Thursday, September 19, 2019

Hungarian Violin Virtuoso Joseph Szigeti Was Born On This Day in 1892 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian violin virtuoso Joseph Szigeti was born on this day in 1892. A strong advocate of new music, he was the dedicatee of a number...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | Violinist Christine Lim – Menuhin Competition [2014]

The then 19-year-old South Korean-born Christine Lim's 3rd prize winning performance in the Final of the 2014 Menuhin Competition - in Austin, Texas. It has...

Today is French Violinist Patrice Fontanarosa’s 77th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is French violin virtuoso Patrice Fontanarosa’s 77th birthday! A former prize winner at the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Violin Competition, he served as Concertmaster of the Orchestre...

Today is German-American Violinist David Garrett’s 39th Birthday [ON-THIS DAY]

Today is German-American violinist David Garrett’s 39th birthday! A protégé of Ida Haendel and Itzhak Perlman, David, at the age of 13, became the youngest artist in history to...

Hungarian Violinist & Conductor Tibor Varga Died On This Day in 2003 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian violinist and conductor Tibor Varga died on this day in 2003 – aged 82. A student of Carl Flesch and Jeno Hubay, Maestro Varga is remembered as one of...

Candidates Announced for Germany’s 2019 ARD International Cello Competition

The 64 candidates have been announced for the 2019 ARD International Cello Competition – to be held in Munich, Germany from 4th to the...

Hilary Hahn to Take 1 Year Sabbatical From Performing – Effective Immediately

Violinist Hilary Hahn has this week announced her intention to take a 1 year sabbatical from performing concerts - effective from September 1st, 2019. The...

RBP ON JSB | Rachel Barton Pine – ‘Adagio’ from Bach’s G Minor Solo Sonata [NEW SERIES]

In a new 26-part weekly VC exclusive video series, American violinist Rachel Barton Pine talks us through the intricacies of the opening movement 'Adagio' from...

VC ARTIST | Sergey Malov – ‘Violin, Viola and Violoncello da Spalla Virtuoso’

Russian-born violinist, violist and violoncello da spalla virtuoso Sergey Malov is building an international reputation as an outstanding and versatile young string soloist. A graduate...

NEW MUSIC TUESDAY | Composer Samuel Adler – Violin Concerto [PREMIERE RECORDING]

Korean-American violinist Siwoo Kim performing the world-premiere recording of acclaimed American composer Samuel Adler’s Violin Concerto - with conductor Emily Freeman Brown and the...

Italian Baroque Composer & Violinist Pietro Locatelli Was Born On This Day in 1695 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian Baroque composer and violinist Pietro Locatelli was born on this day in 1695. A student of Arcangelo Corelli, Locatelli's sizeable contribution to the violin repertoire includes...

Today is French Cellist Gautier Capuçon’s 38th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is French cellist Gautier Capuçon's 38th birthday! A protégé of Annie Cochet-Zakine, Philippe Muller and Heinrich Schiff, Gautier today performs regularly as a soloist with...

SAD NEWS | Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Mario Davidovsky Has Died – Aged 85 [RIP]

Pulitzer Prize-winning Argentinian-American composer Mario Davidovsky has passed away in New York City - aged 85. A student of Aaron Copland and Milton Babbitt, Mr...

Czech Conductor & Violinist Václav Neumann Died On This Day in 1995 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Czech conductor and violinist Václav Neumann died on this day in 1995. He held principal conducting positions with the Komische Oper Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester and...

MANIC MONDAY | Tchaikovsky – ‘Swan Lake’ (Arr. Violin & Tutu) [LOL]

Salvatore 'Crazy Violinist' Lombardo … performing Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake solos for violin .... and tutu …   https://www.facebook.com/100005751166372/videos/896771150524582/

BREAKING | Joint-1st Prize Awarded at Banff International Quartet Competition

The London-based Marmen Quartet and the Los Angeles-based Viano String Quartet have just minutes ago been awarded joint-1st prize at the 2019 Banff International...

Prizes Awarded at Germany’s Kloster Schöntal International Violin Competition

The category prize winners have today been announced at the 2019 Kloster Schöntal International Violin Competition – in Schöntal, Germany. 10-year-old Riisa Nakahara from Japan was awarded...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Gil Shaham – Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2, Proms Festival [2019]

Violinist Gil Shaham performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor – with conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Recorded live on the...

Today is Japanese Conductor Seiji Ozawa’s 84th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa’s 84th birthday! One of the greatest conductors of the past Century, Maestro Ozawa has served principal conducting positions with...

French Violinist Jacques Thibaud Died On This Day in 1953 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French violinist and pedagogue Jacques Thibaud died on this day in 1953, in a plane crash – aged 73. The dedicatee of Ysaye’s 2nd Solo Sonata, his famed...

BREAKING | Finalists Announced at Canada’s Banff International String Quartet Comp

The three ensembles progressing to the Final Round of the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition have just minutes ago been announced - in...

Today is Violin Virtuoso Vadim Repin’s 48th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Belgian-Russian violin virtuoso Vadim Repin’s 48th birthday! A protégé of Zakhar Bron, he is a former 1st prize winner at the Wienaiwski and Queen Elisabeth International Violin...

Today is Israeli-American Violin Virtuoso Itzhak Perlman’s 74th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Israeli-American violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman’s 74th birthday! A protégé of Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay, Mr Perlman is widely regarded as one the greatest violinists of the...

VC LIVE | 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition [LIVE]

Watch the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition live on The Violin Channel – direct from Banff, Alberta, Canada.   2019 BANFF INTERNATIONAL STRING QUARTET COMPETITION FINAL...

