Monday, April 22, 2019

VC WEB BLOG | Violist Antoine Tamestit – ‘The Primrose Competition Gave Me a Great Boost’ [BLOG]

With the 2018 Primrose International Viola Competition currently underway in Los Angeles, VC recently caught up with a number of former prize winners, to get a better...

VC WEB BLOG | Violist Jennifer Stumm – ‘Primrose Comp Taught Me to Worry Less About What People Think’ [INSIGHT]

With the 2018 Primrose International Viola Competition currently underway in Los Angeles, VC recently caught up with a number of former prize winners to get a better...

OUT NOW | Violist David Aaron Carpenter’s New Album: ‘Motherland’ [LISTEN]

Warner Classics has this month announced the release of American violist David Aaron Carpenter's new double disc set: Motherland. Recorded with conductors Kazushi Ono, Vladimir Jurowski and David Parry and the London...

AUDITION | RTÉ National Symphony, Ireland – ‘Concertmaster’ Position [APPLY]

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, in Dublin, Ireland is currently accepting applications for the ‘Concertmaster’ position. For further details, visit: https://bit.ly/2uxdYPW

SAD NEWS | New York Phil Veteran Violinist Newton Mansfield Has Died – Aged 88 [RIP]

Polish-born American violinist Newton Mansfield has passed away - aged 88. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, he served positions in the Baltimore, Houston and...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Artist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt – Brahms Viola Sonata No.2 [2017]

Dover Quartet violist, VC Artist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt and pianist Asiya Korepanova performing Brahms' Viola Sonata No. 2 in E-Flat Major. Recorded live on the 18th...

OUT NOW | Trio Les Esprits’ New CD: ‘Schubert: Piano Trios, Fantasie and Arpeggione Sonata’ [LISTEN]

Sony Classical has this month announced the release of the Paris-based Trio Les Esprits' new CD: Schubert: Piano Trios, Fantasie and Arpeggione Sonata. Comprising violinist...

Today is VC Young Artist Cellist Zlatomir Fung’s 20th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American cellist, VC Young Artist Zlatomir Fung’s 20th birthday. A student of Richard Aaron and Timothy Eddy at The Juilliard School, Zlatomir is a former 1st prize winner at...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | TwoSet Violin – ‘How To Play the Paganini Caprices’ [LOL]

Australian funsters TwoSet Violin walk us through step-by-step ... 'how to play the Paganini Caprices' ...   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCX4HG31XCc

THROWBACK THURSDAY | Diana Adamyan & Pinchas Zukerman – Bach Double Violin Concerto [2015]

2015 archival footage of the then 15-year-old Diana Adamyan performing Bach’s Double Violin Concerto in D Minor - with luminary violin virtuoso Pinchas Zukerman. Recorded live with...

VC MASTERCLASS | 2018 Menuhin Competition – Henning Kraggerud, Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 8 [LEARN]

Recorded live at the 2018 Menuhin Competition, in Geneva, Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra Artistic Director and jury member Henning Kraggerud works us through the...

Cellist Taeguk Mun ‘Homage to Pablo Casals’ CD Winners Announced!

And the winners are in!   The following 5 lucky VC members will each be receiving a fresh-off-the-press personally-autographed CD copy of South-Korean cellist Taeguk Mun’s new...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Cellist Harriet Krijgh – Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major [2017]

Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh performing Haydn's Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major - with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra. Recorded live, and led by concertmaster...

Prizes Awarded at Düsseldorf’s 2018 Anton Rubinstein International Double Bass Competition

15-year-old German double bassist Antonia Hadulla has been awarded 1st prize at the 2018 Anton Rubinstein International Double Bass Competition in Düsseldorf, Germany. A student of...

2018 Yahama Music Young Performing Artist Winners Announced

Yamaha Music has this week announced the eleven 2018 Yamaha Young Performing Artist winners - including 18 year old American violinist Joshua Brown. The 2018 Yamaha...

New FREE Online Directory of Living Black Classical Composers Launched

The Rachel Barton Pine Foundation, in Chicago, has this week announced the launch of a new free online directory of living black classical music...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Cellist Antônio Meneses – Bach Solo Cello Suite No. 1, Live [1993]

Never-before-uploaded 1993 archival performance of Brazilian cellist Antônio Meneses performing Bach’s Solo Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major. Recorded live on the 13th of...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Violinist Midori – Bach Violin Concerto in D Minor [2018]

Japanese-American violin virtuoso, Midori performing Bach's Violin Concerto in D Minor BWV 1052 - with conductor Ivan Ostapovych and the Ukrainian Festival Orchestra. Recorded live on the 24th...

