Monday, February 18, 2019

Leipzig Quartet Violinist’s Attempted Murder Charge Dropped

German violinist Stefan Arzberger, who was charged with attempted murder in a New York City court last year, has today been given an unconditional...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Quick Guide: How Violin Gut Strings Are Made [VIDEO]

A 5 minute step-by-step guide to the process of making gut strings for bowed instruments. Warning – video does contain images of animal intestines. HOW GUT...

SAD NEWS | Acclaimed British-Australian Composer Roger Smalley Has Died

British-born Australian composer and pianist Roger Smalley has died – aged 72. A student of Peter Racine Fricker, John White, Alexander Goehr and Karlheinz Stockhausen,...

VC LIVE | Nicola Benedetti & Wynton Marsalis – Live from New York’s WQXR [LIVE]

VC Facebook Live webcast with award-winning Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti and legendary American trumpeter, composer and Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director, Wynton Marsalis – direct from WQXR‘s Greene Space in...

Russian Violin Virtuoso Julian Sitkovetsky Born On This Day in 1925 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian violin virtuoso Julian Sitkovetsky was born on this day in 1925 – 93 years ago. Dying aged just 32 from lung cancer, David Oistrakh...

Applications Open for Canada’s Banff International String Quartet Competition [APPLY]

Applications are now open for the 2019 13th Banff International String Quartet Competition – to be held in Banff, Canada from the 24th of August to the...

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...

BREAKING | 4 Senior Finalists Announced at Detroit’s Sphinx Competition

4 Senior Finalists have just minutes ago been announced at the 2019 22nd Annual Sphinx Competition – in Detroit, United States.   Open to American Black and Latino...

LA Phil Announces 2018/19 Dudamel Young Conductors’ Fellowship Program Recipients

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has this week announced the four 2018/2019 Dudamel Fellowship recipients. The four young international conductors will be invited to develop their conducting craft...

Today is Greek Violin Virtuoso Leonidas Kavakos’ 51st Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Greek violin virtuoso Leonidas Kavakos' 51st birthday. A former 1st prize winner at Sibelius, Naumburg and Paganini International Violin Competitions, he is widely respected...

VC INTERVIEW | Elmar Oliveira – Artistic Director, Elmar Oliveira International Violin Comp [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with violinist Elmar Oliveira, Distinguished Artist in Residence at Lynn University and Founder & Artistic Director of the inaugural...

VERY SAD NEWS | Eminent French Conductor Georges Pretre Has Died – Aged 92

French orchestral and operatic conductor Georges Pretre has passed away in his home in France - aged 92. Throughout his seven decade career, he led...

Competitors Announced for 2018 Eurovision Young Classical Musicians Contest

The 18 competitors for the 2018 Eurovision Young Musicians Contest have this week been announced - in Edinburgh, Scotland. The candidates, each nominated to represent their...

‘Jacqueline Du Pre: The Heart of the Cello’ Double CD Set Winners Announced!

And the winners are in! The following 5 lucky VC members will each be receiving a newly-released ‘Jacqueline du Pre: The Heart of the Cello’...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Soloist Maximillian Simon’s Amazing Broken-String Recovery [MUST-SEE]

A masterclass in elegance. Soloist Maximilian Simon’s graceful recovery following a mid-performance e string break. Recorded live on January 6th, 2016 - with conductor Marc...

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...

2nd Round Competitors Announced at Louis Spohr International

The following competitors have progressed through to the 2nd round of the 2013 7th Louis Spohr International Violin Competition, in Weimar, Germany Category I (14...

OUT NOW | Violinist Benjamin Schmid’s New Album: ‘Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto & Dvořák Romance’ [LISTEN]

Oehms Classics has this week announced the release of Austrian violin virtuoso, Benjamin Schmid's new album Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto & Dvořák Romance. Recorded with conductor Tibor...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Dmitri Sitkovetsky – Beethoven Violin Sonata in C Minor, 2015 [VIDEO]

Soviet-Russian-born violin virtuoso, Dmitri Sitkovetsky and pianist Yuri Rozum performing Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 7 in C Minor. Recorded live in Moscow in December 2015. DMITRI...

ASK THE PROS | Bretano Quartet’s Serena Canin – ‘How Important Are Summer Music Festivals to a Student’s Development?’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Ryan Rodriguez from the United States was keen to know: “How important are summer music festivals to a student's development?” We threw...

Today is Japanese Violinist Sayaka Shoji’s 36th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Japanese violin virtuoso Sayaka Shoji's 36th birthday! A protege of Zakhar Bron, Sayaka shot to international fame at age 16 – after winning...

AUDITION | Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands – ‘Tutti Double Bass’ Positions

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam is currently accepting applications for ‘Tutti Double Bass’ positions. Applications to be received by January 2, 2017. For further details,...

French Composer César Franck Born On This Day in 1822 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Belgian-born French composer César Franck was born on this day in 1822 – 195 years ago. Dying in 1890, aged 67, Franck’s major contribution to the violin repertoire is his legendary...

AUDITION | The Halle Orchestra, Manchester, UK – ‘Tutti Cello’ Position [APPLY]

The Halle Orchestra, in Manchester, United Kingdom, is currently accepting applications for a Tutti Cello position. Applications to be received by March 28th, 2019. For further details,...

MEET THE PROS | Violin Pedagogue, Lucie Robert – VC ’20 Questions’ [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with the Manhattan School of Music and Mannes School of Music violin faculty member, Lucie Robert. We sat the esteemed...

Age of Enlightenment Orchestra Announces New Active ‘Emeritus’ Conductor

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment has today announced American conductor and harpsichordist, William Christie among their list of Emeritus conductors. Founded in 1986,...

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...

