Monday, February 18, 2019

Violist Mathieu Herzog to Leave French-Based Quatuor Ébène String Quartet

The French string quartet Quatuor Ébène has today announced violist Mathieu Herzog is set to leave the ensemble after 15 seasons – to devote...

Today is Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s 43rd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is French Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin's 43rd birthday! A protege of Maestro Carlo Maria Giulini, he has served principal conducting positions with Montreal's Orchestre...

Toronto String Group Call for 1000 Volunteers for World-Premiere Performance

A experimental Canadian string ensemble has put out the call for 1000 volunteer string players for a radical one-time large-scale performance of John Oswald's...

City of Birmingham Symphony’s Catherine Arlidge Awarded Orchestral Team Cheer

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's 'Sub Principal' second violinist Catherine Arlidge has been announced as the Royal Philharmonic Society/Association of British Orchestras' 2014...

MANIC MONDAY | Vienna Chamber Orchestra’s Surprise Concert Guest [OMG]

As the Vienna Chamber Orchestra was performing last month at the Izmir Festival in Turkey … a special surprise guest dropped by unannounced ......

OUT NOW | Violinist Eric Grossman’s New CD: ‘Ferdinand Ries Violin Sonatas’ [LISTEN]

Naxos Records has announced the release of American violinist Eric Grossman's new album: Ferdinand Ries Sonatas for Violin & Piano. Recorded with pianist Susan Kagan, the new...

VC YOUNG ARTIST | Matthew Lipman, 27 – Avery Fisher Career Grant Recipient

27-year-old American violist Matthew Lipman is firmly establishing himself as one of the new generation’s outstanding young concert artists. A graduate of The Juilliard School and the Kronberg Academy, where...

TRAGIC NEWS | LA Opera Tenor Andres Ramirez Has Died – Aged Just 28 [RIP]

Los Angeles-based, American tenor Andres Ramirez has died – aged just 28. He had served as a long time member of the LA Opera theatre company. "All...

SAD NEWS | Prominent Finnish Composer Jovanka Trbojevic has Died – Aged 54

Yugoslavian-born Finnish composer Jovanka Trbojevic has passed away following a serious illness - aged just 54. A piano and composition graduate of the Prague Polytechnic...

Christian Tetzlaff & Lars Vogt ‘Brahms Sonatas’ 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 Christian Tetzlaff and Lars...

Conductor Osmo Vänskä To Step Down from Minnesota Orchestra Helm

It has been announced today that Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vänskä will step down from the role - at the conclusion of the 2021-2022...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Leia Zhu – Mozart Violin Concerto in A, 10 Years Old, 2016 [VIDEO]

10 years old British violinist Leia Zhu performing and leading Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major. Recorded live on December 10th, 2016 –with...

VC VOX POP | “Have You Ever Played a Concert That Has Affected You for the Rest of Your Life?” [Q&A]

“Have you ever played a concert that has affected you for the rest of your life?” The Violin Channel recently caught up with 30+ of the...

MANIC MONDAY | Sawing a Violin in Half Performance Art Piece … [WHAT]

Violinist Emily Ondracek-Peterson performing George Maciunas' 1962 Fluxus performance art piece ... Solo for Violin ... including the sawing and total mutilation of the instrument and bow. Recorded live...

INTERNET SENSATION | 14 Year Old Guitarist’s Vivaldi ‘Four Seasons’

14 year old French guitarist Tina S became an overnight Internet sensation in late May, when she posted an astonishing cover version of 'Eruption'...

Veteran Cellist Joel Krosnick Awarded Juilliard School’s Highest Accolade

It has been announced today that cellist Joel Krosnick, who is celebrating his 42nd and final season this year with the Juilliard String Quartet,...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Ida Haendel – Paganini Caprice No. 17, 1980s [VIDEO]

Incredible never-before-released 1980s video footage of violin virtuoso, Ida Haendel performing Paganini’s Solo Caprice No. 17 - plus Bach's 'Andante' from the 2nd Solo Sonata. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt5pbRyZ9uk&showinfo=0&autohide=1 IDA HAENDEL...

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig Announce New Principal 2nd Violinist

The Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, in Leipzig, Germany has announced the appointment of 24 year old French violinist David Castro-Balbi as their new principal 2nd violinist. A...

Semi-Finalists Announced at New Zealand’s Michael Hill International Violin Comp

The 6 Semi-Finalists have, just minutes ago, been announced at the 2017 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, in Queenstown, New Zealand. This 2017 Semi-Finalists are: ...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Virtuoso Ilya Grubert – Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition [1978]

The then 24 year old Russian violinist Ilya Grubert's 1st prize winning performance in the Final of the 1978 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition -...

VC WEB BLOG | Violist Masumi Per Rostad – ‘Inside the Viola’s Cornerstone Solo Repertoire’ [GUIDE]

With the 2018 Primrose International Viola Competition currently underway at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, VC recently caught up with Eastman School of...

Russian-Born Composer Igor Stravinsky Died on This Day in 1971 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-born American composer, pianist and conductor Igor Stravinsky died on this day in 1971 - aged 88. He is widely acknowledged as one of the...

Russian Piano Virtuoso & Composer Sergei Rachmaninoff was Born On This Day [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...

SAD NEWS | Decorated Australian Conductor Richard Divall Has Died – Aged 71

Australian conductor, composer and musicologist Richard Divall has died following a long illness - aged 71. A world-leading expert in Maltese sacred music and early Australian...

