Wednesday, April 24, 2019

THROWBACK THURSDAY | Milwaukee Breaking News – ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius Robbery [2014]

2014 Milwaukee breaking news report of the theft of the $6 Million Lipinski Stradivarius violin - following a brazen attack and robbery of Milwaukee...

Saint-Saëns’ ‘Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso’ Premiered On This Day in 1863 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Camille Saint-Saëns' celebrated violin showpiece Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso premiered on this day in 1863 – 156 years ago. The first performance was given by...

Today is VC Artist Augustin Hadelich’s 35th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Italian-German VC Artist Augustin Hadelich’s 35th birthday! A graduate of the Istituto Mascagni and The Juilliard School, he is a former 1st prize...

OUT NOW | Metral Trio’s New CD: ‘Mendelssohn Piano Trios’ [LISTEN]

Aparté Records has this month announced the release of the French-based Metral Trio's new album: Mendelssohn Piano Trios. The disc features Felix Mendelssohn's Piano Trio...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist Ida Kavafian – ‘Making Scales More Enjoyable’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Vincenzo Sandi, from Milan was keen to know: 'Are there any tricks or techniques to make practicing scales more enjoyable?' We threw...

VC VOX POP | “Does Your Instrument Have a Pet Name?” [Q&A]

“Does your instrument have a pet name? The Violin Channel recently caught up with 30+ of the world’s top string players to find out …   Australian Soloist,...

Semi-Finalists Announced at 2019 Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition

The 9 Semi-Finalists have today been announced at the 2019 Joseph Joachim International Chamber Music Competition – in Weimar, Germany. The 9 Semi-Finalists are: The Saint-Petersburg...

SAD NEWS | British Double Bassist & Composer Tony Osborne Has Died – Aged 71 [RIP]

British double bassist, composer and arranger Tony Osborne has passed away – aged 71. A graduate of London's Royal Academy of Music, his works included a...

Royal Philharmonic Society Awards Stephen Sondheim Honorary Membership

The Royal Philharmonic Society, in London, has this week announced legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim as an Honorary Member of the Society -...

VC Rising Star Christian Li Awarded Israel’s Keshet Eilon Mastercourse Scholarship

11-year-old violinist, VC Rising Star Christian Li has this week been announced as the recipient of the 2019 Nora Goodridge Scholarship - to be...

Prizes Awarded at New York’s Chappaqua Orchestra Concerto Competition

12-year-old violinist Kento Hong from the United States has this week been awarded 1st prize in the Junior Division of the 2019 Chappaqua Orchestra...

AUDITION | Los Angeles Philharmonic – ‘Section 1st Violin’ Positions [APPLY]

The Los Angeles Philharmonic in Los Angeles, United States is currently accepting applications for 3 Section 1st Violin positions. Applications to be received by May 1st, 2019. For...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Violinist Gérard Poulet – Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4 [1952 ARCHIVAL]

Incredible never-before-uploaded 1952 archival audio recording of violinist Gérard Poulet performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major. Recorded live with conductor Rudolf Paumgartner...

New York’s Young Concert Artists Announce New Composer-in-Residence

Young Concert Artists, in New York City, has this week announced 26-year-old American composer Saad Haddad as its new Composer-in-Residence - effective from the...

Mozart’s London Childhood Summer Townhouse Has Sold for £7.5 million

It has been announced this week that the home where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed his 1st Symphony has sold in London for £7.5 million. It's understood...

Composer Johannes Brahms Died On This Day in 1897 – Aged 63 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer and pianist Johannes Brahms died on this day in 1897 – 122 years ago. Brahms passed away from liver and pancreas cancer, aged...

VC INSTA TAKEOVER | Violinist Francesca Dego – Live from Florence’s Teatro Verdi

VC recently caught up with Italian violinist Francesca Dego for a behind-the-scenes Instagram takeover — direct from the Teatro Verdi in Florence, Italy.     View this post...

