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Soviet Violin Virtuoso Oleg Kagan Born On This Day in 1946 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Soviet violin virtuoso Oleg Kagan was born on this day in 1946. A student of Boris Kuznetsov and David Oistrakh, he is a former major...

Riccardo Chailly Announced as New Music Director of Lucerne Festival

The Lucerne Festival, in Switzerland has today announced Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly as their new Musical Director – succeeding Claudio Abbado, who passed away in...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC ‘Artist’ Nikita Boriso-Glebsky – Vieuxtemps Concerto No. 5 [VIDEO]

VC ‘Artist’ Nikita Boriso-Glebsky performing Henri Vieuxtemps’ Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Minor. Recorded live with conductor Clemens Schuldt and the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Ivry Gitlis – Sibelius Violin Concerto, 1955 [AUDIO]

Violin virtuoso Ivry Gitlis performing Sibelius Violin Concerto in D Minor  – with Jascha Horenstein and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Recorded live in Vienna on September 10, 1955. IVRY...

Soviet Composer Dmitry Kabalevsky Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Soviet composer Dmitry Kabalevsky was born on this day in 1904 – 113 years ago. Dying in 1987, he is remembered for his contribution to...

Today is Piano Virtuoso & Conductor Daniel Barenboim’s 75th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Argentine-Israeli piano virtuoso and conductor Daniel Barenboim’s 75th birthday. He is widely regarded as one of the foremost musicians of the 20th and...

Violinist Marc Bouchkov Awarded Rheingau Festival Career Grant

24 year old Belgian violinist Marc Bouchkov has today been announced as the recipient of the 2016 Rheingau Music Festival career development grant. A graduate...

MEET THE PROS | VC Young Artist Blake Pouliot – VC 20 Questions [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Canadian violinist, VC Young Artist Blake Pouliot. We sat him down for a fun game of VC 20...

Violinist Renaud Capuçon Announced as New Artistic Director of Swiss Festival

It has been announced today that French violinist Renaud Capuçon has been appointed as the new Artistic Director of the Sommets Musicaux de Gstadd Festival,...

MEET THE PROS | Cellist Frans Helmerson – VC 20 Questions [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with acclaimed Swedish cellist and cello pedagogue Mr Frans Helmerson. We sat him down for a fun game of VC 20...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | Glenn Dicterow – Tchaikovsky’s ‘Pas de Deux’ from ‘Swan Lake’ [1998]

Amazing 1998 archival New York Philharmonic footage of former Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow performing Pas de Deux from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake ballet score. Mr Dicterow this week celebrated...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | From the Top – ‘Stranger Things’ Theme & Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ [SPOOKY]

From the Top violinists, Henry Ayanna, Eleanor Markey and Hannah Ryu perform a Halloween-themed mashup - of the theme from the hit TV series...

VC WEB BLOG | Axel Strauss – ‘The Leipzig Bach Comp Comes Back to Me When I Play the Chaconne’ [BLOG]

With the 2018 Bach International Violin Competition currently entering its final stage in Leipzig, Germany, VC recently caught up with a number of former prize winners, to...

Baroque violinist Rachel Podger Awarded London’s Royal Academy Bach Prize

Eminent baroque violinist Rachel Podger has been announced as the 2015 recipient of the Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize. Awarded annually to an individual...

VC VOX POP | “Do You Ever Miss Something About How You Used To Play?” [Q&A]

“Do you ever miss something about how you used to play?” The Violin Channel recently caught up with 30+ of the world’s top string players to...

Candidates Announced for the 2016 Montreal International Violin Competition

The 24 candidates have today been announced for the 2016 Montreal International Violin Competition, to be held in Montreal, Canada from May 22nd to June...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Kyung Wha Chung – Franck Violin Sonata, July 2016 [VIDEO]

VERBIER, SWITZERLAND – Veteran Korean violinist Kyung Wha Chung performing Franck's Violin Sonata in A Major -  with collaborative pianist Kevin Kenner. Recorded live on July...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Guy Braunstein & Anna Gebert – Bach Double Violin Concerto [2018]

Israeli violinist Guy Braunstein and Finnish violinist Anna Gebert performing Bach's Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor – with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. Recorded live...