Today is Armenian-American Violist Kim Kashkashian’s Birthday! [ON THIS DAY]

Today is Armenian-American violist Kim Kashkashian’s birthday! A student of Karen Tuttle, Ms Kashkashian is a former prize winner at the Lionel Tertis and ARD International Viola Competitions. She currently...

Today is VC Artist Nikita Boriso-Glebsky’s 34th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is VC Artist Nikita Boriso-Glebsky’s 34th birthday! A graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth, Nikita is a former...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | Rolston Quartet – Banff String Quartet Comp 1st Prize [2016]

The Canadian-based Rolston String Quartet‘s 1st prize winning performance in the Final of the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition. Watch the 2019 Banff International...

Finalists Announced at Germany’s Kloster Schöntal Violin Competition

The category Finalists have today been announced at the 2019 Kloster Schöntal International Violin Competition – in Schöntal, Germany. The Junior Division (14 Years and Younger) Finalists...

SAD NEWS | Australian Violinist Pamela Dowsett Has Died – Aged 74 [RIP]

Australian-born violinist and teacher Pamela Dowsett has passed away from cancer - aged 74. A graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, where she studied...

VERY SAD NEWS | British Composer Jonathan Goldstein Has Died in a Plane Crash [RIP]

British film and television composer Jonathan Goldstein has died in a plane crash. The award-winning composer was flying a plane from Switzerland to Italy with...

Philadelphia Orchestra Announces Appointment of New 2nd Violinist

The Philadelphia Orchestra has this week announced the appointment of 24-year-old South Korean-born violinist Christine Lim to the ensemble’s 2nd violin section. A graduate of the...

Sphinx Organization Announces 2020 ‘Medals of Excellence’ Grant Recipients

The Sphinx Organization, a US non-profit organization dedicated to the development of young American Black and Latin classical musicians, has this week announced the 3...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | VC Artist Dover Quartet – Banff String Quartet Comp 1st Prize [2013]

VC Artist Dover Quartet's 1st prize winning performance in the Final of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition. Watch the 2019 Banff International String...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Meet the Violinist Snake Charmer … [WHAT]

Meet the violinist snake charmer ...   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2BFaqrNSmc

Hungarian Conductor István Kertész Was Born On This Day in 1929 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Internationally acclaimed Hungarian conductor István Kertész was born on this day in 1929. Remembered as one of the finest conductors of the 20th Century, he served conducting...

Austrian Conductor Karl Böhm Was Born On This Day in 1894 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian conductor Karl Böhm was born on this day in 1894. Dying in 1981, Maestro Bohm is remembered as one of the greatest symphonic and...

NEW MUSIC TUESDAY | Composer Michael Torke – ‘Sky’ Violin Concerto [PREMIERE]

Violinist, VC Artist Tessa Lark performing the world premiere recording of American composer Michael Torke’s newly-premiered 'Sky' Concerto for Violin & Orchestra - with conductor David...

VC YOUNG ARTISTS | LGT Young Soloists – ‘Highly Gifted Young International String Soloists’

The Swiss-based LGT Young Soloists string ensemble is quickly building an international reputation as a youth orchestra of exceptional skill and artistic merit.  Comprising highly...

MANIC MONDAY | The 7-Tone Fart Symphony [CLICK AT OWN RISK]

Introducing Shonky Brothers' symphonic composer Loz's newest composition ... 'The 7 Tone Fart Symphony' - based on the dulcet tones of his own flatulence ....   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tk-5RVMerfI

Semi-Finalists Announced at Germany’s Kloster Schöntal Violin Competition

The category Semi-Finalists have today been announced at the 2019 Kloster Schöntal International Violin Competition – in Schöntal, Germany. The Junior Division (14 Years and Younger) Semi-Finalists...

Prizes Awarded at Switzerland’s Tibor Varga International Violin Competition

22-year-old Anna Agafia Egholm from Denmark has today been awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Tibor Varga International Violin Competition – in Sion, Switzerland. A graduate of...

French Violinist & Pedagogue Jacques Mazas Died On This Day in 1849 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French violinist, composer and pedagogue Jacques Mazas died on this day in 1849. A student of Pierre Baillot, Mazas is remembered in history for his technique-building studies, etudes...

Conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch Was Born On This Day in 1923 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German conductor and pianist Wolfgang Sawallisch was born on this day in 1923. Passing away in 2013, he is remembered as one of the finest conductors of the...

Candidates Announced for 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition

The 10 opening round quartets have been announced for the 2019 13th Banff International String Quartet Competition – to be held in Banff, Canada from the...

Today is Israeli-Born Violinist Ivry Gitlis’ 97th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Israeli violin virtuoso Ivry Gitlis’ 97th birthday! A student of Carl Flesch, George Enescu and Jacques Thibaud, Mr Gitlis is widely respsected as one of the pre-eminent violinists...

American Composer and Conductor Leonard Bernstein Born On This Day in 1918 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein was born on this day in 1918. Dying in 1990, Maestro Bernstein is remembered as one of the most...

Today is VC Artist Yu-Chien Benny Tseng’s 25th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Taiwanese violin virtuoso, VC Artist Yu-Chien Benny Tseng's 25th birthday! A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Aaron Rosand...

Candidates Announced for 2019 Kloster Schöntal International Violin Competition

The category opening-round candidates have been announced for the 2019 Kloster Schöntal International Violin Competition – to be held in Schöntal, Germany from the 22nd of...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | Violinist Stefani Matsuo – Michael International Violin Comp [2011]

2011 archival footage of the then 22-year-old Stefani Matsuo (nee. Collins) performing Wieniawski’s ‘Variations on an Original Theme’ - in the opening round of...

Scottish Violist William Primrose Was Born On This Day in 1904 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Scottish violist William Primrose was born on this day in 1904 – 115 years ago. Dying in 1982, he is remembered as one of the preeminent...

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