Scotland’s University of St Andrews Announces New Quartet-In-Residence

The University of St Andrews, in Scotland, has today announced the appointment of the British-based Fitzwilliam String Quartet as its new Quartet-in-Residence. As part of...

OUT NOW | Engegård Quartet’s New CD: ‘Mozart String Quartets’ [LISTEN]

LAWO Records has this month announced the release of the Norwegian-based Engegård String Quartet's new album: Mozart String Quartets. The disc features Mozart's String Quartet...

OUT NOW | VC Young Artist Blake Pouliot’s Debut Album: ‘Ravel-Debussy: Sonates’ [LISTEN]

Analekta Records has announced the release of 23-year-old Canadian violinist, VC Young Artist Blake Pouliot’s debut album ‘Ravel-Debussy: Sonates'. Recorded with internationally acclaimed pianist Hsin-I Huang,...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | ‘Stravinsky Violin Concerto’ … The Ballet [HUH]

Legendary Russian choreographer George Balanchine's exquisite original 1941 ballet choreography ... danced to the music of Stravinsky's Violin Concerto ... Broadcasted in 1978 - as...

SAD NEWS | German Composer & Educator Heinz Winbeck Has Died – Aged 73 [RIP]

German composer, conductor and academic teacher Heinz Winbeck has passed away - aged 73. A graduate of the Richard Strauss Conservatory and the Munich University...

Conductor Michael Rosewell to Step Down From English Touring Opera

It has been announced today that British conductor Michael Rosewell will step down as Music Director of the English Touring Opera – at the conclusion of the...

Greek-American Conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos Born On This Day in 1896 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Greek-American conductor, pianist and composer Dimitri Mitropoulos was born on this day in 1896 - 123 years ago. Dying in 1960, he is remembered as...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | VC Young Artist Kerson Leong – ‘Prokofiev Violin Concerto in G Minor for TWO VIOLINS’ [WHAT]

Canadian VC Young Artist Kerson Leong rehearsing Prokofiev's Violin Concerto in G Minor ... overlaid for TWO VIOLINS ... "Was having some fun in rehearsal...

OUT NOW | Cellist Martin Rummel’s New CD: ‘Carl Reinecke Complete Cello Works’ [LISTEN]

Naxos Records has this month announced the release of Austrian-born cellist Martin Rummel's new album: Carl Reinecke Complete Works for Cello and Piano. Recorded with...

VC Artist Jennifer Pike’s ‘The Polish Violin’ CD Winners Announced!

And the winners are in! The following 5 lucky VC members will each be receiving a fresh-off-the-press personally-autographed CD copy of VC Artist Jennifer Pike’s new...

VC LIVE | Time for Three – Happy Hour Set Live from New York’s Joe’s Pub [LIVE]

VC Facebook Live webcast of genre-crossing trio Time for Three performing a happy hour set – live and exclusively from Joe's Pub at The Public in New...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | Roman Simovic – Wieniawski International Violin Competition [2001]

Incredible 2001 archival footage of Ukrainian violin virtuoso Roman Simovic performing Wieniawski's 1st Violin Concerto in F Sharp Minor - in the Final of the...

OUT NOW | Double Bassist Ödön Rácz’s New Album: ‘My Double Bass’ [LISTEN]

Deutsche Grammophon has announced the release of Hungarian double bass virtuoso Ödön Rácz's new album: My Double Bass. Recorded with violinist, VC Artist Noah Bendix-Balgley,...

Hungarian Composer Kodály Born On This Day in 1882 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian composer, pedagogue and philosopher Zoltán Kodály was born on this day in 1882 - 136 years ago. Dying in 1967, he is best known...

Signed Anne Akiko Meyers ‘Mirror in Mirror’ CD Winners Announced!

And the winners are in! The following 5 lucky VC members will each be receiving a fresh-off-the-press personally-autographed CD copy of American violinist Anne Akiko...

French National Radio Announces New Quartet-In-Resident

The French National Radio has this week announced the appointment of the Paris-based Diotima String Quartet as its new Quartet-in-Residence. Founded in 1996 at the Paris Conservatoire,...

