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Candidates Announced for 2018 Paganini Competition – Including 7 VC Young Artists

The 32 opening round candidates for the 2018 Paganini International Violin Competition, to be held in Genoa, Italy from the 4th to the 15th...

Cellist Zoe Keating Launches Financial Appeal to Assist Unwell Husband

Cellist Zoe Keating, who last week announced her husband Jeff has been diagnosed with Stage IV cancer, has launched an appeal for financial help...

VC WEB BLOG | Violist Garth Knox – ‘Viola Spaces – Viola Technique Books’ [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with British violist and technique book author, Mr Garth Knox. In a VC-exclusive blog, Garth discusses the inspiration behind his viola technique...

SAD NEWS | Russian Balalaika Virtuoso Mikhail Fedorovich Rozhkov Has Died – Aged 99 [RIP]

Soviet-Russian balalaika virtuoso Mikhail Fedorovich Rozhkov has died in Moscow – aged 99. A graduate of the M.P. Musorgskogo School of Music, Mr Rozhkov was widely...

Conductor Pierre Boulez to Receive Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award

It has been announced that French conductor and composer Pierre Boulez is set to be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 57th...

Masterclass.com Launches New Itzhak Perlman Violin Masterclass Series

Masterclass.com has this week announced the launch of a new 4-hour 19-lesson online violin masterclass series - hosted by legendary violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman. The...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Joseph Silverstein – Brahms Violin Concerto, Live, 2001 [VIDEO]

Never-before-released archival footage of the late American violinist and pedagogue, Joseph Silverstein performing Brahms' Violin Concerto. Recorded live in 2001 - with conductor, Max Hobart and the...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | Violinist Yossif Ivanov – Montreal Competition 1st Prize [2003]

2003 archival footage of the then 16-year-old Belgian violinist Yossif Ivanov's 1st prize winning performance in the Final of the Montreal International Violin Competition.  Today...

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter Awarded Sweden’s ‘Nobel Prize for Music’

Superstar German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter has this week been announced as 1 of 3 recipients of the prestigious 2019 Polar Music Prize - in...

Iceland Symphony Announces New Principal Guest Conductor

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra, in Reykjavík, Iceland, has this week announced the appointment of Icelandic conductor and composer Daníel Bjarnason as its new Principal...

Sergei Prokofiev’s Cello Concerto in E Minor Premiered On This Day in 1938 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Sergei Prokofiev’s Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 58 premiered on this day in 1938. The first performance was given by Alexander Melik-Pashayev with the...

Candidates Announced for Augsburg’s 2019 Leopold Mozart Violin Competition

The 26 opening round candidates have been announced for the 2019 Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition – to be held in Augsburg, Germany from...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Cellist Mischa Maisky – Bach Solo Cello Suite No. 6 [1991]

1991 archival performance of acclaimed cellist Mischa Maisky performing Bach’s Solo Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major. Recorded live on the 5th of July, 1991–...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC ‘Artist’ Benjamin Beilman – Schubert ‘Fantasy’ [VIDEO]

26 year old VC ‘Artist’ Benjamin Beilman with pianist Juho Pohjonen performing Schubert’s ‘Fantasy in C Major’ for Violin & Piano. Recorded live on March...

Prizes Awarded at Henri Marteau International Violin Competition

23 year old Lorenz Chen from Taiwan-Germany has been awarded 1st prize at the 2017 Henri Marteau International Violin Competition, in Hof, Germany. A student...

VC GIVEAWAY | Win 1 of 5 Signed VC Young Artist Ayana Tsuji ‘Live in Montreal’ CDs [ENTER]

To help celebrate the international release of Japanese VC Young Artist Ayana Tsuji’s debut album Live in Montreal, The Violin Channel in conjunction with...

Miriam Fried to Step Down from Indianapolis Jury Voting Over Student/Teacher Furor

It has been announced today that 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis juror, Miriam Fried will abstain from Final round competition voting 'to avoid any possibility of jury...