AUDITION | Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden – ‘Joint Sub-Principal Cello’ Position [APPLY]

The Covent Garden Royal Opera House Orchestra, in London, is currently accepting applications for a Joint Sub-Principal Cello position. Applications to be received by April 15th,...

Veteran Columbia Artists Manager Douglas Sheldon Announces Retirement

It has been announced today that veteran artist manager Douglas Sheldon has retired from Columbia Artists New York, after 53 years - effective immediately. Mr...

Previously Unknown Sir Edward Elgar Manuscript Has Sold at Auction

A previously unknown 1924 manuscript, written and signed by English composer Sir Edward Elgar, has this week sold at auction, in London, for £5400. It's...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | TwoSet Violin – $1000 Violin vs $10,000,000 Violin [ULTIMATE TEST]

Australian funsters TwoSet Violin and VC Young Artist Yu-Chien Benny Tseng undertake the ultimate challenge, to find out …. "What’s better, a $1000 violinist...

OUT NOW | Engegård Quartet’s New CD: ‘Mozart String Quartets’ [LISTEN]

LAWO Records has this month announced the release of the Norwegian-based Engegård String Quartet's new album: Mozart String Quartets. The disc features Mozart's String Quartet...

AUDITION | Vancouver Symphony, Canada – ‘Principal Cello’ Position [APPLY]

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in Vancouver, Canada is currently accepting applications for the Principal Cello position. Applications to be received by May 6th, 2019. For further details,...

SAD NEWS | Lithuanian Composer Anatolijus Šenderovas Has Died – Aged 74 [RIP]

Celebrated Lithuanian composer Anatolijus Šenderovas has passed away - aged 74. A graduate of the Lithuanian State Conservatory, Tel Aviv Rubin Music Academy and the...

Berlin Radio Symphony Announces New Principal Guest Conductor

The Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra has today announced the appointment of American conductor Karina Canellakis as its new Principal Guest Conductor - effective from the...

Cellist Camille Thomas To Join Germany’s Liu Kotow Artist Management Roster

It has been announced today that 30-year-old French-Belgian cellist Camille Thomas will join the Hannover-based roster of Liu Kotow Management – for worldwide general...

WITH NICKY | Violinist Nicola Benedetti – No. 7 ‘Back To Basics: Left Hand 2’ [ADVICE]

This, the seventh in the ‘With Nicky’ series, violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti talks us through more of the basics of the left hand. "Before you watch this...

NEW MUSIC TUESDAY | Composer Tyshawn Sorey – ‘Everything Changes, Nothing Changes’ For String Quartet [PREMIERE]

The New York-based JACK Quartet performing the American premiere performance of American composer Tyshawn Sorey’s new work: Everything Changes, Nothing Changes for String Quartet. "Last summer,...

Prizes Awarded at Poland’s Telemann International Violin Competition

13-year-old Leonard Toschev from Germany and 15-year-old Wojciech Niedziółka from Poland have been awarded joint 1st prize at the 2019 Telemann International Violin Competition...

No 1st Prize Awarded at Berlin’s Max Rostal International Violin Competition

Violinists Daniel Cho from South Korea/United States, Kyumin Park from South Korea and Johanna Pichlmair from Austria have this week been awarded joint 2nd...

VC LIVE | Violinist VC Artist Bella Hristova & Pianist Anna Polonsky Recital — Live from New York

VC Facebook Live webcast of violinist, VC Artist Bella Hristova and pianist Anna Polonsky performing live in recital - direct from New York's Merkin...

Prize Winners Announced at Berlin’s Max Rostal International Viola Competition

24-year-old German violist Tobias Reifland has this week been awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Max Rostal International Viola Competition - in Berlin. A student...

VC GIVEAWAY | Win 1 of 5 Signed Cellist Christoph Croisé ‘Haydn Vivaldi’ CDs [ENTER]

To help celebrate the international release of Swiss cellist Christoph Croisé's new album Haydn Vivaldi, The Violin Channel in conjunction with Avie Records is...

