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STOLEN VIOLIN ALERT | 2016 Karl Dennis Violin, New York [PLEASE SHARE]

A stolen violin alert has today been issued for a 2016 Karl Dennis violin - stolen from a New Jersey Transit train travelling from...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Haruma Sato – ARD International Cello Competition 1st Prize [2019]

21-year-old Japanese cellist Haruma Sato's 1st prize winning performance in the Final of the 2019 ARD International Cello Competition - in Munich, Germany. Recorded live...

Applications Closing for Florida’s Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition [APPLY]

Applications are this week closing for the 2020 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition – to be held at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton,...

Candidates Announced for Norway’s Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition

The opening round ensembles have been announced for the 2019 Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition – to be held in Trondheim, Norway from the 23rd...

SAD NEWS | American Composer Christopher Rouse Has Died – Aged 70 [RIP]

Acclaimed American composer and educator Christopher Rouse has passed away - aged 70. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and Cornell University, throughout his distinguished career,...

VC INTERVIEW | Elmar Oliveira – Founder & Artistic Director of the Elmar Oliveira Violin Competition

The Violin Channel recently caught up with violinist Elmar Oliveira, Founder & Artistic Director of the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition - set to...

MANIC MONDAY | Bruch Violin Concerto … The Ballet … [WHAT]

The American Ballet Theatre ... present Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 ... the Ballet ... Premiered in 1987, in Costa Mesa, California, performance features principal...

Violinist & Pedagogue Jacques Mazas Was Born On This Day in 1782 [ON THIS DAY]

French violinist, composer and pedagogue Jacques Mazas was born on this day in 1782. A student of Pierre Baillot, Mazas is remembered in history for his technique-building studies, etudes...

Violin Virtuoso Henryk Szeryng Was Born On This Day in 1918 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish-born Mexican violin virtuoso, diplomat, pedagogue and philanthropist Henryk Szeryng was born on this day in 1918. A student of Maurice Frenkel, Carl Flesch and...

VC DESERT ISLAND DOWNLOADS | Cellist Steven Isserlis – ‘5 Recordings I Can’t Live Without’

The Violin Channel recently caught up with British cellist Steven Isserlis – for a fun game of VC Desert Island Downloads. We sat him down...

Eminent Soviet Teacher Yuri Yankelevich Died on this Day in 1973 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Eminent Soviet teacher Yuri Yankelevich died on this day in 1973 - aged 64. A student of Leopold Auer, Maestro Yankelevich served a long term...

Violinist Isaac Stern Died On This Day in 2001 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish-born American violinist Isaac Stern died on this day in 2001 – aged 81. He is remembered as one of the finest violinists for the...

VC LIVE | Violinist Joshua Bell & The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra [LIVE]

Watch the 2019-2020 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 75th Season Opening Concert live on The Violin Channel – direct from Atlanta, United States.   ATLANTA SYMPHONY 75TH SEASON...

BREAKING | Simon Zhu Awarded 1st Prize at China’s Zhuhai Mozart Competition

18-year-old Simon Zhu from Germany has just minutes ago been awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians – in Zhuhai,...

Milwaukee Symphony Concertmaster Frank Almond To Step Down After 25 Years

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra has today announced the upcoming retirement of long-serving Concertmaster, Frank Almond - effective from the conclusion of the 2019-2020 season. A graduate...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | VC Young Artist Ziyu He – Zhuhai Mozart Competition 1st Prize [2015]

The then 16-year-old VC Young Artist Ziyu He's 1st prize winning performance - in the Final of the 13 to 16 Year Old age...

Tchaikovsky’s ‘Valse-Scherzo’ Premiered On This Day in 1878 [ON THIS DAY]

Tchaikovsky's violin showpiece, Valse-Scherzo Op. 34 premiered on this day in 1878 – 140 years ago. The first performance was given by Polish violin virtuoso, Stanislaw Barcewicz. The Valse-Scherzo is...

