Sunday, December 8, 2019

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Receives Record $32 Million Endowment

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Board of Trustees has announced two record-setting philanthropic endowment gifts - totalling USD $32 Million. The first endowment of $15 Million...

Domingo, Lang Lang and Ana Maria Martinez to Feature in World Cup Finale

Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, Chinese pianist Lang Lang, soprano Ana Maria Martinez – and conductor Eugene Kohn and the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira, have been...

Semi-Finalists Announced at the 2014 Primrose International Viola Competition

The 8 semi finalists for the 2014 Primrose international Viola Competition, in Los Angeles have been announced. They are: Kei Tojo of Japan, Born Lau of...

VERY SAD NEWS | Spanish Conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos has Died – Aged 80

Spanish conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos has passed away from cancer in Pamplona, Spain – aged 80. The sad news comes just days after Maestro his...

Competitors Announced for Indianapolis International Violin Competition – Including 8 VC ‘Young Artists’

The 40 competitors for the 2014 9th International Violin Competition of Indianapolis have today been announced - including VC ‘Young Artists’ Nikki Chooi, Yoo Jin...

9 Year Old Violinist Awarded Top Prize at Andrea Postacchini International Competition

9 year old violinist Samuel Tan, from Singapore has been awarded the ‘Postacchini Prize’ at the 2014 Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition, in Fermo, Italy...

15 year Old Cellist Zlatomir Fung Awarded 1st Prize at Klein International String Competition

15 year old American cellist Zlatomir Fung has been awarded 1st prize at the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, in San Francisco. A student...

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Announces New Principal Double Bassist

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has today announced 27 year old American bassist Kevin Brown as their new Principal Double Bass. A student of Paul Ellison,...

‘Kreutzer’ Strad, Found in Reclusive Heiress’ Closet, to Sell for Upto $10M

The 1731 ‘Kreutzer’ Stradivarius violin, found hidden in the closet of the late eccentric heiress Huguette Clark’s Manhattan apartment, is expected to sell at auction...

VC YOUNG ARTIST | Simone Porter, 17 – ‘Impassioned Energy, Musical Integrity, Vibrant Sound’

17 year old American violinist Simone Porter is establishing herself as a young concert artist of tremendous potential – praised for her impassioned energy,...

Thomas Zehetmair to Leave Royal Northern Sinfonia. Pianist Lars Vogt to Replace.

It has been announced that 43 year old German piano virtuoso Lars Vogt has been appointed as the new Music Director of the Royal...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | David Garrett – Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, 1997, Aged 18

German pop-crossover violinist David Garrett performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor - with conductor Herbert Blomstedt and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Recorded in 1997...

New Zoo Enrichment Programme – Piano for the Otters & Harmonicas for the Bears [VIDEO]

The Smithsonian Museum National Zoo, in Washington has this week launched a new animal art and music enrichment program - designed to enhance the...

New Principal Guest Conductor Named at the UK’s Hallé Orchestra

35 year old British conductor and composer Ryan Wigglesworth has today been announced as the new Principal Guest conductor of The Hallé Orchestra -...

AUDITION | New York Philharmonic, United States – 5 x ‘Rotating Tutti Violin’ Positions

The New York Philharmonic is currently accepting applications for 5 x ‘Rotating Tutti Violin’ positions. Applications to be received by July 11th. For further...

80 Year Old Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos Calls End to Conducting Career

It has been announced today that 80 year Spanish conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos has resigned from his position as Chief Conductor of the...

Violin Bows Seized at NY Airport for Suspicion of Containing Ivory, Released

The 7 violin bows seized by US customs at JFK International Airport, in New York on Saturday, from members of the Budapest Festival Orchestra,...

7 Budapest Festival Orchestra Violinists’ Bows Confiscated at NY Airport

Cultural commentator Norman Lebrecht is today reporting 7 violinists from the Budapest Festival Orchestra had their violin bows confiscated, on Saturday, by US customs at New York's...

SAD NEWS | British-Australian Violist and Conductor Gerald Gentry has Died

British-born violist and conductor Gerald Gentry has passed away – aged 86. Mr Gentry was a former Principal Violist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra -...

SAD NEWS | Australian Musicians’ Physician Professor Earl Owen Has Died – Aged 80

Pioneering Australian physician Professor Earl Owen has passed away – aged 80. A highly gifted pianist, he pursued a career in medicine – going on...

Mystery Grand Piano Has Appeared Submerged Under New York’s Brooklyn Bridge

A submerged grand piano has mysteriously appeared this week in New York’s East River – on the shore of Manhattan. The Mason & Hamlin piano, fully...

Rare Permission Granted for Performance of Sibelius’ Original 5th Symphony

It has been announced that the Sibelius Estate has granted rare permission for 2 performances of the original version of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’...

30 Year Old Courtney Lewis Named Jacksonville Symphony Music Director

The New York Philharmonic Assistant Conductor Courtney Lewis has been announced as the new Music Director of the Jacksonville Symphony. The 30 year old Irish-born...

Korean Soprano Sumi Hwang Wins Queen Elisabeth International Vocal Competition

Korean soprano Sumi Hwang has been awarded 1st prize at the 2014 Queen Elisabeth International Vocal Competition - in Brussels, Belgium. A graduate of the...

Violist Mathieu Herzog to Leave French-Based Quatuor Ébène String Quartet

The French string quartet Quatuor Ébène has today announced violist Mathieu Herzog is set to leave the ensemble after 15 seasons – to devote...

Cellist Zoe Keating Launches Financial Appeal to Assist Unwell Husband

Cellist Zoe Keating, who last week announced her husband Jeff has been diagnosed with Stage IV cancer, has launched an appeal for financial help...

