Friday, August 17, 2018

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Promotes New Concertmaster from Within

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, in Canada, has today announced the appointment of British violinist Nicholas Wright as their new Concertmaster. A graduate of London’s Royal College...

Candidates Announced for Philadelphia’s Astral National Auditions – Inc. VC Young Artist Zlatomir Fung

Astral has today announced the 37 candidates for the final live rounds of the 2017 Astral National Auditions - including VC Young Artist Zlatomir Fung. ...

VERY SAD NEWS | The Piano Guys Co-Founder’s Daughter Found Dead in Oregon

The body of Annie Schmidt, daughter of The Piano Guys co-founder Jon Schmidt, has been found in the Oregon Mountains - several weeks after she...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | Nicola Benedetti – 2004 ‘BBC Young Musician of the Year’ [VIDEO]

The then 16 year old Nicola Benedetti’s 1st prize winning performance of the Szymanowski Violin Concerto No. 1 – in the Grand Final of the...

VC WEB BLOG | PartPlay – ‘The Ultimate Chamber Music Practice Companion’ [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with violinists, and PartPlay founders Philip Aird and Steve Bingham to discuss their revolutionary new chamber music companion. In a VC-exclusive...

New Mental Health Survey Finds Over 70% of Musicians May Be Depressed

British charity organization, Help Musicians UK has today released alarming research findings suggesting that over 70% of professional musicians in the UK suffer some form...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | VC Artist Angelo Xiang Yu – Menuhin Competition, 1st Prize [2010]

Archival footage of the then 21-year-old VC Artist Angelo Xiang Yu’s 1st prize-winning performance in the final the 2010 Menuhin Competition, in Oslo, Norway. As the 2018...

2017 Prizes Awarded at London’s Prince’s Prize Competition

23 year old Azerbaijani cellist Jamal Aliyev has been awarded 1st prize at the 2017 Company Prince’s Prize Competition - hosted by the Guildhall...

Ilya and Olga Kaler Announced to Join Cleveland Institute Violin Faculty

The Cleveland Institute of Music has today announced the appointment of violinists Ilya Kaler and Olga Dubossarskaya Kaler to their string faculty - effective...

TRAGIC NEWS | Andre Rieu’s Long-Serving Trombonist Has Died – Aged 47

Dutch trombonist Ruud Merx has died this morning, aged just 47, following a massive heart attack on Saturday morning - whilst on tour in...

BREAKING | Jury Scores Released from 2016 Wieniawski International Violin Competition

The organizers of the 2016 Wieniawski International Violin Competition have today released the jurors' individual scores and rankings for all 4 rounds of the...

BREAKING | 17 Year Old VC Young Artist Kevin Zhu Awarded 1st Prize at Paganini Competition

17 year old VC Young Artist Kevin Zhu, from the United States, has just minutes ago been awarded 1st prize at the 2018 Paganini...

Prizes Awarded at UK’s Bromsgrove International Music Competition

25 year old Australian violinist Emily Sun has been awarded 1st prize at the 2017 Bromsgrove International Music Competition, in Bromsgrove, United Kingdom. A graduate...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Gidon Kremer & Martha Argerich – Schumann Sonata No.2, 1994 [VIDEO]

Incredible never-before-uploaded 1994 archival performance of violinist Gidon Kremer and pianist Martha Argerich performing Schumann's Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Minor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeTWFFOw71s&showinfo=0&autohide=1 GIDON KREMER & MARTHA ARGERICH...

VC YOUNG ARTIST | Alexi Kenney, 23 – 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant Recipient

23 year old American violinist Alexi Kenney is building an international reputation as a rising young virtuoso of outstanding potential. A current Artist Diploma student at the...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Vadim Repin & Alexander Markovich – 1992 Live Recital, 18 Years Old [VIDEO]

Incredible never-before-uploaded 1992 archival performance of the then 18 year old violinist Vadim Repin performing live in recital with pianist Alexander Markovich. Recorded in Moscow, the...

