Wednesday, February 20, 2019

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Violinist Henning Kraggerud – ‘Winter’ from Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ [2017]

Norwegian violin virtuoso Henning Kraggerud leading the students of the Royal Northern College of Music, in Manchester, England, in a performance of 'Winter' from...

OUT NOW | Violinist Sean Lee & Pianist Peter Dugan’s New ‘Great Melodies’ CD: ‘Songbook’ [LISTEN]

American violinist Sean Lee and pianist Peter Dugan have today announced the release of their new independent album: ‘Songbook’. The new disc, an 'ode to great...

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...

German Conductor Gunter Wand Born On This Day in 1912 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German conductor Gunter Wand was born on this day in 1912 – 107 years ago. Dying in 2002, Maestro Wand is remembered as one of...

AUDITION | Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Sweden – ‘1st Concertmaster’ Position [APPLY]

The Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, in Norrköping, Sweden is currently accepting applications for the ‘1st Concertmaster’ position. Applications to be received by September 2nd, 2018. For further details,...

VERY SAD NEWS | Danish Composer Søren Hyldgaard Has Died – Aged Just 55 [RIP]

Acclaimed Danish film score and 'new age' music composer Søren Hyldgaard has passed away, as a result from the complications of diabetes - aged just...

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...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Artist Francisco Fullana – Isang Yun’s ‘Königliches Thema’ [2018]

VC Artist Francisco Fullana performing Isang Yun's Königliches Thema (King's Theme) for solo violin - as featured on his newly-released debut album, Through the Lens of Time.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRElvwWqE44 VC...

VC WEB BLOG | Violinist Nurie Chung – ‘Little Piccolo Comp: Profound Starting Point For Me’ [BLOG]

With the 2018 il Piccolo Violino Magico International Competition currently entering its final stages in San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy, VC recently caught up with a number of...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | Violist David Aaron Carpenter – Elgar Cello Concerto (Arr. Solo Viola) [2008]

2008 archival performance of American violist David Aaron Carpenter performing the Elgar Cello Concerto (Arr. for Solo Viola) - with conductor Christoph Eschenbach and the Philharmonia...

OUT NOW | Elias String Quartet’s New Album: ‘Schumann Quartets Nos. 2 & 3’ [LISTEN]

Alpha Classics has this week announced the release of the Elias String Quartet’s new album ‘Schumann’ - featuring Robert Schumann’s 2nd and 3rd String Quartets. “We’ve...

OUT NOW | Engegård Quartet’s New Album: ‘Schumann: The String Quartets’ [LISTEN]

BIS Records has announced the release of the Engegård Quartet's new album: Schumann: The String Quartets. The new disc features Schumann's Quartet No. 1 in A Minor,...

SAD NEWS | Longtime Munich Chamber Orchestra Conductor Hans Stadlmair Has Died – Aged 89 [RIP]

Austrian conductor and composer Hans Stadlmair has passed away - aged 89. A graduate of the Vienna Academy of Music and the Stuttgart University of...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Cellist Ida Riegels – Unique ‘Horse Riding School Concert’ [NEIGH]

Danish cellist Ida Riegels performing this month ... at a very unique concert hosted by the Swiss Eschbach Horsemanship Riding School ... Ida is currently...

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...

SAD NEWS | Missouri Symphony Society Founder Hugo Vianello has Died – Aged 92 [RIP]

American conductor and violist Hugo Vianello has passed away – aged 92. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and former violist with the New York...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Artist Nikki Chooi – Beethoven Sonata No.3 in E-Flat Major [2017]

Canadian violinist, VC Artist Nikki Chooi and pianist Seejoon Park performing Beethoven's Sonata No.3 in E-flat Major. Recorded on October 22, 2017 at the American Philosophical Society, in...

Baltimore Symphony Extends Principal Guest Conductor Markus Stenz Through to 2019

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has today announced the contract extension of Principal Guest Conductor Markus Stenz – through to the end of the 2018/2019 season. “Markus Stenz is an...

Violinist Lisa Batiashvili Appointed Artistic Director of Germany’s Audi Summer Concerts

It has been announced this week that Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili has been appointed as the new Artistic Director of the Audi Summer Concert series...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Young Artist In Mo Yang – Bernstein ‘Serenade’ [2018]

22-year-old Korean violin virtuoso, VC Young Artist In Mo Yang performing Leonard Bernstein's Serenade for Violin and Orchestra - with conductor Hugo Wolff and the NEC Philharmonia. Recorded...

Tokyo’s Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Announces Next Principal Conductor

The Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, Japan, has today announced the appointment of 57-year-old German conductor Sebastian Weigle as its new principal conductor - effective...

SAD NEWS | Maine Opera Conductor Andrew McMullan Has Died – Aged 95

American conductor and french hornist Andrew J. McMullan Jr has passed away - aged 95. Maestro McMullan performed for 21 years as a member of the...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Melos Quartet – Brahms’ String Quartet No. 2 [1992]

Never-before-uploaded 1992 live performance by the German-based Melos Quartet - performing Brahms' String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor. Formed in 1965, with violinists Wilhelm Melcher, Gerhard Voss,...

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...

SAD NEWS | British Violinist and Pianist Bob Simians Has Passed Away

British violinist and pianist Bob Simians has died. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Robert Masters and Beatrix Marr,...

Polish Violin Virtuoso Karol Lipiński Died On This Day in 1861 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish violinist Karol Lipiński died on this day in 1861 – aged 71. One of the celebrated virtuosi of the 19th Century, he is the...