Dutch Violinist Emmy Verhey Has Announced Her Retirement

It has been announced that 65 year old Dutch violin virtuoso Emmy Verhey is set to retire from the concert stage at the conclusion...

Violinist & Composer George Enescu Died On This Day in 1955 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Romanian violinist, composer and conductor George Enescu died on this day in 1955 – aged 73. Remembered as one of the most influential violin pedagogues...

VC 2Cellos ‘Celloverse’ Signed CD Giveaway Winners Announced!

And the winners are in! The following lucky 5 VC members will each be receiving a personally autographed, newly-released copies of 2Cellos 'Celloverse' CD –...

VC MASTERCLASS | 2018 Menuhin Competition – Maxim Vengerov, Waxman ‘Carmen Fantasy’ [LEARN]

Recorded live at the 2018 Menuhin Competition, in Geneva, violin virtuoso and jury member Maxim Vengerov works us through Franz Waxman's 'Carmen Fantasy' –...

VC YOUNG ARTIST | Moné Hattori, 17 – Novosibirsk & Boris Goldstein International Competition 1st Prizes

17 year old VC Young Artist Moné Hattori, from Japan, is quickly building an international reputation as an exceptional young virtuoso of outstanding potential. A...

American Violinist Maud Powell Was Born On This Day in 1868 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violin virtuoso Maud Powell was born on this day in 1868. A student of Henry Schradieck, Charles Dancla and Joseph Joachim, she is remembered as one of...

Applications Open for Philadelphia’s 2018 Astral Artists National Auditions

Applications are now open for the Astral Artists National Auditions – to be held from May 29-31, 2018 in Philadelphia, United States. The 2018 winners will join...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Nathan Milstein – Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto [1963 ARCHIVES]

Never-before-uploaded 1963 archival performance of legendary Ukrainian-born American violin virtuoso Nathan Milstein performing Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto - with conductor Walter Hendl and the Chicago Symphony...

Nashville Symphony Announces Promotion of New Principal Cellist

The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, in Nashville, United States has this week announced the appointment of American cellist Kevin Bate as its new Principal Cello. A...

American Composer Ellen Reid Awarded 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Music

It has been announced this week that 36-year-old American composer Ellen Reid has been awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Music – for her...

Swiss Belenus Quartet Awarded 1st Prize at Schubert Chamber Music Competition

The Swiss-based Belenus Quartet have been awarded 1st prize, in the string quartet category of the 2015 International Franz Schubert and Modern Music Competition,...

AUDITION | Royal Opera House, Covent Garden – ‘Principal 2nd Violin’ Position

The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden is currently accepting applications for the ‘Principal 2nd Violin (No. 2)’ position. Applications to be received by September 28th, 2015....

SAD NEWS | Bolshoi Symphony Cellist Andrey Demin Has Died – Aged 68 [RIP]

Russian cellist and pedagogue Andrey Demin has died suddenly in Moscow - aged 68. A graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied with Natalia Shakhovskaya...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist, Alexander Kerr – ‘Should Performers Also Learn to Teach?’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Robert Ingridson, from the United States was keen to know: ‘Is it really important for all performers to learn to teach?’ We...

AUDITION | Milwaukee Symphony – ‘Assistant Principal Cello’ Position [APPLY]

The Milwaukee Symphony is currently accepting applications for the ‘Assistant Principal Cello’ position. Applications to be received by June 12th, 2017. For further details, visit:...

Leipzig Quartet Claim Court Evidence Presented Against Leader is ‘Bullsh*t’

The Leipzig String Quartet have today lashed out, via social media, at a Manhattan courts' claim that 1st violinist, Stefan Arzberger had a transsexual prostitute in...

Today is VC Young Artist Stephen Waarts’ 23rd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American-Dutch VC Young Artist Stephen Waarts' 23rd birthday! A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and current post-graduate student of Mihaela Martin at the Kronberg Academy,...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | VC Artist Augustin Hadelich – Indianapolis Violin Comp, 1st Prize [2006]

Incredible 2006 archival footage of Italian-born German violinist, VC Artist Augustin Hadelich performing Chopin's Nocturne in C Sharp Minor - with pianist Rohan de Silva. Recorded...

