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NEW TO YOUTUBE | Esmé Quartet – 2017 Trondheim Chamber Music Comp, Joint 3rd Prize [VIDEO]

The Esmé Quartet's joint 3rd prize winning performance in the Final of the 2017 9th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, in Trondheim, Norway. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSLCXaA1egI&autohide=1 ESMÉ QUARTET |...

VC YOUNG ARTIST | Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, 20 – Brahms, Kreisler & Sibelius Comp Prize Winner

20 year old Armenian-Austrian violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian is quickly building an impressive reputation as a rising young virtuoso of enormous potential. A student of Professor Gerhard...

Conductor Andris Nelsons Signs Exclusive Deutsche Grammophon Recording Contract

German classical label, Deutsche Grammophon has today announced the signing of an exclusive recording contract with Latvian conductor, Andris Nelsons. Three initial landmark recording projects have...

Dr Leonidas Kavakos Awarded New England Conservatory Honorary Doctorate

It's been announced that 46 year old Greek violin virtuoso Leonidas Kavakos has this week been awarded a prestigious honorary Doctorate from the New England Conservatory, in...

Cleveland Orchestra Announces Extension to Welser-Möst’s Music Directorship

The Cleveland Orchestra has today announced the extension of Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Möst’s contract, as Music Director until 2022 “I am delighted that Franz will...

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...

VC WEB BLOG | Annette & Henning Müller-Zierach – ‘New Pirastro Perpetual Violin String Set’ [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Pirastro Co-Managing Directors, Annette and Henning Müller-Zierach - in Offenbach, Germany. We sat them down to learn more about the latest...

Competitors Announced for 2013 Gisborne International, in New Zealand

The 52 competitors for the 2013 Gisborne International Music Competition, in New Zealand have today been announced They are: Benjamin Adler (Violin), Victor Avila-Luvsangenden (Violin), Julian...

SAD NEWS | Experimental Contemporary Composer Alan Stout has Died – Aged 85

American modernist, experimental 12-tone composer, Professor Alan Stout has died - aged 85. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, University of Copenhagen and the University of...

Britain’s 2016 BBC ‘New Generation Artists’ Announced

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has today announced 6 new additions to the ‘BBC New Generation Artists’ roster – including cellist Andrei Ioniță, Norwegian violist...

VC MASTERCLASS | Conductor Benjamin Zander – Brahms Viola Sonata No. 1 Masterclass [LEARN]

English conductor Benjamin Zander works us through a student viola masterclass on the Brahms Viola Sonata No. 1 in F Minor. Recorded live on February 27th, 2016...

Solo Prizes Awarded at American String Teachers Association Competition

21 year old Belgian-Hungarian violinist Samuel Nebyu has been awarded 1st Prize in the Senior Violin Division and the $5000 Grand Prix Prize at...

Butler School of Music Cello Pedagogue Phyllis Young Has Died – Aged 92

American cellist Phyllis Young has passed away - aged 92. A graduate of the University of Texas Butler School of Music, Paris Conservatory and the...

MEET THE PROS | Violinist Ivry Gitlis – VC 20 Questions [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Israeli-born violinist, Ivry Gitlis – at the 2017 Cremona Mondomusica Exhibition, in Italy. We sat him down for...

Autographed Gil Shaham ‘Solo Bach’ CD Winners Announced!

The following 5 lucky VC members will each be receiving a fresh-off-the-press autographed copy of violin virtuoso Gil Shaham‘s new ‘JS Bach Sonatas and Partitas’...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Joshua Bell – Sarasate’s ‘Zigeunerweisen’, 2016 [VIDEO]

Violin virtuoso Joshua Bell performing Sarasate's 'Zigeunerweisen' - with conductor Joshua Weilerstein and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra. Recorded live in August 2016 at the...

