Monday, April 22, 2019

UK’s Academy of Ancient Music Ensemble Announces Promotion of New Leader

The Academy of Ancient Music early music ensemble, in Cambridge, has this week announced the appointment of 38-year-old Croatian violinist Bojan Čičić as their new leader – effective...

VC INSTA TAKEOVER | Cellist Yo-Yo Ma – Live from University of Michigan’s University Musical Society

VC recently caught up with superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma for a behind-the-scenes Instagram takeover — direct from the University of Michigan's University Musical Society.     View this...

Violinist David Garrett Announces Comeback Following 9 Months Off With Back Injury

It has been announced today that German crossover violinist David Garrett is set to return to his concert touring schedule next month - following...

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,...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | Child Prodigy Violinist, Sarah Chang – 1985, 5 Years Old [VIDEO]

Astonishing 1985 archival footage of the then just 5 year old Sarah Chang performing Saint-Saens' Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso. A recognised child prodigy, she was accepted into...

German Composer Max Bruch Died On This Day in 1920 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer Max Bruch died on this day in 1920 – aged 82. Despite his 1st Violin Concerto being one of the most frequently performed...

Acclaimed Czech Pianist Ivan Moravec Has Died – Aged 84 [VIDEO]

Acclaimed Czech concert pianist Ivan Moravec has passed away from pneumonia – aged 84. A graduate of the Prague Conservatory, during his 65+ year performance...

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...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Stefan Milenkovic – Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major [2018]

Serbian-born violinist Stefan Milenkovic performing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major – with conductor Andrea Fuoli & the Orchestra Giovanile Trentina OGT. Recorded live on 23th of September,...

AUDITION | Auckland Philharmonia, New Zealand – ‘Associate Concertmaster’ Position

The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra is currently accepting applications for the ‘Associate Concertmaster’ position. Applications to be received by April 8th, 2016. For further details, visit:  http://bit.ly/1U0oFP4

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Violinist Viktor Tretyakov – ‘Plays Tchaikovsky’ [1981]

Incredible 1981 never-before-uploaded footage of Russian violin virtuoso Viktor Tretyakov performing a suite of violin parlor works by Tchaikovsky - including the 'Melodie', 'Meditation',...

SAD NEWS | Acclaimed South African Opera Singer Johan Botha Has Died

South African-born operatic tenor, Johan Botha has passed away - aged 51. Over his 30-year international career, he performed on most of the world’s top...

Korea Launches World’s First Classical Music Mobile Truck Orchestra

Former KBS Symphony Chief Conductor, Hahm Shin-ik has this week launched an ambitious new project – the world's first classical music truck orchestra. Based on...

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...

Applications Closing Feb 28th for Tarisio Trust Sun-Law Vuillaume Instrument Fellowship [APPLY]

Applications are set to close on the 28th of February for the newly-established 'Tarisio Trust: Eric Sun - Karen Law Vuillaume Fellowship' - offering an...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Young Artist Blake Pouliot – Ponce’s ‘Estrellita’ [VIDEO]

23 year old Canadian violinist, VC Young Artist Blake Pouliot and pianist Hsin-I Huang performing Heifetz's arrangement Manuel Ponce's 'Estrellita'. Recorded at the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio in St....

Spain’s Bilbao Symphony Announces New Principal Second Violinist

The Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao, in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain has today announced the appointment of 25-year-old Spanish violinist Laura Delgado Casado as its...

London’s BBC Symphony Orchestra Extends Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo to 2022

The BBC Symphony Orchestra, in London, has today announced the contract extension of Finnish Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo - through until the end of the 2021/2022 season. The...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Taylor Davis – ‘Star Wars Medley’ for Violin & Lightsaber [EPIC]

American pop violinist Taylor Davis performing an original John Williams ‘Star Wars’ Medley -  arranged for solo violin and lightsaber. TAYLOR DAVIS | JOHN WILLIAMS...

Record Number of Tickets Sold to London’s BBC Proms Festival

It has been announced today that over 118,000 tickets have been sold in the first 12 hours of release of the 2015 BBC Proms...

Polish-American Violinist Bronislav Gimpel Was Born On This Day in 1911 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish-American violin virtuoso Bronislav Gimpel was born on this day in 1911 – 108 years ago. A protege of Carl Flesch, Mr Gimpel is remembered...

SAD NEWS | Austrian Violist, Conductor and Composer Paul Angerer Has Died

Austrian violist, conductor and composer Paul Angerer has passed away - age 90. He served as a section violist with the Vienna Symphony, Tonhalle Orchestra...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC ‘Artists’ Attacca Quartet – ‘Star Wars: May the FOURce Be With You’ [MUST SEE]

VC ‘Artists’, the New York-based Attacca Quartet presenting an new original cover of John Williams’ ‘Star Wars’ film score for string quartet. Arrangement by: Andrew Yee. VC ‘ARTIST’...

Competitors Announced for 2016 Schoenfeld String Comp – Including 2 VC ‘Young Artists’

The violin, cello and chamber ensemble candidates have today been announced for the 2016 Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition – to be...

Joint 1st Prize Awarded at Inaugural Jan Rakowski International Viola Competition

25 year old Sejune Kim, from South Korea, and 20 year old Karolina Errera, from Russia, have been awarded joint 1st prize at the...

New Research Finds Classical Music Physically Reduces Stress

A new scientific study, conducted by the Royal College of Music's Centre for Performance Science has made preliminary scientific findings, for the first time, that...

VERY SAD NEWS | Staatskapelle Berlin Concertmaster Axel Wilczok Has Died [RIP]

German violinist and pedagogue Axel Wilczok has passed away from cancer - aged 66. A graduate of Moscow's Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Hochschule für Musik...