VC LIVE | Concert Artists Guild – Career Intentions with Violinist Jennifer Koh [LIVE]

VC Facebook Live webcast with American violinist Jennifer Koh – direct from Tarisio Fine Instruments & Bows in New York City. Hosted by Concert Artists Guild President Tanya Bannister, the 1994...

Finalists Announced at Minnesota’s 2018 Saint Paul String Quartet Competition

The 7 string quartets progressing to the final round of the 2018 Saint Paul String Quartet Competition have today been announced – in Minnesota, United...

Louisville Symphony Renews Chief Conductor Teddy Abrams For 5 More Seasons

The Louisville Symphony Orchestra in Louisville, United States, has this week announced the contract extension of Chief Conductor Teddy Abrams – through to the conclusion of the...

Austrian Composer Johann Strauss II Born On This Day in 1825 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian composer Johann Strauss II was born on this day in 1825. The son of Johann Strauss Sr, Strauss Jr composed over 500 waltzes, polkas,...

German Violinist August Wilhelmj Died On This Day in 1908 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German violin virtuoso August Wilhelmj died on this day in 1908, 111 years ago – aged 62. Wilhelmj was regarded as one of the most celebrated...

OUT NOW | Richard Boothby’s New CD: ‘Telemann Fantasias for Viola da Gamba’ [LISTEN]

Signum Records has this week announced the release of British viola da gamba virtuoso, Richard Boothby’s new album: Telemann: Fantasias for Viola da Gamba. The disc features...

OUT NOW | ‘Luciano Pavarotti: The Complete Opera Recordings’ – 101-Disc Set [LISTEN]

Decca Classics has this month announced the release of a new 101-disc Luciano Pavarotti collection: 'Luciano Pavarotti: The Complete Opera Recordings' - released to mark...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Violist Masumi Per Rostad – Rebecca Clarke Viola Sonata [2018]

Eastman School of Music Viola Professor Masumi Per Rostad and pianist Alan Chow performing Rebecca Clarke's Sonata for Viola and Piano. Recorded live at Kilbourn Hall, in Rochester, New...

SAD NEWS | Israeli Composer & Conductor Noam Sheriff Has Died – Aged 83 [RIP]

Renowned Israeli composer and conductor Noam Sheriff has passed away - aged 83. Throughout his 6 decade international career, Maestro Sheriff served as Artistic Director...

Late Finnish Composer’s Violin ‘Fantasia’ Makes ‘100 Best Songs of 2017’

America's National Public Radio has today announced their annual '100 best songs of 2017' list - including American violinist Anne Akiko Meyers' recently released...

SAD NEWS | Italian Conductor & Composer Carlo Franci Has Died – Aged 94 [RIP]

Italian conductor and composer Carlo Franci has passed away this week - aged 94. A graduate of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, in Rome, throughout...

AUDITION | Sinfonieorchester Basel, Switzerland – ‘Tutti Bass’ Position [APPLY]

The Symphonieorchester Basel, in Basel, Switzerland is currently accepting applications for a Tutti Bass position. Applications to be received by March 11th, 2019. For further details, visit: https://bit.ly/2CT5PbW  

SAD NEWS | Italian Violist Luigi Alberto Bianchi Has Died – Aged 72

Italian violist and violinist Luigi Alberto Bianchi has passed away - aged 72. Mr Bianchi previously served as principal violist with the Rome RAI National...

SAD NEWS | Genre-Crossing Double Bassist Buell Neidlinger Has Died – Aged 82 [RIP]

American classical and jazz double bassist and cellist Buell Neidlinger has passed away from a heart attack – aged 82.  A student of Yale University, Mr Neidlinger...

AUDITION | Saint Louis Symphony, United States – ‘Associate Principal Double Bass’ Position [APPLY]

The Saint Louis Symphony, in Saint Louis, United States is currently accepting applications for the Associate Principal Double Bass position. Applications to be received by February 15th, 2019. For...

OUT NOW | Jaap van Zweden & New York Phil – Beethoven Symphonies 5 & 7 [LISTEN]

Decca Gold has this week announced the release of ‘Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7’  conducted by Jaap van Zweden with the New York Philharmonic...

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VC ARTIST | Igor Pikayzen – Szeryng, Wronski & Viña Del Mar Competition Major Prizes

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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