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...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | VC Young Artist Ji Young Lim – Indianapolis Competition [2014]

Archival footage of the then 19-year-old South Korean VC Young Artist Ji Young Lim's prize winning performance - in the Final of the 2014 Indianapolis...

French Classical Music Streaming Service Qobuz Saved From Bankruptcy

It has been announced today that the French-based Qobuz, one of the world’s first on-demand music streaming services to offer CD-quality downloads, has been...

14 Year Old María Dueñas Awarded Intermediate 1st Prize at China’s Zhuhai Mozart Competition

14 year old María Dueñas, from Spain, has been awarded 1st prize in the Group B (13 to 16 Years) category at the 2017 2nd...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Aaron Rosand – Brahms Violin Concerto, 1998 [AUDIO]

Never-before-uploaded audio of American violin virtuoso Aaron Rosand performing Brahms Violin Concerto - with conductor Derrick Inouye and the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. Masterfully recorded in 1998. AARON...

OUT NOW | VC Artist Edgar Moreau’s New Album: ‘Franck, Strohl, Poulenc, La Tombelle’ [LISTEN]

Warner Classics & Erato has this month announced the release of cellist, VC Artist Edgar Moreau’s new double album, ‘Franck, Strohl, Poulenc, La Tombelle’. Recorded...

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...

OUT NOW | ‘CelloMind’ – New Pedagogical Method Book for Cellists [LEARN]

  Ovation Press has this week announced the release of cellists Professor Hans Jørgen Jensen and Dr Minna Rose Chung's new cello method book: 'CelloMind'. The two-part pedagogical method...

Chinese Composer & Conductor Tan Dun Appointed Bard College Conservatory Dean

Bard College Conservatory of Music, in New York, has this week announced the appointment of Chinese-born composer and conductor Tan Dun as its new...

Today is Italian Violinist Salvatore Accardo’s 76th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Italian violinist Salvatore Accardo’s 76th birthday. A former 1st prize winner at the Geneva and Paganini International Violin Competitions - Maestro Accardo is...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Guy Braunstein & Anna Gebert – Bach Double Violin Concerto [2018]

Israeli violinist Guy Braunstein and Finnish violinist Anna Gebert performing Bach's Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor – with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. Recorded live...

AUDITION | Royal Scottish National Orch, United Kingdom – ‘Assoc Principal 1st Violin’ Position

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is currently accepting applications for the ‘Associate Principal First Violin (No 4)’ position. Applications to be received by September 25th,...

Schedule Announced for 2015 Sibelius International Violin Competition

The opening round competitor schedule for the 2015 Sibelius International Violin Competition, in Helsinki, Finland has been announced – including 7 VC ‘Young Artists’. For...

Violin Bows Seized at NY Airport for Suspicion of Containing Ivory, Released

The 7 violin bows seized by US customs at JFK International Airport, in New York on Saturday, from members of the Budapest Festival Orchestra,...

VC Artists Notos Piano Quartet Signed to CLB Management in London

It has been announced this week that VC Artists Notos Quartett have signed with London's CLB Management for global general management - effective immediately. Comprising...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | Victor Pikayzen – Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 1, 1962 [WOW]

Incredible 1962 archival audio of the then 29 year old Russian violin virtuoso Victor Pikayzen performing Wieniawski's 1st Violin Concerto - with conductor Gennady...

BREAKING | Semi-Finalists Announced at Munich’s ARD International Viola Competition

The 6 Semi-Finalists have just minutes ago been announced at the 2018 ARD International Viola Competition – in Munich, Germany. The 2018 Viola Semi-Finalists are: ...

SAD NEWS | Acclaimed New York Composer Daniel Brewbaker has Died

New York-based pianist, composer and poet Dr Daniel Brewbaker has passed away from a brain tumor - aged 66. A graduate of the University of...

Finalists Announced at South Korea’s IsangYun International Violin Competition

The 4 Finalists have today been announced for the 2017 IsangYun International Violin Competition, in Tongyeong, South Korea. The 2017 Finalists are: Nigel Armstrong (USA) ...

6 Finalists Announced at Singapore International Violin Competition – including 4 VC ‘Young Artists’

The 6 Finalists have been announced, just minutes ago at the Singapore International Violin Competition – including 4 VC ‘Young Artists’. The 2015 Finalists are: VC ‘Young...

VERY SAD NEWS | One-Handed Cellist Dominik Połoński Has Died – Aged Just 41 [RIP]

Polish cellist Dominik Połoński has passed away from brain cancer - aged just 41. A graduate of the Lodz Academy of Music and Escuela Superior...

Royal Scottish National Orchestra Announce New Principal Guest Conductor

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has today announced the appointment of 30 year old Hong-Kong born conductor Elim Chan as their new Principal Guest...

Laurence Lesser ‘Bach Cello Suites’ 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 Laurence Lesser ‘J.S. Bach Cello Suites’ CD. A...

Finalists Announced at Elmar Oliveira Competition – Inc. VC Young Artist Sirena Huang

The 4 Finalists at the 2017 Inaugural Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition, in Boca Raton, USA have been announced – including VC Young Artist...

German Conductor Kurt Sanderling Was Born On This Day in 1912 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German conductor Kurt Sanderling was born on this day in 1912 – 106 years ago. Dying in 2011, Maestro Sanderling served principal conducting positions...

Grand Finalists Announced at Australian ‘Young Performer of the Year’ Awards

The 3 Finalists have been announced at the 2015 Australian ‘Young Performer of the Year’ Awards - in Hobart, Australia. This year’s Finalists are: 17 year old...

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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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