Canadian Violin Virtuoso Kathleen Parlow Was Born On This Day in 1890 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Canadian violin virtuoso Kathleen Parlow was born on this day in 1890. Ms Parlow is remembered as one of the eminent female soloists of the...

Spanish Violinist & Composer Pablo de Sarasate Died On This Day in 1908 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Spanish violinist and composer Pablo de Sarasate died on this day in 1908, from chronic bronchitis - aged 64. Remembered as one of the eminent...

BREAKING | Prizes Awarded at China’s Zhuhai Mozart Junior & Intermediate Violin Comps

12-year-old Jinan Woo from South Korea has today been awarded 1st prize in the 12 Years and Under Category at the 2019 Zhuhai International...

Hilary Hahn To Donate €25,000 to Philadelphia’s Project 440 Music Education Program

It has been announced this week that American violinist Hilary Hahn will donate her €25,000 Glashütte Original Prize, awarded to her at the 2014...

Two Composers To Share Korea’s 2019 Isang Yun Composition Prize

The Isang Yun Peace Foundation, in Seoul, has this week announced Swiss composer Heinz Holliger and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho as joint-recipients of the 2019 Isang...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Violinist Lisa Batiashvili – Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto [2018]

Violinist Lisa Batiashvili performing Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto - with conductor Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Recorded live on the 21st August, 2018 -...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | VC Rising Star María Dueñas – Zhuhai Mozart Competition 1st Prize [2017]

The then 14-year-old VC Rising Star María Dueñas’ 1st prize winning performance in the 13 to 16 Year Old age category of the 2017...

German Conductor Kurt Sanderling Was Born On This Day in 1912 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German conductor Kurt Sanderling was born on this day in 1912. Dying in 2011, Maestro Sanderling served principal conducting positions with the Moscow Radio...

Today is Korean VC Young Artist SooBeen Lee’s 19th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Korean violin virtuoso VC Young Artist SooBeen Lee’s 19th birthday. Praised for her eloquent music making, maturity and effortless virtuosity, SooBeen is a former...

St. Louis Symphony Announces 6 New Members To Its String Section

The St. Louis Symphony, in St. Louis, Missouri, United States has this week announced the appointment of 6 new string players to the ensemble's...

SAD NEWS | Wilmington Violinist Sally Barto Moore Has Died – Aged 95 [RIP]

American violinist Sara 'Sally' Barto Moore has passed away – aged 95. A graduate of Goucher College, Ms Barto Moore performed as a long term...

Violinist & Conductor Jaime Laredo to Step Down From Vermont Symphony

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra, in Burlington, Vermont, United States has this week announced violinist and conductor Jaime Laredo will step down as Music Director of the...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Classical Bae, Ezinma – Paganini 24th Caprice [YAAAS]

Multi-genre classical bae, Ezinma (eh-zee-mah) performing Paganini's 24th Caprice ... "I've not been able to practice much with New York Fashion Week ... Paganini 24...

Italian Luthier Giovanni Battista Guadagnini Died On This Day in 1786 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian luthier Giovanni Battista Guadagnini died on this day in 1786. Guadagnini is widely regarded as one of the finest string instrument craftsmen of all...

Los Angeles Phil Chief Executive Steps Down – Effective Immediately

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has this week announced the resignation of Chief Executive, Simon Woods - effective immediately. He had lead the organization since January,...

Mexico’s National Chamber Orchestra Announces New Principal Conductor

The National Chamber Orchestra of Mexico, in Mexico City, has this week announced the appointment of Mexican conductor Ludwig Carrasco as its new Principal...

No 1st Prize Awarded at Italy’s Lipizer International Violin Competition

23-year-old Issei Kurihara from Japan has this week been awarded 2nd prize at the 2019 Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition – in Gorizia, Italy. No...

NEW MUSIC TUESDAY | Composer Philip Glass – ‘King Lear Overture’ [WORLD PREMIERE]

The New York Philharmonic today rehearsing in advance of the world premiere performance of eminent American composer Philip Glass’ newly-commissioned ‘King Lear Overture'. Commissioned by...

