Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Prizes Awarded at Canada’s Inaugural Isabel Overton Bader Violin Competition

27 year old Canadian violinist Yolanda Bruno has been awarded 1st prize at the 2017 inaugural Isabel Overton Bader Canadian Violin Competition, in Ontario,...

Yorkshire Young Sinfonia to Become World’s First All-Digital Youth Orchestra

It has been announced this week that the Yorkshire Young Sinfonia, in the United Kingdom, is set to become the world’s first all-digital youth...

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...

VC BUZZ | World’s First Life-Sized Playable LEGO Grand Piano [WOW]

Introducing the world's first 29,000-piece life-sized fully-playable LEGO grand piano ... Assembled by self-described Dutch 'LEGO freak' Jeroen van Veen, the plastic brick pile with...

MANIC MONDAY | The Colorado Symphony’s New Special Guest Conductor [KOOKY]

Colorado Symphony Orchestra performing John William's theme from 'Jurassic Park' at this year's Comic Con festival ... with a very special new Guest Conductor...

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Announce New Concertmaster

The Geneva-based Orchestre de la Suisse Romande has today announced the appointment of 40 year old Bulgarian violinist Svetlin Roussev as their new Concertmaster. A...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | Dong-Suk Kang – Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, 1986 [VIDEO]

Incredible 1986 archival footage of the then 32 year old South Korean violinist Dong-Suk Kang performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto - with conductor Mariss Jansons...

VC WEB BLOG | Violinist Andres Cardenes – “Preparing for the Premiere of a New Work” [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Cuban-born violinist Andres Cardenes - who last month premiered a new violin concerto written for him by Venezuelan-born composer...

French Composer Édouard Lalo Died On This Day in 1892 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French composer Édouard Lalo died on this day in 1892. Lalo's signature works include his Symphony in G Minor, Cello Concerto in D Minor – and...

BREAKING | 18 year Old Diana Adamyan Awarded 1st Prize at Menuhin Competition

18 year old Diana Adamyan from Armenia has just minutes ago been awarded 1st prize in the senior division of the 2018 Menuhin Competition...

VC Young Artist Fedor Rudin to Join Reinicke Artists Management Roster

It has been announced today that 24 year old VC Young Artist Fedor Rudin from Russia/France will join the roster of the Berlin-based Reinicke...

Cellist Steven Isserlis Awarded 2017 ‘Wigmore Hall’ Accolade

It has been announced that British cellist Steven Isserlis has been awarded the 2017 Wigmore Medal - in recognition of his long-standing relationship with...

MANIC MONDAY | The Shirtless Violinist Takes a Bath [WTF]

In his newest upload, Matthew Olshefski  … a.k.a ‘The Shirtless Violinist‘ gets himself squeaky clean at bath time ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dZ2SfFnASs&showinfo=0&autohide=1 THE SHIRTLESS VIOLINIST | SQUEAKY CLEAN | MONTI...

VC MASTERCLASS | Violin Pedagogue Virginie Robilliard – Beethoven Violin Concerto, 1st Mvt [LEARN]

Haute École de Musique de Lausanne violin pedagogue Virginie Robilliard works us through the first movement of the Beethoven Violin Concerto. Recorded in 6 camera high-definition...

Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto No. 1 Premiered On This Day in 1987 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Philip Glass' Violin Concerto No. 1 premiered on this day in 1987 - in New York City. The first performance was given by American soloist Paul...

New Record Set for World’s Most Expensive Violin Bow

Beares Auctions, London has today announced a new world record for the most expensive violin bow ever sold in history at auction. The silver and...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | Ilya Kaler – 1985 Sibelius International Violin Comp 1st Prize [VIDEO]

Incredible archival performance of the then 22 year old Ilya Kaler’s 1st prize winning performance in the Final of the 1985 Sibelius International Violin Competition...

VC LIVE | Facebook Livestream – Time for Three (Feat. Joshua Bell) [LIVE]

The Violin Channel recently caught the genre-crossing string trio, Time for Three at Joe's Pub, in New York City - for a downtown early evening set. Performance includes...

