Friday, April 19, 2019

Russian Cellist Rustem Khamidullin Awarded 1st Prize at Gisborne International Competition

25 year old Russian-born cellist Rustem Khamidullin has been awarded 1st Prize at the 2014 Gisborne International Music Competition, in New Zealand. 2nd Prize was awarded...

BREAKING NEWS: Emotions Boil Over as Greek National Orchestra hit the Copping Block

The Greek public broadcasting network, ERT, due to economic uncertainty, has been forced to lay off 2,700 employees - including all members and management...

New York Music School Director Arrested on Abuse Charges

Long Island City Academy of Music Founder and Director Oliver Sohngen has been arrested - accused of 8 counts of allegedly abusing school girls...

Digital Downloads Dip for the First Time in a Decade

As CD sales have rapidly plunged over the past decade, the music industry has clung hope to the steep incline of digital downloads New data...

Cellist Maya Beiser Awarded $50,000 USA Artists Fellowship

Israeli-American cellist Maya Beiser has today been announced as 1 of 37 recipients of a 2015 United States Artists Distinguished Fellow in Music prize. Organized...

AUDITION | BBC National Orchestra of Wales, United Kingdom – ‘Principal Violin’ Position

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales is currently accepting applications for the ‘Principal Violin’ position. Applications to be received by April 24th, 2016. For further details,...

Special Prizes Announced at 2016 Menuhin Competition

The special prizes have today been announced at the 2016 Menuhin Competition, in London. The 'Audience Prize' of £500 in Junior Competition was awarded to...

Camille Saint Saens’ Cello Concerto No 1 in A minor Premiered On This Day in 1873 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Camille Saint-Saens' Cello Concerto No 1 in A minor Op. 33 premiered on this day in 1873 – 144 years ago. The first performance was...

OUT NOW | Violinist Arabella Steinbacher’s New CD: ‘Richard Strauss: Aber der Richtige’ [LISTEN]

Pentatone Records has this week announced the release of Germany violin virtuoso Arabella Steinbacher's new album: Richard Strauss: Aber der Richtige ... Violin Concerto Miniatures. Recorded with conductor Lawrence...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Ida Haendel – Schumann Violin Concerto, 1960 [AUDIO]

Violin virtuoso Ida Haendel performing Schumann’s Violin Concerto in D Minor – with conductor, Lorin Maazel and the Kölner Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester. Recorded live on February 8,...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Vadim Gluzman – Schnittke Violin Concerto No. 4, Live, 2014 [VIDEO]

Violinist, Vadim Gluzman performing Schnittke's Violin Concerto No. 4 - with conductor Hannu Lintu and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Recorded live on October 10th, 2014...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | TwoSet Violin – “What Does Viola Say?” [ROFL]

Australian funsters TwoSet Violin tell us 'what does viola say' ... a musical homage to the Norwegian electronic dance hit ... Recorded at the Norwegian Academy of...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Menuhin/Karajan – Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 [VIDEO]

American-British virtuoso Yehudi Menuhin performing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major. Recorded with conductor Herbert von Karajan and the Vienna Symphony. YEHUDI MENUHIN |...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers – 18 Years Old, 1989 [VIDEO]

Incredible 1989 archival footage of the then 18 year old violinist Anne Akiko Meyers performing Lalo's 'Symphonie Espagnole' - with conductor Marek Janowski and...

VC LIVE | Violinist Lara St John – VC Takeover, Live from Wolf Trap [LIVE]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with … wait, was recently taken over by … Canadian violinist Lara St John for a Facebook Livestream with...

SAD NEWS | British composer Sir John Tavener has Died – Aged 69

British composer Sir John Tavener has passed away – aged 69 His signature works include the cantata 'The Whale', 'The Protecting Veil' for Cello and...

OUT NOW | Elias String Quartet’s New Album: ‘Schumann Quartets Nos. 2 & 3’ [LISTEN]

Alpha Classics has this week announced the release of the Elias String Quartet’s new album ‘Schumann’ - featuring Robert Schumann’s 2nd and 3rd String Quartets. “We’ve...

VC MASTERCLASS | Conductor Benjamin Zander – Elgar Cello Concerto Masterclass [LEARN]

English conductor Benjamin Zander works us through a cello masterclass on the 1st movement of Elgar's Cello Concerto in E Minor. Recorded live on April 11th,...

New Research Finds Playing Flute or Clarinet Can Reduce Snoring

Research presented this week at the 2015 Sleep and Breathing Conference, in Barcelona has suggested that playing a wind instrument can significantly decrease a...

German-American Composer Paul Hindemith Died On This Day in 1963 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German-American composer Paul Hindemith died on this day in 1963. A prolific composer, his contributions to the string repertoire include 6 violin sonatas, a violin...

VC INSIGHT | Violin Pedagogue Ole Bohn – ‘5 Common Technical Problems & How to Fix Them’ [LEARN]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Sydney Conservatorium of Music Violin Professor, Norwegian violinist Ole Bohn. In a VC-exclusive guest blog, Ole discusses the 5 most common technical problems...

SAD NEWS | Dutch Conductor & Educator Jan Stulen Has Died – Aged 75

Dutch conductor and pedagogue Jan Stulen has passed away suddenly - aged 75. A graduate of the Amsterdam Conservatory, throughout his five decade career, Maestro...

German-Swiss Violinist Adolf Busch Died On This Day in 1952 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German-Swiss violinist, conductor and composer Adolf Busch died on this day in 1952 - aged 60. A student of Willy Hess and Bram Eldering, he...

Portland Symphony Orchestra Announces New Music Director

The Portland Symphony Orchestra, in Portland, Maine, United States has today announced the appointment of 48-year-old German-born conductor Eckart Preu as its next music director...