OUT NOW | Violinist Sarah Saviet’s New CD: ‘Speak, Be Silent’ [LISTEN]

Huddersfield Contemporary Records has announced the release of American violinist Sarah Saviet's new album: 'Speak, be Silent'. Recorded with musicians from the London-based Riot Ensemble,...

VC INSIGHT | Baroque Violinist Amandine Beyer – ‘Pros Cons of Gut Violin Strings’ [BLOG]

In a VC-exclusive guest blog, celebrated French baroque violinist Amandine Beyer shares her thoughts on the pros and cons of performing on gut violin...

French Violinist Zino Francescatti Died On This Day in 1991 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French violinist Rene-Charles 'Zino' Francescatti died on this day in 1991 – aged 89. Maestro Francescatti is remembered as one of the finest violin virtuosi...

Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain Renews Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s Contract For Life

The Orchestre Métropolitain, in Montreal, Canada, has this week announced the life-long contract renewal of its Principal Conductor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin. "This is a special day...

New York Philharmonic Announces Three New Section Violinists

The New York Philharmonic has this week announced the appointment of violinists Dasol Jeong, Andi Zhang and Kyung Ji Min to the ensemble’s violin section. A...

Anne-Sophie Mutter Awarded $138,000 Japanese ‘Praemium Imperiale’ Award

The Japan Art Association has today announced the recipients of the annual Praemium Imperiale Awards – including German violin virtuoso Anne-Sophie Mutter. Awarded in fields...

VC YOUNG ARTIST | Anna Lee – Sion-Valais, Menuhin and Indianapolis Comp Prizes

24-year-old Korean-American violinist Anna Lee is establishing an international reputation a rising young virtuoso of outstanding potential. A graduate of the Kronberg Academy and Juilliard...

Violinist Chloë Hanslip Appointed As London’s Royal Academy Visiting Professor

The Royal Academy of Music, in London, has this week announced the appointment of British violinist Chloë Hanslip as a Visiting Professor. The 31-year-old former...

VC GIVEAWAY | Win 1 of 5 Signed New Johannes Moser ‘Mendelssohn’ CDs [ENTER]

To help celebrate the international release of the German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser‘s new album: ‘Felix & Fanny Mendelssohn‘, The Violin Channel, in conjunction with Pentatone,...

American-Born Greek Soprano Maria Callas Died On This Day in 1977 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American-born Greek soprano Maria Callas died on this day in 1977. She is remembered as one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of...

MANIC MONDAY | Meet … The New Lego Droid Orchestra [WHAT]

London-based musician and inventor Look Mum No Computer's latest invention ... The Lego Droid Orchestra .... "95 Lego Stars War droids ... 3148 hours of...

VC INTERVIEW | Simon Wiener – 2019 Brahms Violin Competition 1st Prize Winner

The Violin Channel recently caught up 2019 Johannes Brahms International Violin Brahms Competition 1st prize winner, 25-year-old Simon Wiener from Switzerland. A student of Ilya Gringolts at...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Jascha Heifetz – Beethoven Violin Concerto [1959 ARCHIVAL]

Never-before-uploaded 1959 archival audio recording of legendary violin virtuoso Jascha Heifetz performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major – with conductor Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PNe2LcIb6I JASCHA HEIFETZ |...

Toronto Symphony Announces New Associate Concertmaster

The Toronto Symphony, in Canada, has this week announced the appointment of 23-year-old Chinese violinist Zeyu Victor Li as its new Associate Concertmaster -...

BREAKING | Finalists Announced at Zhuhai International Mozart Violin Competition

The violin category finalists have just minutes ago been announced at the 2019 Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians – in Zhuhai, China. Presented...

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VC YOUNG ARTIST | Timothy Ridout, 24 – Tertis & Aronowitz International Viola Comp 1st Prizes

24-year-old British violist, Timothy Ridout is quickly building an international reputation as one of the new generation's most outstanding young string virtuosi. A graduate of London’s Royal...

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