New Study Finds Playing Violin Sheds the Calories of 2 Glasses of Wine per Hour

A recent study conducted by caloriecount.com has found that on average 1 hour of violin playing burns approximately 175 calories – the equivalent of 1/2...

Veriko Tchumburidze Awarded 1st Prize at Poland’s Wieniawski Competition

20 year old Veriko Tchumburidze from Georgia/Turkey has just minutes ago been awarded 1st prize at the 2016 Wieniawski International Violin Competition, in Poznan, Poland. Joint 2nd prize...

NEW MUSIC TUESDAY | Ricardo Lorenz – “Dance Unlikely” Violin Concerto, 2017 [NEW]

Violinist Andres Cardenes performing the world premiere performance of Venezuelan-born composer Ricardo Lorenz's "Dance Unlikely" Violin Concerto. Commissioned by the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and debuted in February of...

VC GIVEAWAY | Win 1 of 10 PartPlay.co.uk Chamber Music Companion Subscriptions [ENTER]

The Violin Channel is this week giving away 10 annual subscriptions to the revolutionary new online chamber music companion, PartPlay.co.uk. The new web platform allows...

VC MASTERCLASS | Violin Pedagogue Virginie Robilliard – Waxman’s ‘Carmen Fantasy’ [LEARN]

Haute École de Musique de Lausanne violin pedagogue Virginie Robilliard works us through Franz Waxman's 'Carmen Fantasy'. Recorded in 6 camera high-definition with student violinist Reina...

Dean Aaron Dworkin To Step Down from Michigan University School of Music

It has been announced this week that Dean Aaron Dworkin is set to step down from the leadership role at the University of Michigan...

VC RISING STAR | Yesong Sophie Lee, 13 – 2016 Junior Menuhin Competition 1st Prize Winner

13 year old violinist, Yesong Sophie Lee from the United States is quickly building an international following as an emerging young virtuoso of outstanding potential. A student...

BREAKING | TwoSet Violin Smash $50,000 World Tour KickStarter Goal in 5 Days

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BREAKING | Finalists Announced at 2018 Paganini Competition – Including 3 VC Young Artists

The 6 finalists have just minutes ago been announced at the 2018 Paganini International Violin Competition, in Genoa, Italy - including 3 VC Young...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Meet Shostakovich’s Gigantic Tap-Dancing Noses [WTF]

London's Royal Opera House's humorous new take on Shostakovich's satirical operatic masterpiece: 'The Nose' .... The adventurous new production ran from the 20th October — 9th...

Prizes Awarded at 2017 Bottesini International Bass Competition

30 year old Belgian double bassist Wies de Boeve has been awarded 1st prize at the 2017 Bottesini International Double Bass Competition, in Crema,...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Joseph Silverstein – Elgar Violin Concerto, Live, 1972 [VIDEO]

Never-before-uploaded archival footage of the late Joseph Silverstein performing the Elgar Violin Concerto - with conductor Sir Colin Davis and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Recorded live...

16 Candidates Announced for New Zealand’s 2017 Michael Hill Competition

The 16 Quarter-Finalists have today been announced for the 2017 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, to be held in Queenstown and Auckland from the...

Today is VC Young Artist Veriko Tchumburidze’s 22nd Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is VC Young Artist Veriko Tchumburidze's 22nd birthday! A student of Professor Ana Chumachenko at the Munich Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Veriko is a former 1st prize...

Violinist Hilary Hahn Announces Birth of Daughter, Zelda

American violinist Hilary Hahn has today announced the birth of her first child, daughter Zelda – born last month. “My husband and I are overjoyed ...we are...

Russian-Born Virtuoso Mischa Elman Died On This Day in 1967 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-born American virtuoso Mischa Elman died on this day in 1967 – aged 76. Mr Elman is remembered as one of the finest violinists of...

Maurice Ravel’s ‘Tzigane’ Premiered On This Day in 1924 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Maurice Ravel’s showpiece 'Tzigane' premiered on this day in 1924 - 94 years ago. The first performance was given by Hungarian virtuoso Jelly d'Arányi, in London...

