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SAD NEWS | Mannes School Violin Professor Nina Beilina Has Died – Aged 81 [RIP]

Soviet-born New York-based violinist Nina Beilina has passed away following a year-long illness - aged 81. A graduate of the Moscow Conservatoire, where she studied...

Dutch Composer Awarded 2019 $100,000 Grawemeyer Composition Prize

65-year-old Dutch composer Joël Bons has been announced as the 2019 recipient of the prestigious USD $100,000 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition - for...

Opera Di Rome Announces Controversial Conductor Daniele Gatti as New Music Director

The Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, in Rome, Italy has today announced the appointment of Italian conductor Daniele Gatti as its new Music Director -...

Italian Luthier Nicola Amati Born On This Day in 1596 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian luthier Nicola Amati was born on this day in 1596 – 422 years ago. The grandson of Andrea Amati, the founder of the Amati family of...

Norwegian Composer Christian Sinding Died On This Day in 1941 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Norwegian composer Christian Sinding died on this day in 1941. His signature works include 4 symphonies, an opera, Frühlingsrauschen for piano, 3 violin concertos - and his much-popular...

Nikolaj Znaider Announced New Music Director of France’s Lyon National Orchestra

The Orchestre national de Lyon, in Lyon, France has today announced the appointment of violinist and conductor Nikolaj Znaider as its new Music Director -...

OUT NOW | Neave Piano Trio’s New CD: ‘Celebrating Piazzolla’ [LISTEN]

Azica Records has announced the release of the American-based Neave Piano Trio‘s new album: Celebrating Piazzolla. Recorded with acclaimed mezzo-soprano Carla Jablonski, the disc features...

MEET THE PROS | American Conductor Gerard Schwarz – VC 20 Questions [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with American conductor and trumpeter Gerard Schwarz - in New York City. We sat him down for a fun game...

VC MASTERCLASS | Violinist Vera Tsu – Mozart Violin Sonata No. 27 in G Major [LEARN]

Beijing Central Conservatory Professor Vera Tsu works us through Mozart's Violin Sonata No. 27 in G Major. Recorded in 6 camera high-definition with student violinist Nathan Tishin...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Young Artist Nathan Meltzer – Paganini Caprice No. 2 [2018]

18-year-old American VC Young Artist Nathan Meltzer performing Paganini’s Solo Violin Caprice No. 2 in B Minor. Recorded live on the 1734 ‘Ames/Totenberg’ Stradivarius violin -...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Violinist Randall Goosby – Korngold Violin Concerto [2018]

22-year-old American violinist Randall Goosby performing Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D Major Op 35 - with conductor Richard Owen and the Adelphi Orchestra. Randall was this...

English Conductor Sir John Barbirolli Born On This Day in 1899 [ON-THIS-DAY]

English conductor Sir John Barbirolli was born on this day in 1899 – 119 years ago. Remembered as one of the finest conductors of the...

American-Born Greek Soprano Maria Callas Born On This Day in 1923 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American-born Greek soprano Maria Callas was born on this day in 1923 – 95 years ago. Dying in 1977, aged just 53, she is remembered...

Fundraiser Launched Following Death of Young New York Artist Management Intern [PLEASE SHARE]

An online crowdfunding campaign has been launched for the family of South Korean-born artist management intern Anna Lucia Kim - who passed away tragically...

BREAKING | Prizes Awarded at New Zealand’s Gisborne International Music Comp

20-year-old violinist Tim Yu from Australia has today been awarded 1st prize at the 2018 Gisborne International Music Competition – in Gisborne, New Zealand. The annual competition, open to...

Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor Premiered On This Day in 1935 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Sergei Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 63 premiered on this day in 1935. The first performance was given by French violin...

Legendary Violin Pedagogue Ilona Fehér Born On This Day in 1901 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Hungarian-Israeli violin pedagogue Ilona Fehér was born on this day in 1901 – 117 years ago. Remembered as one of the last representatives of the Central European Violin...

VC INSTA TAKEOVER | Violinist Renaud Capuçon – Live from Paris’ Olympia Hall [INSIDER]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with violinist Renaud Capuçon for a behind-the-scenes Instagram takeover – direct from Paris’ Olympia Hall.     View this post on Instagram   RENAUD CAPUÇON...

