Monday, April 22, 2019

Applications Open for 2015 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition

Applications are now open for the 2015 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition, in Belgium – to be held in Brussels from the 4th to...

Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas Marries Partner of 38 Years, Manager Joshua Robison

The San Francisco Gate is today reporting Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas has married his partner of 38 years, Joshua Robison in a private ceremony yesterday, in...

VC ‘Young Artists’ Augustin Hadelich & Itamar Zorman Nominated for $100,000 Warner Music Prize

16 candidates, including VC 'Young Artists' Augustin Hadelich and Itamar Zorman, have today been announced as nominees for the inaugural 2015 Warner Music Group...

Composer/Violist Brett Dean Announced as BBC Symphony’s ‘Artist in Association’

The BBC Symphony Orchestra has today announced the appointment of Australian composer and violist Brett Dean as their new 'Artist in Association' - for the...

VC BUZZ | What happens when an entire orchestra eats the world’s hottest chili?

In a video uploaded just Friday, each member of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra eats one of the world's hottest chili peppers before the...

Suzuki Association Refutes Mark O’Connor’s ‘Fraud’ Claims Against Founder

The International Suzuki Organisation has today released a statement in response to American violin fiddler Mark O'Connor's allegations that Shinichi Suzuki, the founder of the...

VC ‘Young Artist’ Nikki Chooi Signed to New York’s Dispeker Artists Management

It has been announced today that 25 year old VC 'Young Artist' Nikki Chooi, from Canada will join the artistic management roster of Dispeker...

MEET THE PROS | VC ‘Young Artist’ Josef Spacek, Czech Philharmonic Concertmaster – ‘VC 20 Questions’ [VIDEO]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Czech Philharmonic Concertmaster Josef Spacek, in Prague – as the orchestra was making their final preparations before embarking...

Detroit Symphony Announces New York Phil’s Wei Yu as New Principal Cellist

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has today announced the appointment of Chinese-born Wei Yu as their new Principal Cellist. The 34 year old, who has served...

VC GIVEAWAY | Win 1 of 10 Menuhin-Type Shield Violin/Viola Mutes – 10 Chances to Win!

To help celebrate the international release, The Violin Channel in conjunction with Alpine Mute Company is this week giving away 10 Menuhin-type 'Professional' violin/viola...

VC BUZZ | SouthWest Airlines Inflight Cello & Beat-Boxing Air Steward Duet

Southwest Airlines beat-boxing flight attendant, Maximilian with cellist, passenger Francisco Vila – performing Bach's 'Bouree' from the Solo Cello Suite No. 3. Filmed mid-flight, earlier...

Ji-Won Song from South Korea Awarded $50,000 Chinese International 1st Prize

21 year old Ji-Won Song, from South Korea has been awarded 1st prize at the China International Violin Competition, in Qingdao, China. 2nd prize was...

VC ‘Schubert’ Chamber Music CD Giveaway Winners Announced!

And the winners are in! The following 5 lucky VC members will each be receiving a personally autographed CD copy of 'Schubert' - featuring a...

23 Year Old Adrien Boisseau Announced as New Ébène Quartet Violist

The Paris-based Quatuor Ébène has today announced 23 year old French violist Adrien Boisseau as their newest member. A graduate of the L'cole Nationale de...

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...

Armida Quartet Awarded Ensemble Prize at Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival

The Berlin-based Armida Quartet have today been announced as the recipients of the €10,000 (US$13,000) 2014 'Young Elite Ensemble Prize' at the 2014 Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival,...

Violinist Mark O’Connor Claims Suzuki is ‘One of the Biggest Frauds in Music History’

American violinist fiddler Mark O'Connor has this week made a number of startling public allegations - including his belief that the founder of the  Suzuki...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC ‘Young Artist’ Nikki Chooi – Bruch Violin Concerto, St Petersburg State Orchestra

VC 'Young Artist' Nikki Chooi, from Canada performing the 2nd movement from Bruch's Violin Concerto in G Minor with the St Petersburg State Orchestra...

VC BUZZ | P*ssed Off Parrot Sinks Titanic [VIDEO]

Candid fly-on-the-wall footage, doing the viral rounds this week of a pet parrot attacking his violinist owner during a cage-by performance of Celine Dion's...

Finalists Announced at Chinese International Violin Competition – Including VC ‘Young Artist’ Fedor Rudin

The 6 finalists have today been announced at the 4th Chinese International Violin Competition, in Qingdao, China – including VC 'Young Artist Fedor Rudin. The...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | 2Cellos, ‘The Trooper Overture’ – Rossini & Iron Maiden Cover [VIDEO]

Released just this week, 2Cellos' latest video: 'The Trooper Overture' – featuring a rock club mash-up of Rossini's 'William Tell Overture' with rock legends...

BBC Scottish Symphony Chief Conductor Donald Runnicles to Become Conductor Emeritus

It has been announced today that BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Chief Conductor Donald Runnicles will step down at the conclusion of the 2015/16 season...

Prolific American Composer Stephen Paulus has Died – Aged 65

American composer Stephen Paulus has passed away from medical complications, following a stroke - aged just 65. During this 40 year output, Mr Paulus composed...

30 Year Old Michelle Merrill Announced as Detroit Symphony Assistant Conductor

Following a nationwide search, 30 year old American conductor Michelle Merrill has today been announced as the new Assistant Conductor of the Detroit Symphony...

Memphis Symphony Orchestra Musicians Agree to 38% Pay Cut to Aid Cash Crisis

The musicians of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra have today agreed to a 1 year 38% pay cut to aid the cash-strapped organisation balance its...