MEET THE PROS | Violinist & Fashion Model, Filip Pogady – VC 20 Questions [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Slovakian-born violin virtuoso and fashion model Filip Pogády. We sat him down for a fun game of VC 20 Questions...

VC MASTERCLASS | Cello Pedagogue Amit Peled – Bach ‘Cello Suite No. 6, Prelude’ [LEARN]

Acclaimed Israeli-American cello pedagogue Amit Peled works us through the 'Prelude' from Bach's Solo Cello Suite No. 6. Recorded in 6 camera high-definition with student...

Rostropovich ‘Cellist of the Century’ Box Set Winner Announced!

And the winner is in! The following lucky VC member will be receiving a newly-released 44-piece ‘Mstislav Rostropovich: Cellist of the Century’ box set -...

Composer Hans Abrahamsen Awarded Prestigious €100,000 Danish Music Bursary

65 year old Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen has today been announced as the recipient of the prestigious 2019 Léonie Sonning Music Foundation Prize. Regarded as Denmark’s...

MEET THE PROS | TwoSetViolin, Eddy Chen & Brett Yang – VC ’20 Questions’ [VIDEO]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Australian violin blog stars Eddy Chen and Brett Yang - in Brisneyland, Australia. We sat the TwoSetViolin duo down for...

Conductor Mariss Jansons Awarded Prestigious €100,000 Danish Bursary

Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons has today been announced as the recipient of the prestigious 2018 Leonie Sonning Music Foundation Prize. Regarded as Denmark’s highest classical...

SAD NEWS | Bartok String Quartet 1st Violinist Peter Komlos Has Died

Hungarian violinist Peter Komlos has passed away - aged 81. A graduate of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, he was a founding member of...

VC YOUNG ARTIST | Kerson Leong, 21 – Junior Menuhin Competition 1st Prize Winner

21-year-old Canadian violinist Kerson Leong is building an international reputation as a rising young virtuoso of outstanding potential - praised for his commanding stage presence,...

15 Things, You Know You’re a String Player, When …

Yup! You know you're a string player, when …. 1.  Your instrument costs way more than your car. 2.  You've got a hickey, but no lover. 3....

LIVE WEBSTREAM | 2018 Prague Spring International Cello Competition – Final [WEBCAST]

Live and exclusive webstream - direct from the 2018 Prague Spring International Cello Competition, in Prague, Czech Republic.   Final - 4pm - 13th May, 2018...

VC YOUNG ARTIST | Kevin Zhu, 16 – Youngest Menuhin Competition Prize Winner

16 year old American violinist Kevin Zhu is quickly building an impressive international reputation as a prodigious young talent of enormous potential. A student of...

Saddened Andre Rieu Announces New UK Arena Tour Dates

Superstar Dutch violinist Andre Rieu has today announced his rescheduled UK tour dates - following the postponement of a number of 'Andre Rieu Live'...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | Cho-Liang Lin – Beethoven Violin Concerto, 1994 [VIDEO]

Amazing 1994 archival footage of Taiwanese-American violinist Cho-Liang Lin performing Beethoven's Violin Concerto - with conductor Takashi Asahina and the NHK Symphony Orchestra. VC recently...

The Winners and Grinners – 2017 International Prize Winners [CONGRATS]

As the 2017 competition year winds to an end, we take a look back at the year's major international competition prize winners and bursary...

LIVE WEBSTREAM | 2018 Menuhin International Violin Competition – Senior Final [WEBCAST]

Live and exclusive webstream - direct from the 2018 Menuhin International Violin Competition, in Geneva, Switzerland.     Senior Final - 21st April, 2018 - L'Orchestre de Chambre...

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VC ARTIST | Benjamin Beilman, 28 – Montreal International Violin Competition 1st Prize Winner

28-year-old American violinist Benjamin Beilman is quickly building an impressive international reputation for his eloquent music making​, distinctive sound and effortless virtuosity. A graduate of...

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