London Symphony Concertmaster Gordan Nikolitch Steps Down After 19 Seasons

It has been announced that violinist Gordan Nikolitch has stepped down as Joint-Concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra - after 19 seasons co-leading the...

Candidates Announced for Detroit’s 2019 Annual Sphinx String Competition

The 10 Senior and 9 Junior Semi-Finalists have been announced for the 2019 22nd Annual Sphinx Competition - to be held in Detroit, United States...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Stephen Kim – Paganini International Violin Competition, 3rd Prize [2018]

22-year-old Stephen Kim‘s 3rd prize-winning performances – in the Final round of the 2018 Paganini International Violin Competition, in Genoa, Italy. Recorded live on the 13th and...

BREAKING NEWS | VC ‘Young Artist’ Nikki Chooi Awarded 1st Prize at Michael Hill International

Former VC 'Young Artist of the Week', 24 year old Canadian violinist Nikki Chooi has been awarded 1st Prize at the 2013 Michael Hill...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Sirena Huang – 2016 Shanghai Violin Comp, 3rd Prize [VIDEO]

Violinist Sirena Huang, from the United States performing Wieniawski’s 'Faust Fantasie Brillante' and Bartok's Violin Concerto No. 2 – in the Final of the...

AUDITION | Budapest Concerto Symphony, Hungary – ‘Concertmaster’ Position

The Budapest Concerto Symphony Orchestra is currently accepting applications for the ‘Concertmaster’ position. Applications to be received by August 31st, 2016. For further details, visit: http://bit.ly/2biXbJ4

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...

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Awarded $400,000 Grant for Youth Programme

It has been announced today that the New York-based conductor-less Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has been awarded the $400,000 Andrew W Mellon Foundation grant -...

New-Look Minnesota Orchestra Announce New Assistant Conductor

The Minnesota Orchestra has today announced the appointment of 27 year old, Roderick Cox - as their new Assistant Conductor. A graduate of Northwestern University, Roderick has previously...

Italian Composer Giacomo Puccini Died On This Day in 1924 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian composer Giacomo Puccini died on this day in 1924. His signature works include some of the most frequently performed operas in history – including:...

Candidates Announced for Belgium’s 2018 Grumiaux International Violin Competition

The 89 candidates have been announced for the 2018 International Grumiaux Competition for Young Violinists - to be held from the 29th of March...

Rebuilding St Paul Chamber Orchestra Announces New Principal Cellist

The Minnesota-based, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has today announced the appointment of American cellist Julie Albers as their new Principal Cellist. “We feel extremely fortunate to have...

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...

ARCHIVE FIND | 1949 Kubelik International Violin Comp – Loveday, Pikaizen & Bezrodny [VIDEO]

Incredible never-before-released archival footage from the British Pathé Film Archive, recorded live in Prague in 1949 - from the final of the Jan Kubelik International...

MEET THE PROS | Russian-Swiss Violinist Ilya Gringolts – VC 20 Questions [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Russian-born Swiss violin virtuoso and 2016 Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition jury member, Ilya Gringolts. We sat him...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Antonio Meneses – Tchaikovsky ‘Rococo Variations’, 1991 [NEW VIDEO]

Incredible never-before-uploaded 1991 performance of Brazilian cellist Antonio Meneses performing Tchaikovsky's 'Rococo Variations' - with conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev and the Moscow Radio Symphony. Recorded live at...

Candidates Announced for George Enescu International Competition

The 54 violin and 53 cello candidates have today been announced for the 2016 George Enescu International Music Competition - to be held in Bucharest, Romania...

American Violinist Maud Powell Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violin virtuoso Maud Powell was born on this day in 1868 - 148 years ago. A student of Henry Schradieck, Charles Dancla and Joseph Joachim,...

VC GIVEAWAY | Enter to Win 1 of 5 Signed Lisa Batiashvili ‘Visions of Prokofiev’ CDs [ENTER]

To help celebrate the international release of Georgian violin virtuoso Lisa Batiashvili’s new album Visions of Prokofiev, The Violin Channel is this week giving...

Violinist Olympic Skier Vanessa-Mae Cleared of Race Fixing Allegation

Violinist-turned-Olympic-skier Vannesa-Mae has had her 4 year ban overturned by the International Skiing Federation – after being accused of race fixing false Olympic qualifying times...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Maria Włoszczowska – 2016 Wieniawski Comp 6th Prize [VIDEO]

25 year old Maria Włoszczowska‘s 6th prize winning performances – in the Final of the 2016 Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition, in Poznań, Poland. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDnFxr2rWMs&showinfo=0&autohide=1 MARIA WLOSZCZOWSKA | WIENIAWSKI...

Violinist Sarah Chang Robbed of Valuables on Flight to Russia

Russian media has today reported that Korean-American violinist Sarah Chang has had more than US $12,000 worth of valuables stolen from her luggage on...

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...

Today is German-American Violinist David Garrett’s 38th Birthday [ON-THIS DAY]

Today is German-American violinist David Garrett’s 38th birthday! A protégé of Ida Haendel and Itzhak Perlman, David, at the age of 13, became the youngest artist in history to...

VC WEB BLOG | VC Young Artist Timothy Chooi – ‘My Experience on the Astral Artists Roster’ [BLOG]

With the applications set to close on March 7th for the 2018 Astral Artists National Auditions, VC recently caught up with 2016 1st prize winner, VC...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Zino Francescatti – Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4, Live 1974 [AUDIO]

Incredible 1974 archival recording of French virtuoso Zino Francescatti performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major. Recorded live with conductor Moshe Atzmon and...

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