AUDITION | Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Australia – ‘Concertmaster’ Position

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra is currently accepting applications for the 'Concertmaster' position. Applications to be received by December 1st. For further details, visit: http://bit.ly/1sJW2Yj

Saint-Saëns’ ‘Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso’ Premiered On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Camille Saint-Saëns' celebrated violin showpiece 'Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso' premiered on this day in 1863 – 155 years ago. The first performance was given by...

VC STORE | 5 x Shop & Win ‘Ultimate Christmas Gift Pack’ Winners – Valued at Over $600 Each

And the winners are in!  The following 5 x extremely lucky The Violin Channel Store customers will each be receiving an 'Ultimate VC Christmas...

Violinist Joshua Bell Awarded Prestigious Chicago Institute ‘Dushkin’ Award

It has been announced today that American violinist, Joshua Bell has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Chicago Institute of Music ‘Dushkin' Award. Established more than...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Maria Włoszczowska – 2016 Wieniawski Comp 6th Prize [VIDEO]

25 year old Maria Włoszczowska‘s 6th prize winning performances – in the Final of the 2016 Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition, in Poznań, Poland. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDnFxr2rWMs&showinfo=0&autohide=1 MARIA WLOSZCZOWSKA | WIENIAWSKI...

BREAKING | Finalists Announced at England’s Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Comp

The 5 Finalists have just minutes ago been announced at the 2017 Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition – at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, in...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Uto Ughi, Beethoven Violin Concerto, 34 Years Old, 1978 [VIDEO]

Incredible never-before-released 1978 archival footage of the then 34 year old Italian virtuoso Uto Ughi, performing Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major – with...

Conductor Paavo Järvi to Take Up Music Directorship of Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra

The Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich has today announced the appointment of Estonian-born conductor Paavo Järvi as their new Chief Conductor and Music Director - effective...

OUT NOW | Violinist Isabelle Faust’s New CD: ‘Bach Violin & Harpsichord Sonatas’ [LISTEN]

Harmonia Mundi has this week announced the release of German violin virtuoso Isabelle Faust’s new album ‘Bach: Sonatas for Violin & Harpsichord’. Recorded with acclaimed South...

VC WEB BLOG | Tasmin Little – ‘Menuhin Comp : More Like a Summer Course than a Competition’ [BLOG]

With the 2016 Menuhin Competition opening rounds set to commence this coming Friday, VC recently caught up with a number of former prize winners...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | VC Young Artist Sirena Huang – Shanghai Isaac Stern Violin Comp [2016]

2016 3rd prize winning performance by VC Young Artist Sirena Huang – in the Final of the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition, in Shanghai,...

Music Mega-Store, Tower Records’ Founder Russell Solomon Has Passed Away

American businessman and entrepreneur Russell Solomon has died from a heart attack - aged 92. Mr Solomon founded the international music superstore Tower Records in...

VC VOX POP | “Do You Have Perfect Pitch? Were You Born With It?” [Q&A]

“Do you have perfect pitch, and if so, were you born with it ... or did you develop it?” The Violin Channel recently caught up...

English Violinist Albert Sammons was Born on This Day in 1886 [ON-THIS-DAY]

English violin virtuoso Albert Sammons was born on this day in 1886 – 132 years ago. Largely a self-taught violinist, he is remembered particularly for...

Rotterdam Philharmonic Announce New Principal Violist

The Rotterdam Philharmonic has today announced the appointment of Russian-born Israeli violist Roman Spitzer as their new Principal Violist. A graduate of the Rimsky-Korsakov Music...

D’Addario Kaplan Amo and Vivo Viola String Prize Pack Winners Announced

And the winners are in! The following 5 lucky VC members will each be receiving a D’Addario Kaplan Amo and Vivo viola string pack –...

English Composer Sir Edward Elgar Was Born On This Day in 1857 [ON-THIS-DAY]

English composer Sir Edward Elgar was born on this day in 1857 - 161 years ago. Dying in 1934, his signature works include The Enigma...