Tarisio Auction House to Offer 5 x $3000 Innovative Young Artist Grants

Tarisio Fine Instruments & Bows Auction House has announced the launch of the Tarisio Trust Young Artist Grants programme – a new initiative offering...

SAD NEWS | American Conductor Vincent La Selva Has Died – Aged 88

American conductor Vincent La Selva has passed away from the effects of dementia - aged 88. He served a long time faculty position at The...

BREAKING | Joint 1st Prize Awarded at Harbin’s Schoenfeld International Violin Comp

HARBIN ― 23 year old Andi Zhang, from China and 24 year old Yun Tang, from China have been awarded Joint-1st prize at the 2016...

Polish Composer and Pianist Karol Szymanowski Died On This Day in 1937 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish composer and pianist Karol Szymanowski died on this day in 1937 – aged 66. Remembered as one of the eminent Polish composers of the...

VC INTERVIEW | Professor Bernard Lanskey, Artistic Committee Member – Singapore International Violin Competition

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Professor Bernard Lanskey, Director of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, in Singapore and Artistic Committee...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | Kenneth Renshaw – Menuhin Competition, 1st Prize [2012]

Archival footage of the then 18 year old American violinist Kenneth Renshaw‘s 1st prize winning performance – in the Senior Final of the 2012 Menuhin Competition,...

Prizes Awarded at Osaka International Chamber Music Competition

The New York-based Aizuri String Quartet has been awarded 1st prize at the 9th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, in Japan. The ensemble, comprising Juilliard...

VC Artists Francisco Fullana and the Calidore Quartet Awarded 2018 Avery Fisher Grants

The 2018 recipients of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Development Grants have today been announced, in New York City – including VC Artists Francisco Fullana and...

Toronto Symphony Unveil New Visual Guide for Concert Goers

The Toronto Symphony has today unveiled an innovative new classical music listening guide - utilizing symbols and morse code-like notation to aid live audiences in...

SAD NEWS | Talented Young American Violinist Killed in Horror Car Crash

23 year old American violinist, Brittany Musumeci has been killed, alongside her 24 year old sister, in a tragic car accident in Florida, USA. The sisters,...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Gabriel Martins – 2017 Sphinx Competition 3rd Prize [VIDEO]

18 year old American cellist Gabriel Martins‘s 3rd prize winning performance – in the Final of the 2017 Sphinx Competition. Recorded live on February 12, 2017...

Veteran ‘From the Top’ TV & Radio Host Christopher O’Riley Let Go

It has been announced this week that From the Top veteran radio and tv host Christopher O'Riley will not be returning to the role for...

OUT NOW | Violinist Vilde Frang’s ‘Homage’ to the Golden Age of String Playing [LISTEN]

Warner Classics has this week announced the release of Norwegian-born violinist Vilde Frang’s new album ‘Homage’. Recorded with acclaimed Argentinian pianist José Gallardo, the newly-released disc features...

Germany’s Bamberg Symphony Extends Chief Conductor Jakub Hrůša Through Until 2026

The Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, in Bamberg, Germany has this week announced the five year contract extension of Czech-born Chief Conductor Jakub Hrůša - through until the...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC ‘Artist’ Augustin Hadelich – Schumann Violin Sonata No. 1, 2015 [VIDEO]

VC ‘Artist’ Augustin Hadelich and pianist Charles Owen performing Schumann’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Minor Op. 105. Recorded live in concert on October...

Junior Finalists Announced at the David Oistrakh International Violin Competition

6 Junior Division finalists, including 13 year old VC 'Young Artist' from South Korea, have today been announced at the 2013 David Oistrakh International...

VC HIDDEN GEMS | Legendary Violinist Mischa Elman – ‘The Mellifluous Tone’

This week The Violin Channel explores the recordings of Russian-born American violin virtuoso Mischa Elman. A celebrated child prodigy of famed pedagogue Leopold Auer, Maestro...

