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BREAKING | Stella Chen Awarded 1st Prize at Brussel’s Queen Elisabeth Competition

26-year old Stella Chen from the United States has just minutes ago been awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition...

BREAKING | Finalists Announced at Munich’s ARD International Cello Competition

The 3 Finalists have just minutes ago been announced at the 2019 ARD International Cello Competition – in Munich, Germany. The 2019 Finalists are: 26-year-old...

MEET THE PROS | Russian Violinist Alena Baeva – VC 20 Questions [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Russian violinist and 2016 Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition jury member, Alena Baeva. We sat her down for a fun...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | VC Artist Kian Soltani – 2013 Paulo International Cello Comp, 1st Prize [VIDEO]

Archival performance of the then 20 year old Persian-Austrian VC Artist Kian Soltani's 1st prize winning performance - in the Final of the 2013...

OUT NOW | Cellist Cécile Grüebler’s New CD: ‘Cello Works By Hindemith, Heiden & Skolnik’ [LISTEN]

Cybele Records has announced the release of Swiss cellist Cécile Grüebler's new CD: Hindemith, Heiden and Skolnik Works For Cello and Piano. Recorded with pianist...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Anne Akiko Meyers – World Premiere, Samuel Jones Violin Concerto [VIDEO]

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers performing the World Premiere performance of acclaimed American composer, Samuel Jones’ Violin Concerto. Recorded live for PBS television broadcast - with conductor Gerard...

Violinist James Ehnes to Join London’s Royal Academy of Music Faculty

London’s Royal Academy of Music has announced the appointment of violinist James Ehnes to the role of 'Visiting Professor of Violin' - effective from...

London’s Bonhams Auction House to Close Musical Instrument Department

It has been announced today that British auction house Bonhams is set to close their musical instrument department at the end of this current...

SAD NEWS | Slovenia’s Ljubljana Music Academy Dean Dejan Bravničar Has Died

Slovenian violinist and pedagogue Dejan Bravničar has passed away - aged 81. A graduate of the Ljubljana Music Academy, Moscow Conservatory and Accademia Nazionale di...

Theremin Virtuoso Clara Rockmore Died On This Day in 1998 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Lithuanian theremin virtuoso Clara Rockmore died on this day in 1998 – aged 87. A violin child prodigy, she studied with Hungarian pedagogue Leopold Auer, before...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | VC Artist Angelo Xiang Yu – Menuhin Competition, 1st Prize [2010]

Archival footage of the then 21-year-old VC Artist Angelo Xiang Yu’s 1st prize-winning performance in the final the 2010 Menuhin Competition, in Oslo, Norway. As the 2018...

VC WEB BLOG | Violist Victoria Chiang – ‘From College Graduate to Teaching Professor’ [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Peabody Institute of Music viola pedagogue, Victoria Chiang. In a VC-exclusive blog, Victoria discusses the steps she took...

MEET THE PROS | VC ‘Artist’ Benjamin Beilman – VC ’20 Questions’ [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with American VC ‘Artist’ Benjamin Beilman – in New York City. We sat the rising international star down for a game of...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Artist Fedor Rudin – Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 [2019]

VC Artist Fedor Rudin performing Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor - with conductor Anna Rakitina and the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. Recorded...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Ming Liu – 2016 Shanghai Violin Comp, 6th Prize [VIDEO]

Violinist Ming Liu, from China performing Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 and Ravel's 'Tzigane' – in the Final of the 2016 Shanghai Isaac Stern International...

Applications Open for London Symphony’s Donatella Flick Conducting Competition [APPLY]

Applications are now open for the 2021 London Symphony Orchestra Donatella Flick Conducting Competition – to be held in London from the 27th of February...

VC MASTERCLASS | Cellist Zvi Plesser – Bach Solo Cello Suite No. 2 [LEARN]

Respected cellist and pedagogue Zvi Plesser works us through the Prelude from Bach's Solo Cello Suite No.2 in D Minor. Recorded in 6 camera high-definition...