AUDITION | Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Norway – ‘Concertmaster’ Position

The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet is currently accepting applications for the ‘Concertmaster’ position. Applications to be received by February 19th, 2017. For further details, visit: http://bit.ly/2eO4g4o

VC GIVEAWAY | Enter to Win 1 of 5 Autographed Gil Shaham ‘Bach’ CDs

To help celebrate the international release of violin virtuoso Gil Shaham‘s new 'JS Bach Sonatas and Partitas' album, The Violin Channel is this week giving away...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Rising Star Yesong Sophie Lee, 13 – Wieniawski ‘Faust Fantasie’, 2017 [VIDEO]

13 year old VC Rising Star Yesong Sophie Lee performing Wieniawski's 'Fantasie Brillante on Themes from Faust, Op. 20' with collaborative pianist Hiro David. Recorded...

Prizes Awarded at Australia’s Kendall National Violin Competition

12-year-old Australian violinist Dindin Wang has been awarded 1st prize at the 2018 Kendall National Violin Competition – in Sydney, Australia. Regarded as one of Australia’s most important...

BREAKING | Prizes Awarded at Italy’s 2018 Valsesia Musica International Violin Comp

17 year old Simon Zhu from Germany has been awarded 1st prize at the 2018 Valsesia Musica International Violin Competition – in Varallo Sesia, Italy. A student of...

2 New Rank and File Violinists Announced for Vienna Philharmonic

Two new 2nd violin appointments have today been announced by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra – following audition rounds yesterday. They are 27 year old Adela Frasineanu,...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Cellist Christoph Croise – Shchedrin’s ‘In Style of Albeniz’, 2016 [VIDEO]

22 year old French cellist Christoph Croise performing Rodion Shchedrin's 'In Style of Albeniz' - with collaborative pianist Oxana Shevchenko. Recorded live on November 2016...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Frank Huang & Tao Lin – Strauss Violin Sonata [2018]

New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Frank Huang and pianist Tao Lin performing Strauss' Violin Sonata in E-Flat Major. Recorded live on the 16th of January, 2018...

Portugal’s Gulbenkian Orchestra Announce New Principal Guest Conductor

The Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, Portugal has today announced the appointment of Costa Rican-born conductor Giancarlo Guerrero as their new Principal Guest Conductor. Maestro Guerrero...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Zora String Quartet – Mendelssohn Quartet No.2, 2017 Bravo! Vail Festival [VIDEO]

Short excerpt of the Zora String Quartet performing Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor Op.13. Recorded live on July 6th, 2017 – at...

Beethoven Violin Concerto Premiered on This Day 209 Years Ago [VIDEO]

Beethoven Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 61 premiered on this day in 1806 – 209 years ago. The first performance was given by Austrian...

Today is Israeli-American Violin Virtuoso Itzhak Perlman’s 73rd Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Israeli-American violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman’s 73rd birthday! A protégé of Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay, Mr Perlman is widely regarded as one the greatest violinists of the...

Autopsy Finds Prized Russian Cellist Dmitry Volkov Died from Heart Birth Defect

The autopsy results of Russian cellist Dmitry Volkov, who was found unresponsive in his bed by friends in Baltimore on Saturday morning, has concluded...

VC Young Artist Yury Revich to Join London’s Keynote Artist Management Roster

It has been announce today that 25 year old VC Young Artist Yury Revich will join the roster of the London-based Keynote Artist Management. A...

OUT NOW | Boundary-Pushing Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja’s New Album: ‘Deux’ [LISTEN]

Alpha Classics has this week announced the release of experimental Moldovan-Austrian-Swiss violin virtuoso Patricia Kopatchinskaja’s new album ‘Deux’. Recorded with acclaimed Russian pianist Polina Leschenko,...

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VC YOUNG ARTIST | Risa Hokamura, 17 – Indianapolis Comp & Young Concert Artists Major Prizes

17-year-old Japanese violinist Risa Hokamura is quickly building an international reputation as a young virtuoso of outstanding potential. A student of Koichiro Harada, Mayuko Kamio and Machie Oguri at the...

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