Woman Arrested in Japan Over Allegedly Destroying $1 Million Violin Collection [VIDEO]

A woman has been arrested in Nagoya, Japan accused of allegedly violently trashing a collection of 54 violins and 70 string bows in 2014. The...

VC GIVEAWAY | Win 1 of 5 Signed VC Young Artist Sheku Kanneh-Mason ‘Inspiration’ CDs [ENTER]

To help celebrate the international release, The Violin Channel is this week giving away 5 fresh-off-the-press personally-autographed VC Young Artist Sheku Kanneh-Mason Inspiration CDs - courtesy...

Violinist Ivan Galamian Died On This Day in 1981 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Iranian-born Armenian violinist Ivan Galamian died on this day in 1981 – 36 years ago. A student of French pedagogue Lucien Capet, he is remembered as one...

Applications Open for 1st Goldstein International Violin Competition, Switzerland

Applications are now open for the inaugural 2015 Goldstein International Violin Competition, in Bern, Switzerland – to be held from the 22-31st January 2015. Launched...

VC Young Artist William Hagen Awarded Aspen Dorothy DeLay Fellowship

20 year old American violinist William Hagen has been announced as the recipient of the 2014 Dorothy DeLay Memorial Fellowship Awarded annually at the Aspen...

VC GIVEAWAY | Enter to Win 1 of 5 Personally Autographed ‘Schubert’ Chamber Music CDs

The help celebrate the international release of 'Schubert', featuring a selection of Schubert chamber works by violinist Lara St John, Berlin Philharmonic Principal Harpist...

VERY SAD NEWS | Memphis Symphony Assistant Principal Violist has Died Following a Car Accident

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra has today announced the sad passing of their Assistant Principal violist, Marshall Fine from serious injuries sustained in a car accident last week –...

VC YOUNG ARTIST | Timothy Ridout, 22 – Lionel Tertis International Viola Comp 1st Prize

22-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 Academy...

New Documentary to Argue ‘Bach’s Wife Composed His Most Famous Works’

A new documentary, to premiere in London next week by Australian academic Martin Jarvis, is set to make the bomb-shell claim that a number...

SAD NEWS | Veteran Juilliard Quartet Violinist Robert Mann Has Died – Aged 97 [RIP]

American violinist Robert Mann has passed away at his home in New York City - aged 97. Mr Mann was a founding member of the...

VC BUZZ | The Piano Guys – World’s Largest Christmas Nativity Scene [VIDEO]

Youtube viral sensations, The Piano Guys have this week released a new Christmas video – featuring what's believed to be the world's largest nativity...

3 Year Old, North West Kardashian Commences Violin Lessons

Kim Kardashian has this week revealed, via social media that her 3 year old daughter, North West has begun taking violin lessons. The 35-year-old reality-star...

Boston Symphony Extends Music Director Andris Nelsons’ Contract

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has today announced they will extend the contract of Latvian Music Director Andris Nelsons by an additional 3 years –...

VC MASTERCLASS | VC Young Artist Marc Bouchkov – ‘To Shoulder Rest or Not to Shoulder Rest?’ [LEARN]

Belgian VC Young Artist Marc Bouchkov discusses the age-old question: 'To shoulder rest or not to shoulder rest?'   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CKphKacS5Y&feature=youtu.be VC YOUNG ARTIST MARC BOUCHKOV | PLAYING WITHOUT...

Californian String Teacher Arrested For Allegedly Assaulting Young Student

A 32-year-old violin and viola teacher in Irvine, California has been arrested and charged this week with the suspicion of a felony sexual assault...

Baltimore Symphony Announce 3 New Violin Appointments

The Baltimore Symphony has today announced the appointment of 3 new section violinists  - Audrey Wright, Sunjoo Park and Holly Jenkins. A recent graduate of...

Taylor Swift Gifts Nashville Symphony Much Needed $100,000 Surprise

In an unexpected early Christmas surprise, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has reportedly made a  $100,000 USD donation to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. The generosity comes at...

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