Violinist and Composer Gaetano Pugnani Died On This Day in 1798 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian violinist and composer Gaetano Pugnani died on this day in 1798. He is remembered in history, as violin virtuoso Fritz Kreisler borrowed his name...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | Emerson String Quartet – Mozart Quintet No.4, 1989 [VIDEO]

Incredible 1989 archival performance of Mozart's String Quintet No.4 - performed by the formidable Emerson String Quartet with guest violist Kim Kashkashian.  VC recently caught up with the...

Today is German-American Violinist David Garrett’s 38th Birthday [ON-THIS DAY]

Today is German-American violinist David Garrett’s 38th birthday! A protégé of Ida Haendel and Itzhak Perlman, David, at the age of 13, became the youngest artist in history to...

Violinist Nelli Shkolnikova Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-Jewish violinist Nelli Shkolnikova was born on this day in 1928 – 88 years ago. A student of Lillia Kossodo and Yuri Yankelevich, Ms Shkolnikova...

SAD NEWS | Acclaimed New York Composer Daniel Brewbaker has Died

New York-based pianist, composer and poet Dr Daniel Brewbaker has passed away from a brain tumor - aged 66. A graduate of the University of...

Ji-Won Song Awarded 1st Prize at Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition

23 year old Ji-Won Song, from South Korea has been awarded 1st prize at the 2016 9th Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition, in Augsburg,...

Orchestral Stagehand Sentenced Over Double Polish Philharmonic Murders

A Polish orchestral stagehand has today been sentenced to life imprisonment over the double murder of a Lower Silesia Philharmonic harpist and security guard, in March...

ASK THE PROS | Anne Akiko Meyers – “What are the Essential Stretching Exercises for String Players?” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Richard Chen, from the United States was keen to know: "What are the essential stretching exercises for string musicians?" We threw...

Austrian Composer Franz Schubert Died On This Day in 1828 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian composer Franz Schubert died on this day in 1828 – 190 years ago. Despite dying aged just 31, he was tremendously prolific - outputting 9...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Young Artist Francisco Fullana & Bandoneon Virtuoso JP Jofre [VIDEO]

Spanish VC Young Artist Francisco Fullana and Argentinian bandoneon player and composer JP (Juan Pablo) Jofre performing new works -  ‘Tangodromo’ and ‘Como el Agua’ for violin &...

London Mozart Players Chamber Orchestra Announces New Joint-Leader

British violinist Simon Blendis has today been announced as the new joint-Leader of the London Mozart Players. A former member of the acclaimed Schubert Ensemble,...

VC Artist Attacca Quartet ‘Caroline Shaw: Orange’ CD Winners Announced!

And the winners are in! The following 5 lucky VC members will each be receiving a newly-released fresh-off-the-press CD copy of the VC Artist Attacca Quartet’s...

Andre Rieu Concert Cancelled Due to Orchestra Member’s Heart Attack

It has been announced today that this evening’s 'Andre Rieu Live' concert at the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham, in the UK has been postponed -...

Hungarian Cellist Istvan Vardai Awarded Coveted 1st Prize at Germany’s ARD Competition

28 year old Hungarian cellist Istvan Vardai has been awarded 1st prize, in the Cello Division at the 2014 63rd ARD International Music Competition,...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Satu Vänskä – Locatelli Violin Concerto, Australian Chamber Orchestra [2017]

Australian Chamber Orchestra's Principal Violinist Satu Vänskä performing Italian baroque composer Pietro Locatelli's Harmonic Labyrinth Violin Concerto. Recorded live with the Australian Chamber Orchestra - during the 2017...

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VC ARTIST | Francisco Fullana – Munetsugu & Brahms Violin Competition 1st Prizes

29-year-old Spanish violinist Francisco Fullana is building an international reputation as a rising young virtuoso of outstanding potential. A graduate of The Juilliard School and...

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