OUT NOW | Baroque Violinist Rachel Podger’s New CD: ‘Vivaldi : The Four Seasons’ [LISTEN]

Channel Classics has this week announced the release of English Baroque violinist Rachel Podger‘s new album: Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni. Recorded with the acclaimed Brecon Baroque Ensemble, the disc...

STOLEN ALERT | Replica Carlo Bergonzi Violin Stolen in San Francisco [PLEASE SHARE]

An international alert has been issued today for a replica of the famed 1740 'Kreisler' Carlo Bergonzi violin stolen on Monday, December 28th, 2015 in...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | Violist Hae-Sue Lee – Hoffmeister Viola Concerto, 10-Years-Old [2010]

Incredible 2010 archival footage of the then 10-year-old Hae-Sue Lee performing Hoffmeister's Viola Concerto in D - with conductor Yoon Jae Lee and the Ensemble 212. 18-year-old...

Cologne’s WDR Sinfonieorchester Announces Cristian Măcelaru as New Chief Conductor

The WDR Sinfonieorchester in Cologne, Germany, has today announced the appointment of 38-year-old Romanian conductor Cristian Măcelaru as its new Chief Conductor - effective from...

Minnestota Orchestra Announces New Principal Double Bassist

The Minnesota Orchestra has today announced Kristen Bruya as their new Principal Double Bassist – the first principal appointment since the 15-month lockout ended...

VC MASTERCLASS | 2018 Menuhin Competition – Maxim Vengerov, Ysaye’s ‘Caprice d’apres l’Etude’ [LEARN]

Recorded live at the 2018 Menuhin Competition, in Geneva, violin virtuoso and jury member Maxim Vengerov works us through Eugene Ysaye’s 'Caprice d’apres l’Etude...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | How do Elephants React to Classical Music? [WOW]

Ever wondered what elephants think about classical music - and what their reaction might be? Belgium Royal Chamber Orchestra violinists, Jean-Francois Chamberlan and Anne Pigen recently put...

VC LIVE | 2018 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition, Hannover [LIVESTREAM]

Watch the 2018 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition live on The Violin Channel - direct from Hannover, Germany   JOSEPH JOACHIM INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION FINAL ROUND LIVE FROM...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Young Artist Kevin Zhu & Jun Cho – Brahms Violin Sonata No. 3 [2017]

17-year-old American violinist, VC Young Artist Kevin Zhu and pianist Jun Cho performing Brahms Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor. Recorded live on the 16th of December, 2017...

Korean Novus String Quartet Awarded 1st Prize at Mozart International

The South-Korean based Novus String Quartet has been awarded the €20,000 (USD $27,000) 1st Prize at the 11th International Mozart Competition, in Salzburg. Founded in...

Solo Prizes Awarded at American String Teachers Association Competition

21 year old Belgian-Hungarian violinist Samuel Nebyu has been awarded 1st Prize in the Senior Violin Division and the $5000 Grand Prix Prize at...

VC DESERT ISLAND DOWNLOADS | Conductor Leonard Slatkin – ‘5 Recordings I Can’t Live Without’

The Violin Channel recently caught up with esteemed American conductor, Detroit Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Maestro Leonard Slatkin – for a fun game of VC Desert Island Downloads.  We sat...

Baroque Composer Johann Pachelbel Was Born On This Day in 1653 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German Baroque composer and organist Johann Pachelbel was born on this day in 1653. Pachelbel composed a large body of sacred and secular works, his...

American Opera Singer Valerian Ruminski Fired Over Facebook Drag Queen Insult

American opera singer Valerian Ruminski has been fired from the cast of an upcoming Canadian Opera Lyra production of Tosca after posting, last Friday, what have been...

Royal Danish Opera Announce New Chief Conductor

The Royal Danish Opera has today announced the appointment of 52 year old Russian conductor Alexander Vedernikov as their new Chief Conductor - effective...

Violinist and Composer Émile Sauret Born On This Day in 1852 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French violin virtuoso and composer Émile Sauret was born on this day in 1852 – 166 years ago. A protege of Charles de Beriot and...

VC LIVE | VC Artists Attacca Quartet – VC Takeover, Live from Bay Chamber Music Festival [LIVE]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with … wait, was recently taken over by … the VC Artists Attacca Quartet – for a Facebook Livestream with...

SAD NEWS | Pioneering Jazz Violinist Svend Asmussen Has Died – Aged 100

Danish jazz violinist, composer and vaudevillian Svend Asmussen has passed away - aged 100. He will be remembered as one of the first world-class jazz musicians...

German Conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler Died On This Day in 1954 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler died on this day in 1954. Remembered as one of the greatest symphonic and operatic conductors of the 20th Century, he served...

St Paul Assistant Concertmaster Leslie Shank to Join UW-Madison String Faculty

The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music has today announced St Paul Chamber Orchestra Assistant Concertmaster, Leslie Shank is set to join the string...

VC WEB BLOG | D’Addario’s Fan-Chia Tao: ‘Understanding String Tension’ [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with D’Addario Orchestral Strings' respected Research & Development Director, Mr Fan-Chia Tao. In a VC-exclusive blog, Fan guides us through...

Italian Composer Giacomo Puccini Born On This Day in 1858 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian composer Giacomo Puccini was born on this day in 1858. Dying in 1924, his signature works include some of the most frequently performed operas...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Vadim Repin – Prokofiev Violin Concerto, 1991, 20 Years Old [VIDEO]

Incredible never-before-released 1991 archival video of the then 20 year old Vadim Repin performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 - with conductor Yevgeny Svetlanov...

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VC ARTIST | Bomsori Kim – Wieniawski, Hannover & Tchaikovsky Competition Major Prizes

South Korean violin virtuoso Bomsori Kim has, in recent years, firmly established herself as one of the eminent young, rising stars of the international concert stage. An...

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