st prize-winning performances - in the Final round of the 2018 Paganini International Violin Competition, in Genoa, Italy. Recorded live on the...

OUT NOW | Violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing’s New CD: ‘Borgström & Shostakovich Violin Concertos’ [LISTEN]

BIS Records has announced the release of Norwegian violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing‘s new album: Borgström & Shostakovich: Violin Concertos. Recorded with conductor Olari Elts and the Vienna Symphony, the disc...

Deutsche Grammophon Announces Exclusive New Shanghai Symphony Recording Contract

Deutsche Grammophon has this week announced the signing of an exclusive new recording contract with Chinese conductor Long Yu and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. The contract...

VC DESERT ISLAND DOWNLOADS | Violinist Cho-Liang Lin – ‘5 Recordings I Can’t Live Without’ [LISTEN]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Taiwanese-American violinist, Mr Cho-Liang Lin – for a fun game of VC Desert Island Downloads. We sat him down to pick his...

United States’ Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Announces New College Dean

The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, in Ohio, United States has this week announced the appointment of Stanley E. Romanstein as its new college Dean - effective...

BREAKING | Finalists Announced at Armenia’s 2018 Khachaturian International Cello Competition

The 2018 finalists have just minutes ago been announced at the 14th Khachaturian International Cello Competition – in Yerevan, Armenia. The 2018 finalists are: Fedor Amosov...

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VC YOUNG ARTIST | Kerson Leong, 21 – Junior Menuhin Competition 1st Prize Winner

21-year-old Canadian violinist Kerson Leong is building an international reputation as a rising young virtuoso of outstanding potential - praised for his commanding stage presence,...

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