VC GIVEAWAY | Win 1 of 5 Signed Newly-Released Gautier Capuçon ‘Schumann’ CDs [ENTER]

To help celebrate the international release of superstar French cellist Gautier Capuçon’s new album Schumann, The Violin Channel in conjunction with Warner Classics &...

ASK THE PROS | Violist Atar Arad – “How Important is it for a Performer to be Versatile In Many Styles?” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Christian Li from the United States was keen to know: "How important is it that a performer today be versatile...

Prizes Awarded at Prague’s Oskar Nedbal International Viola Competition

MinGwan Kim from South Korea has been awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Oskar Nedbal International Viola Competition – in Prague, Czech Republic. A graduate of...

SAD NEWS | Experimental French Composer Pierre Henry Has Died

French electronic composer Pierre Henry has died - aged 89. A protege of Nadia Boulanger, Olivier Messiaen and Félix Passerone at the Paris Conservatoire, he will...

VC HIDDEN GEMS | Italian Violin Virtuoso, Salvatore Accardo

This week The Violin Channel explores the recordings of Italian violin virtuoso, Salvatore Accardo. Now 74 years old, Maestro Accardo is a former 1st prize winner...

British Viola Virtuoso Lionel Tertis Was Born On This Day in 1876 [ON-THIS-DAY]

British viola virtuoso Lionel Tertis was born on this day in 1876. Dying in 1975, he is remembered as one of the most eminent violists of...

Buchmann-Mehta Academy Cellist and Pedaogue Dudu Sela Has Passed Away

Israeli cellist and pedagogue Dudu Sela has passed away. A student of Uzi Wiezel and Leonard Rose, Mr Sela served as head of chamber music at...

MANIC MONDAY | 10 Year Old Violinist’s Original Violin Concerto [MUST-SEE]

Prodigious 10 year old British violinist and composer, Alma Deutsche performing her own original Violin Concerto in G Major. Recorded live in August 2015 - with...

Hungarian Conductor Fritz Reiner Died On This Day in 1963 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian conductor Fritz Reiner died on this day in 1963 – aged 74. Widely regarded as one of the finest conductors of the 20th Century, Maestro Reiner...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | German-Korean Violinist Christian Kim – ‘Bach, Chaconne’, Kaiserslautern Church

German-Korean violinist Christian Kim performing Bach's 'Chaconne', from the Solo Partita No. 2 in D Minor. Beautifully filmed and produced at the 14th Century Collegiate church in...

London’s Philharmonia Orchestra Announces New Joint Concertmaster

The Philharmonia Orchestra, in London, has this week announced the appointment of 31-year-old Dutch-American violinist Benjamin Marquise Gilmore as its new Joint Concertmaster -...

Prizes Awarded at the Poland’s Bacewicz International Violin Competition

20-year-old Martin Zayranov from Bulgaria has this week been awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Grazyna Bacewicz International Violin Competition - in Łódź, Poland. A...

VC BUZZ | Beyonce and Her ‘Single Ladies’ Put a Ring on Shostakovich 10 [VIDEO]

Who would have ever thought the choreography to Beyonce's 'Single Ladies (Put a Ring on it)' fits so seamlessly to Shostakovich's 10th Symphony? Well, heck...

VC WEB BLOG | Ariel Horowitz & Sebastian Zinca – ‘Seed for Peace: Bringing Music to Auschwitz’ [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Jewish-American violinist Ariel Horowitz and double bassist Sebastian Zinca to discuss their emotional upcoming performance project: 'Seed for...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Young Artist Timothy Chooi – Joseph Joachim Competition, 1st Prize [2018]

24-year-old VC Young Artist Timothy Chooi’s 1st prize winning performance in the Final of the 2018 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition.  Recorded live on the 26th...

