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SAD NEWS | Australian Cellist and Pedagogue Nelson Cooke Has Died – Aged 98

Respected Australian cellist and pedagogue Nelson Cooke has passed - aged 98. A student of Pablo Casals, Mr Cooke held principal positions with the London Symphony Orchestra and...

Hamburg Symphony Orchestra Announce New Chief Conductor

The Hamburg Symphony Orchestra has today announced the appointment of French conductor Sylvain Cambreling as their new Chief Conductor. "I'm really looking forward to my...

Quatuor Tchalik Awarded 1st Prize at Salzburg’s International Mozart String Quartet Comp

The Madrid-based Quatuor Tchalik has been awarded 1st prize at the 2018 International Mozart String Quartet Competition – in Salzburg, Austria. Students of Günter Pichler at the Escuela...

VC GIVEAWAY | Win 1 of 5 Signed VC Artist Augustin Hadelich ‘Paganini: 24 Caprices’ CDs [ENTER]

To help celebrate the international release of VC Artist Augustin Hadelich’s new album ‘Paganini: 24 Caprices’, The Violin Channel is this week giving away 5...

‘Debussy Sonates & Trios’ CD Winners Announced

And the winners are in! The following 5 lucky VC members will each be receiving a fresh-off-the-press newly-released CD copy of ‘Debussy Sonates & Trios’...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | Anne Akiko Meyers – Corigliano ‘Lullaby for Natalie’, World Premiere [2011]

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and pianist Reiko Uchida's 2011 world premiere performance of American composer John Corigliano's 'Lullaby for Natalie' for violin and piano. Anne will this weekend...

Violinist Louis Kaufman Died On This Day in 1994 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violinist Louis Kaufman died on this day in 1994 – aged 88. It is estimated he is possibly the most recorded musical artist in...

Composer and Music Publisher Franz Anton Hoffmeister Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer and music publisher Franz Anton Hoffmeister died on this day in 1812 – 205 years ago. Hoffmeister's major contributions to the string repertoire...

Montreal Mayor Poised to Remove ‘Order of Montreal’ Honor from Conductor Charles Dutoit

It has been reported today that Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante has requested process be commenced for the potential removal of the ‘Order of Montreal’...

Violinist Lisa Batiashvili Appointed Artistic Director of Germany’s Audi Summer Concerts

It has been announced this week that Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili has been appointed as the new Artistic Director of the Audi Summer Concert series...

New Study Finds Music is Vital for People Suffering From Dementia

A new report, published this month by the International Longevity Center, has found preliminary learnings to suggest that music can be a pain relieving...

Vietnam’s Saigon Philharmonic Announces New Chief Conductor

The Saigon Philharmonic Orchestra, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, has this week announced the appointment of Chinese violinist and conductor Fan Ting as their new Chief...

Teenage Girl Jailed for Pouring Acid into a Classmate’s Viola Case, Set to be Released Early

A teenage girl in Edinburgh, sentenced to 21 months jail time in August last year after pouring sulphuric acid into the viola case of a...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | VC Young Artist Sheku Kanneh-Mason – BBC ‘Young Musician of the Year’ [2016]

Impressive 1st-prize-winning performance of the then 17 year old British VC Young Artist Sheku Kanneh-Mason performing Shostakovich's 1st Cello Concerto - in the Final...

Original Version of Sibelius Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day in 1904 [ON-THIS-DAY]

The original version of Jean Sibelius' Violin Concerto in D Minor premiered on this day in 1904 – 114 years ago. The first performance...

Today is American Composer John Williams’ 86th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American composer, conductor and pianist John Williams’ 86th birthday. The recipient of 3 Emmy Awards, 5 Academy Awards and 21 Grammy Awards, he...

VC Artists Dover Quartet Announced as Kennedy Center’s New Quartet-in-Residence

VC Artists Dover Quartet have this week been announced as The Kennedy Center’s new three-year-term Quartet-In-Residence, in Washington DC. In their new role, the ensemble will...

Milwaukee-Based Fine Arts String Quartet Announce New Cello Replacement

The Milwaukee-based Fine Arts Quartet has today announced the appointment of German cellist Niklas Schmidt to their ensemble.  A former member of the Trio Fontenay, Niklas...

UK’s Bournemouth Symphony Launches New Professional Disabled Ensemble

The Bournemouth Symphony, in the UK, has this week become the first symphony orchestra in the world to have a professional ensemble led by...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Uto Ughi & Marco Grisanti – Tartini’s ‘Devil’s Trill’ Sonata [2014]

Never-before-uploaded live performance of Italian violin virtuoso Uto Ughi and pianist Marco Grisanti performing Tartini's 'Devil's Trill' Sonata. Recorded on February 14th, 2014 - at the Palazzo...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Erica Morini – Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major [1961]

Never-before-uploaded 1961 archival footage of Austrian-born violinist Erica Morini performing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major. Recorded with legendary conductor George Szell and the...

VC Young Artist Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s Debut Album Hits No. 1 on UK Charts

It has been announced this week that cellist, VC Young Artist Sheku Kanneh-Mason's debut album 'Inspiration' has hit No. 1 on the UK classical music...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | VC Young Artist Kerson Leong – ‘Bartok Duets’ … with Himself [TWINNING]

Canadian VC Young Artist Kerson Leong ... performing Bartok's 'Ruthenian Kolomeika for Two Violins' .... with .... himself ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1pWdqanQy8 VC YOUNG ARTIST KERSON LEONG (2X) |...

Today is VC Artist Ivan Karizna’s 26th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Belarusian cellist, VC Young Artist Ivan Karizna’s 26th birthday. A student of Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy, Ivan is a former major...

Barber Violin Concerto Op. 14 Premiered On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Samuel Barber Violin Concerto Op. 14 premiered on this day in 1941 – 77 years ago. The first performance was given by Albert Spalding with...

Finalists Announced at Salzburg’s International Mozart String Quartet Comp

The 3 string quartets progressing to the final round of the 2018 International Mozart String Quartet Competition have today been announced – in Salzburg,...

NEW MUSIC TUESDAY | Composer Thomas Adès – Newly-Premiered Ligeti Violin Concerto Cadenza [2018]

VC Artist Augustin Hadelich performing a newly-premiered original cadenza for György Ligeti's Violin Concerto - written by acclaimed British composer Thomas Adès. Recorded live on January 25th, 2018...

Finalists Announced for Poland’s Lutosławski International Cello Competition

The 4 finalists have today been announced at the 2018 Lutosławski International Cello Competition – in Warsaw, Poland. The 2018 Finalists are: Yibai Chen (South...

2nd Round Candidates Announced for Salzburg’s International Mozart String Quartet Comp

The 6 string quartets progressing to the 2nd round of the 2018 International Mozart String Quartet Competition have today been announced - in Salzburg, Austria. The...

VC WEB BLOG | Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers – ‘Preparing a Newly Commissioned Work’ [BLOG]

VC recently caught up with American violinist Anne Akiko Meyers - ahead of her upcoming world premiere performances on February 10th and 11th of Adam Schoenberg's...

Pinchas Zukerman et al to Replace Martha Argerich on Upcoming Itzhak Perlman Tour

It has been announced this week that veteran pianist Martha Argerich has withdrawn from her upcoming 5-city US recital tour with violinist Itzhak Perlman - citing family and...

Sydney Symphony Orchestra Announce 2018 Training Academy Fellows

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra has this week announced the 13 young musicians to take part in their 2018 Fellowship academy training program. Selected from over...

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