BREAKING | French Cellist Victor Julien-Laferrière Awarded 1st Prize at Queen Elisabeth Comp

26 year old Victor Julien-Laferrière from France has just minutes ago been awarded 1st prize at the inaugural 2017 Queen Elisabeth International Cello Competition,...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Cellist Nathan Chan – Debussy “La Mer” on La Mer [KOOKY]

YouTube sensation, cellist Nathan Chan performing an excerpt from Debussy's "La Mer" .... on la mer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa7cPYZ_Gg&showinfo=0&autohide=1 NATHAN CHAN | DEBUSSY | LA MER (CELLO EXCERPT)

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | VC Young Artist Bomsori Kim – 2012 Hannover Competition [VIDEO]

The then 22 year old VC Young Artist Bomsori Kim's prize winning performance – in the Final of the 2012 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition, in...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Itzhak Perlman – Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3, 1991 [VIDEO]

Violinist Itzhak Perlman performing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major - with conductor Kazuyoshi Akiyama and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. Recorded live on...

Pacifica Quartet Violist Masumi Per Rostad to Join Eastman’s Teaching Faculty

The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music has today announced the appointment of Japanese-Norwegian violist Masumi Per Rostad to their string teaching faculty. A...

Thomastik Announce Launch of New Solo Cello Strings

Thomastik-Infeld Vienna has today announced at the Messe Frankfurt musical trade fair, in Germany, the launch of the new Versum Solo Cello A &...

MEET THE PROS | Violinist Judith Ingolfsson – VC 20 Questions [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Icelandic violinist and former Indianapolis International Violin Competition 1st prize winner, Judith Ingolfsson. We sat her down for a...

Alitalia Airline Accused of “Savagely Vandalizing” a 17th Century Viola Da Gamba [PLEASE SHARE]

Distressing pictures of a severely damaged 17th century viola da gamba have today surfaced on social media - following an Alitalia flight from Rio...

Candidates Announced for Inaugural 2017 Bartok World Competition

The 65 opening round candidates for the 2017 inaugural Bartok World Competition & Festival – International Violin Competition have today been announced – to...

American Comedian Bill Murray to Release Classical Music CD

It has been announced this week that American comedian and actor Bill Murray is set to release an upcoming classical music album. The disc, entitled...

VC GIVEAWAY | Win 1 of 5 Newly-Released Thomastik-Infeld Versum Solo Cello String Packs [ENTER]

To help celebrate the international release of the new Thomastik-Infeld Versum Solo Cello A & D strings, The Violin Channel is this week giving...

Early Music Violinist Midori Seiler Re-Appointed to Franz Liszt Weimar Faculty

The University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar has today announced the re-appointment of German-Japanese Baroque violinist Midori Seiler to their teaching faculty - effective...

Violinist Ivan Galamian Died On This Day in 1981 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Iranian-born Armenian violinist Ivan Galamian died on this day in 1981 – 36 years ago. A student of French pedagogue Lucien Capet, he is remembered as one...

Prizes Awarded at Germany’s Spohr International Junior Violin Competition

The category age prize winners have today been announced at the 2016 8th Louis Spohr International Violin Competition, in Weimar, Germany. Category 1 (14 Years...

Today is Russian Violinist Igor Oistrakh’s 87th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Soviet-born violinist Igor Oistrakh’s 87th birthday! The son of virtuoso David Oistrakh, he has served a distinguished teaching position on faculty at Brussel's...

BREAKING | Joint 1st Prize Awarded at Junior Menuhin Competition

10 year old Christian Li from Australia and 11 year old Chloe Chua from Singapore have just minutes ago been awarded joint 1st prize...

Conductor Herbert von Karajan Born On This Day in 1908 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan was born on this day in 1908 – 110 years ago. Dying in 1989, Maestro von Karajan is remembered as...

VERY SAD NEWS | Guarneri String Quartet Violist Michael Tree has Died – Aged 83

American violist Michael Tree has passed away from Parkinson's disease - aged 83. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Leah...

VC LIVE | VC Facebook Livestream – Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers & Pianist Akira Eguchi [LIVE]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and pianist Akira Eguchi at the 92nd Street Y in New York City – for a fun Facebook live Q&A...