Frank Huang Announced as 2nd Trial Candidate for New York Phil Concertmaster

The New York Philharmonic has today announced 36 year old Chinese-born American violinist Frank Huang as the second candidate to be invited to officially...

Injured Hilary Hahn Cancels Further Concerts Due to On-Going Muscle Strain

Violin virtuoso Hilary Hahn has today announced the further cancellation of 3 additional upcoming scheduled performances – due to an ongoing ‘inflamed muscle’ injury. “I have made...

VC ‘Young Artist’ InMo Yang Awarded 1st Prize at New York’s Concert Artists Guild

19 year old VC 'Young Artist' InMo Yang, from South Korea has been awarded 1st prize at the 2014 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh...

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...

MEET THE PROS | Cho-Liang Lin, Juilliard School & Rice University – ‘VC 20 Questions’ [VIDEO]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with acclaimed violinist Cho-Liang Lin – jury member of the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. We sat the Taiwanese-born...

VC Joshua Bell ‘Bach’ Signed CD Giveaway Winners Announced!

And the winners are in! The following 5 lucky VC members will each be receiving a personally autographed copy of Joshua Bell's new album 'Bach'...

VC WEB BLOG | Paolo Alberghini, Alberghini Fine Violins, New York – ‘The Genius of Guarneri del Gesù’

On this the 270th anniversary of the death of revered Italian luthier Giuseppe Antonio Guarneri del Gesù, Paolo Alberghini from Paolo Alberghini Fine Violins, New...

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Awarded $400,000 Grant for Youth Programme

It has been announced today that the New York-based conductor-less Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has been awarded the $400,000 Andrew W Mellon Foundation grant -...

Emmanuel Villaume Announced as Prague Phil Music Director and Chief Conductor

The Prague Philharmonia has today announced the appointment of renowned French-born conductor Emmanuel Villaumeas as their new Music Director and Chief Conductor. "Emmanuel's appointment continues our...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Ray Chen Visits The Violin Studio, Brisbane Australia [VIDEO]

Interesting fly-on-the-wall short video, filmed by Musica Viva, of Australian violinist VC 'Young Artist' Ray Chen stopping by to visit stringed instrument maker Olaf Grawert at the The Violin Studio,...

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...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | Chinese Prodigy Chuanyun Li, 1991 Wienaiwski Competition – Aged 11 [VIDEO]

Legendary archival footage of the then 11 year old Chinese prodigy Chuanyun Li performing Bach's 3rd Solo Partita and Paganini's 16th Solo Caprice -...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | James Ehnes, Walton Violin Concerto, 2014 BBC Proms [VIDEO]

Canadian-born violin virtuoso James Ehnes performing Walton Violin Concerto - live from the 2014 BBC Proms Festival, in London. Recorded with the BBC National Orchestra...

Applications Open for 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition

Applications are now open for the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, in New Zealand – to be held in Queenstown and Auckland from...

35 Candidates Announced for 2015 Singapore Competition – Including 7 VC ‘Young Artists’

The 35 candidates for the 2015 1st Singapore International Violin Competition have today been announced - including 7 VC 'Young Artists'. The 35 competitors are: VC 'Young...

SAD NEWS | Swedish Cellist and Conductor Mats Rondin Has Died – Aged 54

Swedish cellist and conductor Mats Rondin has died from a sudden heart attack – aged 54. He performed extensively as a soloist throughout Sweden and...

VC INTERVIEW | Violin Virtuoso Joshua Bell – “I see myself as being an eternal student”

The Violin Channel recently caught up with American violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, at his home in Manhattan – where we discussed his upcoming HBO...

Ireland’s Ulster Orchestra Under ‘Severe Financial Pressure’

It has been reported today that one of Northern Ireland's leading artistic organisations, the Ulster Orchestra could face closure within weeks due to 'severe financial pressure'. It...

London’s Guildhall School Admits First Ever Rap Student into Music Programme

It has been announced today that London's Guildhall School of Music has enrolled its first ever rapping student – to study in the musical...

Luthier Andreas Haensel Sweeps Gold and Silver at Italian Violin Makers’ Awards

German string instrument maker Andreas Haensel has been awarded both the gold and silver medals, for 2 separate instruments, at the 5th International Association...

West Australian Opera Scraps Carmen Over Fears it Promotes Smoking

The West Australian Opera has today announced the controversial cancellation of their planned upcoming production of Bizet's 'Carmen' - over fears it promotes and...

New Jersey Symphony Music Director Jacques Lacombe to Stand Down

It has been announced today that New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Canadian-born conductor Jacques Lacombe will stand down from his post at the...

VC GIVEAWAY | Enter to Win 1 of 5 Personally Autographed Joshua Bell ‘Bach’ Cds

To help celebrate the international release of violin virtuoso Joshua Bell's new 'Bach' album, The Violin Channel in conjunction with Sony Classical is this week...

VC BUZZ | Air Canada, Musical Instrument Transportation Policy – Spoof LOLz [VIDEO]

In light of this week's social media furor surrounding Air Canada's controversial instrument transportation policy, Toronto's Opera Five have put together a little something...

Rome’s Teatro dell’ Opera to Slash 200 Musicians in Economic Cutback

In what has been described by the Italian Cultural Minister as a “painful but necessary step to save the Rome opera house and start...

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Russian-American violin virtuoso Igor Pikayzen is building an international reputation as one of today’s most exciting and gifted young concert soloists. A graduate of the...

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