VC GIVEAWAY | Win 1 of 5 Signed VC Artists Calidore Quartet ‘Resilience’ Albums [ENTER]

To help celebrate the international release of the the VC Artists Calidore String Quartet’s debut album, Resilience, The Violin Channel is this week giving...

OUT NOW | Cellist Alisa Weilerstein’s New CD: ‘Transfigured Night: Haydn & Schoenberg’ [LISTEN]

Pentatone Records has announced the release of American cellist Alisa Weilerstein’s new album: Transfigured Night: Haydn & Schoenberg. Recorded with the Norwegian-based Trondheim Soloists, the disc features...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | VC Artist Noah Bendix-Balgley – Queen Elisabeth Comp Final [2009]

Archival footage of the then 24 year old VC Artist Noah Bendix-Balgley - in the Final of the 2009 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition. VC recently...

Conductor Richard Egarr Named Newest St Paul Chamber Orch Artistic Partner

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has this week announced British conductor and pianist Richard Egarr as its newest Artistic Partner – effective from September 2019. He currently serves...

Joint-1st Prize Awarded at Pablo Casals International Cello Awards

The Pau Casals Foundation, in Tarragona, Spain, has this week announced 21-year-old Spanish cellist Carla Conangla Oliveras and 21-year-old American cellist Johannes Gray as joint-1st prize recipients...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Uto Ughi – Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1 [1982 ARCHIVAL]

Incredible never-before-uploaded 1982 archival performance of Italian violin virtuoso Uto Ughi performing Paganini's 1st Violin Concerto in D Major - with conductor Alberto Rocchegiani...

VC WEB BLOG | VC Young Artist Santiago Cañón Valencia – ‘Gisborne Comp: Amazing Overall Experience’ [BLOG]

With the 2018 Gisborne International Music Competition drawing to a dramatic climax this weekend, VC recently caught up with a number of former 1st prize winners,...

BREAKING | Finalists Announced at New Zealand’s Gisborne Music Competition

The 3 Finalists have today been announced at the 2018 Gisborne International Music Competition – in Gisborne, New Zealand. The 2018 Finalists are: 22-year-old violinist Aziel Verner from...

Legendary Soviet Pedagogue Pyotr Stolyarsky Born On This Day in 1871 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Soviet pedagogue Pyotr Stolyarsky was born on this day in 1871. Mr Stolyarsky is remembered in history as the founder of 'The Odessa School' and 'The...

French Jazz Violinist Stephane Grappelli Died On This Day in 1997 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli died on this day in 1997 – aged 89. Mr Grappelli’s lively, elegant style captivated audiences for more than half a century –...

Tchaikovsky’s ‘Variations On a Rococo Theme’ Premiered On This Day in 1877 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Tchaikovsky's 'Variations on a Rococo Theme' Op. 33 for Cello and Orchestra premiered on this day in 1877. The first performance was given by German virtuoso Wilhelm Fitzenhagen in Moscow...

Austro-Hungarian Composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold Died On This Day in 1957 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austro-Hungarian composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold died on this day in 1957 – aged 62. Remembered as one of the founders of film music, he was...

VC VOX POP | “Which Musicians From The Past Do You Take Your Greatest Inspiration From?” [Q&A]

“Which great musicians from the past do you take your greatest inspiration from?” The Violin Channel recently caught up with 25+ of the world’s top...

London’s Royal Opera House Announces New Joint-Principal Cellist

The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden has this week announced the appointment of British cellist Tim Hugh as its new Joint-Principal Cellist - effective...

SAD NEWS | American Conductor Harold Farberman Has Died – Aged 89

American conductor, composer and percussionist Harold Farberman has passed away - aged 89. A graduate of The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory, Mr...

Semi-Finalists Announced at New Zealand’s Gisborne Music Competition

The 13 Semi-Finalists have today been announced at the 2018 Gisborne International Music Competition - in Gisborne, New Zealand. The 2018 Semi-Finalists are: 22-year-old violinist Brian...

Maestra Yip Wing-sie To Step Down from Hong Kong Sinfonietta

It has been announced today that Chinese-born conductor Yip Wing-sie will step down as Music Director of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta - at the...