MEET THE PROS | Concert Violinist, Anne-Akiko Meyers – VC ’20 Questions’ [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with American concert violinist, Anne-Akiko Meyers – in New York City. We sat the virtuoso down for a fun...

VC ARTISTS | Calidore String Quartet – “Confidence”, “Finesse”, “Intellect” and “Expression”

The New York-based Calidore String Quartet has in recent years firmly established themselves as one of the most celebrated young chamber ensembles to emerge internationally - praised for...

VC WEB BLOG | VC Young Artist Luke Hsu – ‘Managing the Mammoth Task of Preparing for a Competition’ [INSIGHT]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with VC Young Artist, and recent major prize winner at the Michael Hill, Carl Nielsen, Wieniawski, Paganini and...

Man Sentenced to 25+ Years Jail for Killing New York Violinist

Jonathan M Conklin, 45 has today been sentenced to 25 years to life imprisonment, in a Chautauqua County Court, for the second-degree murder of...

VC INTERVIEW | VC ‘Artist’ Nikki Chooi – School’s Out. Showtime!

The Violin Channel recently caught up with VC 'Young Artist' Nikki Chooi, in New York City, where he's busily preparing for his Juilliard School graduation - and an upcoming...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Shostakovich 5th Symphony – Heavy Metal Version [VIDEO]

Composer and musician Connor Gallagher performing the final movement of Shostakovich's 5th Symphony – on heavy metal electric guitar. Get a load of this ... SHOSTAKOVICH...

Conductor Otto Klemperer Died On This Day in 1973 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German conductor Otto Klemperer died on this day in 1973 – aged 88. Remembered as one of the finest conductors of the 20th Century, Maestro...

Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Was Born On This Day in 1840 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born on this day in 1840 – 178 years ago. The first Russian composer whose music made a lasting impression internationally, Tchaikovsky's signature works include...

American Violin Virtuoso Michael Rabin Born On This Day in 1936 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violin virtuoso Michael Rabin was born on this day in 1936 - 82 years ago. A celebrated child prodigy, he is remembered as one of...

Violinist David Garrett Lists Unused $4M New York Apartment for Sale

German classical-rock-pop-crossover violinist David Garrett has this week listed his fashionable New York City apartment for sale – for a $4 Million asking price. Purchased...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Violinist, Sean Lee – Schubert ‘Rondo in A Major’, 2016 [VIDEO]

American violin virtuoso, Sean Lee performing Schubert's 'Rondo in A Major for Violin and String Quartet'. Recorded live in March 2016 - as part of the...

Seattle Symphony Music Director Ludovic Morlot Announces Upcoming Departure

It has been announced that Seattle Symphony Orchestra Music Director Ludovic Morlot is set to step down from the position at the conclusion of...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist Axel Strauss – “Does Competition Success Propel a Soloist into a Career?” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Vincent Brown from the United States was keen to know: “Does competition success propel a soloist into a career?” We threw Vincent’s...

16 Candidates Announced for New Zealand’s 2017 Michael Hill Competition

The 16 Quarter-Finalists have today been announced for the 2017 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, to be held in Queenstown and Auckland from the...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Nathan Milstein – Beethoven ‘Kreutzer Sonata’, Last Recital, 1986 [VIDEO]

Incredible 1986 archival performance of violinist Nathan Milstein performing Beethoven's "Kreutzer" Violin Sonata - with collaborative pianist Georges Pludermacher. Recorded live at Berwerdhallen Concert Hall, in...

Candidates Announced for Germany’s 2018 ARD International Viola Competition

The 49 opening-round candidates for the 2018 ARD International Viola Competition have been announced – to be held in Munich, Germany from the 7th - 16th of...

Detroit Symphony Announces 21 Year Old College Student as Principal Oboist

The Detroit Symphony has today announced 21 year old Alexander Kinmonth as their new principal oboist – making him one of the youngest principal...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Issac Stern – Beethoven Violin Sonata in C Minor, 1969 [AUDIO]

Never-before-uploaded archival audio of violinist Isaac Stern, with pianist Eugene Istomin performing Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 7 in C Minor. Recorded in studio in 1969. ISSAC STERN...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Philippe Quint – Korngold Violin Concerto, December 2016 [VIDEO]

Russian-American violinist Philippe Quint performing Korngold's Violin Concerto - live in rehearsal this week with the Puerto Rico Symphony. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftUijmN_Sg8&showinfo=0&autohide=1 PHILIPPE QUINT | KORNGOLD VIOLIN CONCERTO |...

VC VOX POP | “Which Teachers Were Your Greatest Influences Growing Up?” [Q&A]

“Which teachers were your greatest influences growing up?” The Violin Channel recently caught up with 30+ of the world’s top string players to find out … German-American...

VC MASTERCLASS | 2018 Menuhin Competition – Maxim Vengerov, Bach’s Solo Violin Sonata No. 2 [LEARN]

Recorded live at the 2018 Menuhin Competition, in Geneva, violin virtuoso and jury member Maxim Vengerov works us through the ‘Andante’ and ‘Allegro’ from...

AUDITION | Orchestre National de Lorraine, France – ‘Principal Bass’ Position

The Orchestre National de Lorraine is currently accepting applications for the ‘Principal Bass’ position. Applications to be received by July 5th, 2016. For further details, visit: http://bit.ly/1VP9Cf7

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was Born On This Day in 1756 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on this day in 1756 – 261 years ago. Mozart is remembered in history as one of the most prolific...

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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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