VC LIVE | VC Facebook Livestream – Cellist Alisa Weilerstein [LIVE]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with cellist Alisa Weilerstein at the 92nd Street Y in New York City – for a fun Facebook live Q&A session with her fans.

2017 London Proms Lineup Announced – Including Kavakos, Bell, Mutter, Tetzlaff and Benedetti

The programme for the 2017 BBC Proms Festival, at London’s Royal Albert Hall, has today been announced – and will include solo performances by...

American Violin Virtuoso Hilary Hahn Pregnant With First Child

American violin virtuoso Hilary Hahn has today announced, via social media, she and her husband are expecting their first child. “My husband and I are...

13 Year Old Prodigy Composer Signed to Prestigious NY Management Roster

Columbia Artists Management, in New York City, has this week announced the signing of 13 year old musical prodigy Alma Deutscher to their roster -...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | VC Artist Francisco Fullana – Munetsugu Angel Comp 1st Prize [2015]

1st prize winning performance of the then 24 year old VC Artist Francisco Fullana - in the Final of the 2015 Munetsugu Angel International Violin Competition in Nagoya,...

Respected French Bowmaker Bernard Millant has Died

French bow maker, luthier and author Bernard Millant has passed away - aged 87. A protege of Louis Morizot, Mr Millant was respected as one of...

Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra Announce New 24 Year Old Concertmaster

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia has today announced the appointment of 24 year old American violinist Stephen Tavani as their new Concertmaster. A graduate of...

2017 Swiss Fritz Gerber Contemporary Music Prize Winners Announced

26 year old Swiss-born violist Hana Hobiger has today been announced as 1 of 3 recipients of the 2017 Fritz Gerber Contemporary Music Prizes. A...

New World Record Set for the Sale of a Lorenzo Storioni Violin

Brompton's Fine & Rare Instruments in London has today announced the £528,000 (US $675,000) sale of the 1779 ‘Ex-Ruggiero Ricci’ Lorenzo Storioni violin - the...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Yo-Yo Ma – Dvorak Cello Concerto, 1981, 25 Years Old [VIDEO]

Incredible never-before-uploaded 1981 archival performance of cellist Yo-Yo Ma performing Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B Minor - with conductor Michiyoshi Inoue and the Tokyo...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Philippe Quint – Red Violin Caprices (Arr. Violin & Ballet Dancers) [VIDEO]

Russian-American violinist Philippe Quint performing John Corigliano's 'Red Violin Caprices' - with choreography by Joffrey Ballet dancers Christine Rocas and Rory Hohenstein. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9VrIz2MOFg&showinfo=0&autohide=1 PHILIPPE QUINT & JOFFREY...

Today is Canadian Violinist Corey Cerovsek’s 45th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Canadian violinist Corey Cerovsek’s 45th birthday! A recognised child prodigy, he made his professional debut aged just 9 - and graduated from Indiana...

VC YOUNG ARTIST | Kevin Zhu, 17 – 2018 Paganini International Violin Competition 1st Prize Winner

17-year-old American violinist Kevin Zhu is quickly building an impressive international reputation as a prodigious young talent of enormous potential. A student of Itzhak Perlman and Li...

Russian Violinist & Pedagogue Efrem Zimbalist Born On This Day in 1890 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-born violin virtuoso, pedagogue and composer Efrem Zimbalist was born on this day in 1890. A student of Leopold Auer, he is remembered as one of the...

VC MASTERCLASS | Violin Pedagogue Miriam Fried – Bach’s Solo Violin Sonata No. 2, Grave [LEARN]

New England Conservatory violin pedagogue Miriam Fried works us through the 'Grave' from of Bach's Solo Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor. Recorded in 6...

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VC YOUNG ARTIST | Timothy Chooi, 24 – Menuhin & Michael Hill Competition Prizes

24-year-old Canadian violinist Timothy Chooi is firmly establishing a reputation as an emerging young virtuoso of exceptional promise – praised for his maturity, presence and...

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