Piano Virtuoso Lang Lang to Release His Own Fragrance Range

It has been announced that piano virtuoso Lang Lang is set to release his own range of perfume. Set for release in Europe in September,...

VC GIVEAWAY | Win 1 of 5 Autographed Jennifer Koh and Jaime Laredo ‘Two x Four’ Cds

To help celebrate the international release of violinists Jennifer Koh and Jaime Laredo's new album 'Two x Four', The Violin Channel in conjunction with Cedille...

The London Symphony has Announced an 18 Year Old Principal Trombonist

The London Symphony Orchestra has today announced 18 year old Peter Moore as their new Co-Principal Trombone – the orchestra's youngest member in history. Peter...

VC ARTIST | Charles Yang – ‘Classical violin with the charisma of a rock star’

The Juilliard School graduate, Charles Yang is very quickly building an impressive online following - and explosive, international classical-pop violin/vocal career. CHARLES YANG | GARNLS BARKLEY...

Further Historic Abuse Charges Laid at Chetham’s School of Music

World-renowned conductor Nicholas Smith, 66, has been charged with one count of indecently assaulting a teenage girl, between May 4th 1976 and June 3rd...

VERY SAD NEWS | American Violinist David Nadien Has Passed Away – Aged 88

American violin virtuoso David Nadien has passed away, in New York City – aged 88. A student of Adolfo Betti, Ivan Galamian and Adoph Busch, Mr Nadien served...

American Violinist Becomes 1st Person to Play Inside a Volcano [VIDEO]

American violinist Eric Silberger has made history – becoming what's believed to maybe be the first violinist to play inside a volcano. The 25 year...

1 of 2 Co-Accused Pleads Guilty to Frank Almond Stradivarius Robbery

A Milwaukee man, 36 year old Universal K. Allah has today pleaded guilty in a Milwaukee Country Circuit Court to using a stun gun to...

Manhattan School & Mannes Cello Professor Paul Tobias Has Died

American cellist Paul Tobias has passed away - from injuries sustained in a fall. He served teaching positions at Harvard University, New England Conservatory, Manhattan...

Trio Violinists Denied Access to Carry Violins On US Airways Flight [VIDEO]

Violinists Zach de Pue and Nick Kendall, from the string trio Time for Three have today released a fly-on-the-wall YouTube video – after being...

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Names New Co-Concertmaster

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has today announced American violinist Eoin Andersen as their new Co-Concertmaster.  A student of Noraleen Retinger, Lucia Lin, David Taylor, Efim...

Danish Tax Evasion Case Against Violinist Nikolaj Znaider Dismissed

It has been announced today that the tax evasion case, by the Danish Tax Authorities against violin virtuoso Nikolaj Znaider has been dropped – with...

VC ‘Young Artist’ Richard Lin Makes Taiwanese TV Celebrity Game-Show Appearance

22 year old Taiwanese-American VC 'Young Artist' Richard Lin has yesterday made a national Taiwanese TV appearance - on the popular television game-show 'Golden...

VC ‘Young Artists’ Nikki Chooi & Fedor Roudine to Perform in Competition Super-Showcase

VC 'Young Artists' Nikki Chooi and Fedor Roudine are among a star-studded lineup of international prize winners to perform this week at the Musical...

St Louis Symphony Orchestra has Announced 3 New Viola Appointments

The St Louis Symphony Orchestra has today announced 3 new viola appointments. American violist Jonathan Chu has been appointed to the Assistant  Principal Viola position –...

Minnesota Orchestra has Announced Minnesota Opera Veteran as Interim President

The Minnesota Orchestra has today announced Kevin Smith, the former head of the Minnesota Opera, as their new interim President and CEO. Smith, who previously...

VC GIVEAWAY | Win 1 of 5 Autographed Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg ‘A to Z’ CDs

To help celebrate the international release of Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg's new album 'A To Z', The Violin Channel is this week giving away 5 personally...

German Conductor Franz-Paul Decker has Passed Away – Aged 90

German-born conductor Franz-Paul Decker has passed away – aged 90. He served Principal positions with the Wiesbaden Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra,...

Rachmaninoff Symphony Score Sells in London for $2.2 Million

The 'original' handwritten manuscript, containing corrections and annotations, of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff''s Second Symphony has sold at auction, in London, by Sotheby's for £1.2 Million...

Rafale Trio & Arcadia Quartet Awarded 1st Prizes at Osaka International Competition

The Rafale Trio, from Switzerland and the Arcadia Quartet, from Romania have been awarded 1st prizes at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, in...

Cellist Zoë Keating to Take Extended Career Break to Support Unwell Husband

Chart-topping Canadian cellist Zoë Keating has today announced, via social media she will take a forced career break, to spend more time with her...

VC BUZZ | Man Spins Human Hair into Playable Violin Strings [VIDEO]

Bored Lithuanians have discovered another use for human hair - music. In this rather bizarre experimental video, created to promote today’s Lithuanian Street Musicians’ Day,...

VC INTERVIEW | German-Korean Violinist Christian Kim – The ‘Erl’ King of Cool

The Violin Channel recently caught up with German-Korean violinist Christian Kim, in Frankfurt, where we shot the breeze over a few beers about his diverse...

Nicola Benedetti to Replace Janine Jansen for New York Phil Debut

It has been announced today that British violinist Nicola Benedetti is set to make her New York Philharmonic subscription debut - after being flown in...

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VC ARTIST | Stefan Jackiw – ‘Itzhak Perlman or an Isaac Stern in their Early Years’

American violinist Stefan Jackiw has, in recent years, firmly established himself as one of the new generation top tier string virtuosi. A graduate of Harvard...

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