German-Based Auryn String Quartet Set to Disband After 40 Years

The German-based Auryn String Quartet has today announced they are set to disband at the end of the 2020-21 season – after 40 years as...

VC WEB BLOG | Violinist Federico Agostini – ‘Why Is Slow Practice So Important?’ [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Eastman School of Music faculty member, Violin Professor Federico Agostini. In a VC-exclusive guest blog, the Italian-born violinist...

Cellist Taeguk Mun ‘Homage to Pablo Casals’ CD Winners Announced!

And the winners are in!   The following 5 lucky VC members will each be receiving a fresh-off-the-press personally-autographed CD copy of South-Korean cellist Taeguk Mun’s new...

MANIC MONDAY | J.S. Bach … As A Pancake [WHAT]

Washington State illustrator Nathan Shields steps us through the art of baking your own Johann Sebastian Bach pancakes …   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAdoVyT8Xg0    

Russian Piano Virtuoso & Composer Sergei Rachmaninoff was Born On This Day in 1873 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian composer, piano virtuoso and conductor Sergei Rachmaninoff was born on this day in 1873. Dying in 1943, he is remembered as one of the...

OUT NOW | Cellist Christoph Croisé’s New CD: ‘Haydn Vivaldi’ [LISTEN]

Avie Records has this month announced the release of Swiss cellist Christoph Croisé's new album: Haydn Vivaldi. Recorded with violinist Sherniyaz Mussakhan and the Eurasian...

SAD NEWS | Vlach String Quartet Cellist Viktor Moučka Has Died – Aged 93 [RIP]

Czech cellist Viktor Moučka has passed away - aged 93. A graduate of the Prague Conservatory where he studied with cello pedagogue Karel Sádl, Mr...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Rising Star Christian Li – Dvorak ‘Sonatina’, 11-Years-Old [2019]

2018 Junior Menuhin Competition 1st prize winner, 11-year-old violinist VC Rising Star Christian Li performing Dvorak’s 'Sonatina' in G Major - with pianist Laurence...

AUDITION | Halle Orchestra, Manchester, England – ‘Principal Double Bass’ Position [APPLY]

The Halle Orchestra, in Manchester, England is currently accepting applications for the Principal Double Bass position. Applications to be received by April 9th, 2019. For further details, visit:...

Robert Spano Appointed New Principal Guest Conductor of Fort Worth Symphony

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, in Fort Worth, Texas, United States has this week announced the appointment of American conductor Robert Spano as its...

New Documentary Based on ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius Violin Robbery to Be Released

It has been announced this week that a new feature-length documentary film, based the robbery of Milwaukee Symphony Concertmaster Frank Almond’s Stradivarius violin in...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Alena Baeva & Vadym Kholodenko – Respighi Violin Sonata [2018]

Russian-born violinist Alena Baeva and pianist Vadym Kholodenko performing Respighi's Violin Sonata in B Minor. Recorded live on the 22nd of August 2018 - at...

OUT NOW | Violinist Henry Raudales’ New CD: ‘Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’ [LISTEN]

BR Klassik Records has announced the release of Guatemala-born violinist Henry Raudales' new album: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Recorded with the Munich Radio Orchestra, the disc...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Violinist Mischa Elman – Beethoven Violin Concerto [1956 ARCHIVAL]

Incredible never-before-uploaded 1956 archival audio recording of legendary violinist Mischa Elman performing Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major. Recorded live with conductor Georg Solti and...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Violinist Henning Kraggerud – ‘Winter’ from Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ [CHILLY]

Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud performing Winter from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons - with the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. Recorded in Winter 2019 outdoors at the Fjellheisen...

Austrian Composer Joseph Haydn was Born on This Day in 1732 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian composer Joseph Haydn was born on this day in 1732 - 287 years ago. Often referred to as the 'Father of the Symphony' and...

American Violin Pedagogue Dorothy DeLay Was Born On This Day in 1917 [ON THIS DAY]

Famed American violin teacher Dorothy DeLay was born on this day in 1917. She is remembered as one of the most respected violin pedagogues of...

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