The Menuhin Competition Unique Jury Scoring System – For Fairness and Integrity

2014 Menuhin Competition Artistic Director Gordon Back explains the competition's unique, simplified jury scoring system – implemented since 1983 to ensure maximum fairness and...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | Leonidas Kavakos, Sibelius Violin Concerto, 24 Years Old – 1990 [VIDEO]

1990 archival footage of the then 24 year old Leonidas Kavakos performing Sibelius Violin Concerto at the 125th Anniversary Concert of Jean Sibelius -...

Applications Open for Hannover International Violin Competition

Applications are now open for the 2015 Joesph Joachim International Violin Competition, to be held in Hannover, Germany from September 27th to October 10th,...

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...

Applications Open for Newport Music Festival’s Young Professional Artist Program

Applications are now open for the 2019 Newport Music Festival Young Professional Artist Program - a intensive summer program offering young musicians the opportunity...

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:...

VC LIVE | VC Artists Attacca Quartet – VC Takeover, Live from Bay Chamber Music Festival [LIVE]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with … wait, was recently taken over by … the VC Artists Attacca Quartet – for a Facebook Livestream with...

Australian Chamber Orchestra Acquire 1726 ‘Belgiorno’ Stradivarius Violin

The Australian Chamber Orchestra has this week announced the acquisition of the 1726 'Belgiorno' Stradivarius violin to the ensemble's instrument fund. The violin, purchased by...

VC GIVEAWAY | Enter to Win 1 of 5 D’Addario Kaplan Christmas Prize Packs

To help celebrate the international release, The Violin Channel in conjunction with D'Addario Orchestral, is this week giving away 5 D'Addario Kaplan Christmas prize packs –...

Yo-Yo Ma’s Daughter Requests Dad Not Play Cello at Her Wedding

It has been reported Yo-Yo Ma's daughter, Emily Hornor Ma, who was recently married in Massachusetts, USA specifically requested her father not play the...

Chetham’s Malcolm Layfield Faces Court on Student Rape Charge

The trial of former Royal Northern College of Music Head of String, Malcolm Layfield has commenced in a UK court – with the 63...

OUT NOW | New Thomastik-Infeld Versum Solo Cello G & C Strings [NEW]

Thomastik-Infeld has this month announced, at the 2018 Messe Frankfurt, the international launch of the new Thomastik-Infeld Versum Solo G & C cello strings. “After...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Santiago Canon-Valencia – 2017 Sphinx Competition 2nd Prize [VIDEO]

21 year old Colombian cellist Santiago Canon-Valencia‘s 2nd prize winning performance – in the Final of the 2017 Sphinx Competition. Recorded live on February 12, 2017...

VC GIVEAWAY | Win 1 of 5 Signed Composer Jonathan Leshnoff ‘Violins of Hope’ Packs [ENTER]

To help celebrate the international release of Jonathan Leshnoff’s new album Symphony No. 4 ‘Heichalos’ – featuring the Violins of Hope, The Violin Channel in conjunction with...

VC WEB BLOG | Violist Carol Rodland – “Welcome to the Golden Age of the Viola” [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with The Juilliard School viola and chamber music faculty member, violist Carol Rodland. In a VC-exclusive blog, Carol discusses how she...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | VC ‘Artist’ Charles Yang – ‘Stand By Me’ Violin/Vocal Encore! [VIDEO]

VC 'Artist' Charles Yang performing his own unique arrangement of Ben E. King's classic 'Stand by Me' for Violin and Vocals - as an...

WHERE ARE THEY NOW | Christian Tetzlaff, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto – June, 2013

We know the legends, we own the recordings, we’ve seen the historical footage – but what can we expect from a live concert experience...

VC LIVE | Nicola Benedetti & Wynton Marsalis – Live from New York’s WQXR [LIVE]

VC Facebook Live webcast with award-winning Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti and legendary American trumpeter, composer and Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director, Wynton Marsalis – direct from WQXR‘s Greene Space in...

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VC YOUNG ARTIST | Stella Chen – Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition 1st Prize Winner

27-year-old violinist Stella Chen is building an international reputation as an emerging young concert artist of outstanding potential. A graduate of Harvard University and the New England Conservatory,...

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