Quatuor Ébène Awarded 2019 Frankfurt Instrument Makers’ Prize

It has been announced today that the French-based Quatuor Ébène String Quartet has been awarded the annual 2019 €15,000 Frankfurt Music Prize. Awarded annually since 1982...

Henryk Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor Premiered On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Henryk Wieniawski's Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor Op. 22 premiered on this day in 1862. The first performance was given by the composer...

Today is American Violinist, VC Young Artist Kevin Zhu’s 18th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American violinist, VC Young Artist Kevin Zhu’s 18th birthday. A student of Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin at The Juilliard School, Kevin shot to international fame, aged just 11, after claiming...

Today is Russian-Born Violin Virtuoso Viktoria Mullova’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian-born British violin virtuoso Viktoria Mullova’s birthday. A protégé of Soviet legend Leonid Kogan, Ms Mullova is a former Grand Prize winner at...

OUT NOW | VC Artists Calidore Quartet’s Debut Album: ‘Resilience’ [LISTEN]

Signum Records has this month announced the release of VC Artists Calidore String Quartet‘s debut album: Resilience. The disc features Prokofiev's String Quartet No. 2, Janáček's String...

VC WEB BLOG | Cellist Harry Wimmer – ‘Juilliard School’s Ms Shirley Givens Memorial’ [TRIBUTE]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with New York-based cello pedagogue, Mr Harry Wimmer – husband of the late violinist Ms Shirley Givens, who passed away on 10th of January, aged...

OUT NOW | Violinists Natasha Korsakova & Manrico Padovani’s New CD: ‘Tabula Rasa’ [LISTEN]

ARS Produktion has this week announced the release of violinists Natasha Korsakova and Manrico Padovani's new album: Tabula Rasa - Double Concertos by Vivaldi, Bach, Schnittke &...

OUT NOW | Violinist Amandine Beyer’s New CD: ‘Haydn: Concerti per Esterházy’ [LISTEN]

Harmonia Mundi Records has this week announced the release of French baroque violinist Amandine Beyer's new disc: Haydn: Concerti per Esterházy. Recorded with Italian cellist Marco...

LA’s Colburn School Appoints Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen To Teaching Faculty

The Colburn School, in Los Angeles, has this week announced the appointment of Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen to its conducting teaching faculty - effective from...

VC DESERT ISLAND DOWNLOADS | VC Artist Noah Bendix-Balgley – ‘5 Recordings I Can’t Live Without’

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Berlin Philharmonic 1st Concertmaster, VC Artist Noah Bendix-Balgley – for a fun game of VC Desert Island Downloads. We...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | The-Late Andrei Korsakov – Stravinsky Violin Concerto [1978 ARCHIVAL]

Never-before-uploaded 1978 archival recording of the-late Russian violin virtuoso Andrei Korsakov performing Stravinsky's Violin Concerto in D Major - with conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev and the Moscow...

Outrage as Vancouver’s Last Remaining Classical Music Store Announces Closure

It has been announced this week that Vancouver’s last remaining classical music store, Sikora’s Classical Records, is set to close permanently in February next year...

Savannah Philharmonic Principal Conductor Peter Shannon to Step Down

It has been announced this week that Irish-conductor conductor Peter Shannon will step down as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Savannah Philharmonic, in...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Dmitry Sitkovetsky – Mendelssohn Violin Concerto [1982 ARCHIVAL]

Incredible never-before-uploaded 1982 archival performance of the then 28-year-old Dmitry Sitkovetsky performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor. Recorded live with conductor Miltiades Caridis and the...

VC WEB BLOG | Cellist Julian Schwarz – ’Considerations for Preparing the Rococo Variations’ [INSIGHT]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with former Schoenfeld International Cello Competition and the Boulder International Art of Duo Chamber Music Competition 1st prize winner, American cello...

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VC YOUNG ARTIST | Stephen Kim, 23 – Sendai, Menuhin, Seoul & Paganini Comp Major Prizes

23-year-old American violinist Stephen Kim is quickly building an international reputation as a rising young virtuoso of outstanding potential. A graduate of the Curtis Institute where he studied...

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