Spain’s Tenerife Symphony Orchestra Announces New Principal Conductor

The Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, has today announced the appointment of 34-year-old Spanish conductor Antonio Méndez as its new...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | VC Young Artist Timothy Chooi – Menuhin Competition [2014]

Archival performance of the then 20 year old VC Young Artist Timothy Chooi - performing Ravel's 'Tzigane' in the Semi-Final of the 2014 Menuhin...

Applications Closing Feb 28th for 2018 Indianapolis International Violin Comp [APPLY]

Applications are set to close on the 28th of February for the 10th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis – to be held in Indianapolis, United...

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Announces New Principal Guest Conductor

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, in England, has announced the appointment of English conductor Andrew Manze as its new Principal Guest Conductor – effective from September of...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Young Artist InMo Yang – Sarasate ‘Carmen Fantasy’ [2017]

22 year old South Korean VC Young Artist InMo Yang performing Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy - with conductor Kisun Sung and the Gangnam Symphony Orchestra. Recorded...

Scottish Chamber Orchestra Announces New 29-Year-Old Principal Conductor

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, in Edinburgh, Scotland has this week announced the appointment of 29-year-old Russian conductor and pianist Maxim Emelyanychev as its new Principal Conductor –...

2nd Round Candidates Announced at Armenia’s 2018 Khachaturian International Cello Competition

The 7 candidates progressing to the 2nd round of the 2018 14th Khachaturian International Cello Competition have been announced – in Yerevan, Armenia. The 2018...

OUT NOW | Trio Goya’s New CD: ‘Beethoven Piano Trios Nos. 1-3’ [LISTEN]

Chandos Records has today announced the release of the London-based piano trio, Trio Goya’s new album: Beethoven Piano Trios Nos. 1-3. The disc features Ludvig Van Beethoven's Piano Trios...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Jean-Guihen Queyras – Haydn Cello Concerto in C Major [2017]

French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras performing Haydn's Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major - with conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Recorded live on...

New York-Based Luthier René A. Morel Died On This Day in 2011 [ON-THIS-DAY]

New York-based luthier René A. Morel died on this day in 2011, following an ongoing battle with cancer – aged 79. Highly respected by leading international string...

2018 Finalists Announced at UK’s BBC ‘Young Musician of the Year’ Awards

The 3 Finalists have been announced at the 2018 BBC ‘Young Musician of the Year’ Awards, in Birmingham, United Kingdom. The 2018 Finalists are: Maxim...

Today is German Violinist Friedemann Eichhorn’s 47th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is German violinist Dr Friedemann Eichhorn’s 47th birthday! A graduate of the Mannheim University of Music, Menuhin Music Academy, The Juilliard School and the Johannes...

SAD NEWS | Pittsburgh Symphony Veteran Violinist Lucio Rossetti Has Died – Aged 106 [RIP]

Italian-born American violinist Lucio Rossetti has passed away - aged 106. A graduate of the Boccherini Conservatory, he served as a section member with the...

VC WEB BLOG | Composer Christopher Cerrone – Recently Premiered ‘Breaks and Breaks’ Violin Concerto [BLOG]

VC recently caught up with acclaimed American composer Christopher Cerrone following the successful world premiere performance of his new violin concerto 'Breaks and Breaks' – with violin...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Olivier Charlier – Beethoven Violin Concerto [1997]

Never-before-uploaded performance of French violinist Olivier Charlier performing Beethoven Violin Concerto - with conductor Amaury du Slosel and the Atelier Lyrique et Symphonique du...

SAD NEWS | German Conductor Enoch zu Guttenberg Has Died – Aged 71 [RIP]

German conductor Enoch zu Guttenberg has passed away following a brief illness – aged 71. He served as Principal Conductor of the Munich KlangVerwaltung ensemble -...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Rising Star SooBeen Lee – Tchaikovsky ‘Melodie’ [2016]

Never-before-uploaded performance by the then 16 year old VC Rising Star SooBeen Lee, from South Korea, performing Tchaikovsky's 'Melodie' from the 'Souvenir d'un lieu...

SAD NEWS | Experimental German Composer Dieter Schnebel Has Died – Aged 88

German composer, theologian, musicologist and college professor Dieter Schnebel has passed away in Berlin from a heart ailment - aged 88. Heavily influenced by the...

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Announce New Music Director

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has today announced the appointment of 52 year old Spanish conductor and flutist Jaime Martín as their new Music Director...

OUT NOW | Violinist Piet Koornhof’s New CD: ‘Frolov & Friends’ [LISTEN]

Delos Productions has today announced the release of South African violinist Piet Koornhof's new album: Frolov & Friends. Recorded with pianist Albie van Schalkwyk, the disc...

SAD NEWS | Legendary American Accompanist Irwin Gage Has Died – Aged 78

American-born pianist Irwin Gage has passed away in Zurich - aged 78. A graduate of Michigan University, Yale University and the Vienna Conservatory, he will...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Kairos Quartet – M-Prize Chamber Music Competition, Junior Strings 1st Prize [2018]

The Music Institute of Chicago Academy-based Kairos Quartet’s 1st prize winning performance in the Junior Strings Final of the 2018 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, in Ann...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Artist Augustin Hadelich – Britten Violin Concerto [2018]

VC Artist Augustin Hadelich performing the Britten Violin Concerto - with conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Recorded live on the 24th of...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Artist Bomsori Kim & ChangYoung Shin – Ravel Violin Sonata No. 2 [2018]

South Korean VC Artist Bomsori Kim and pianist ChangYoung Shin performing Ravel's Violin Sonata No. 2. Recorded live earlier this week at New York's WQXR's...

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VC ARTIST | Bomsori Kim – Wieniawski, Hannover & Tchaikovsky Competition Major Prizes

South Korean violin virtuoso Bomsori Kim has, in recent years, firmly established herself as one of the eminent young, rising stars of the international concert stage. An...

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