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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Died On This Day in 1791 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died on this day in 1791 – aged just 35. Mozart’s exact cause of death is not known, however reports indicate he had...

Czech Violinist & Composer Jan Kubelik Died On This Day in 1940 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Czech violinist and composer Jan Kubelik died on this day in 1940 – aged 60. A student of Otakar Sevcik, Kubelik is remembered as one of the pre-eminent...

German Composer Karl Amadeus Hartmann Born On This Day in 1905 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer Karl Amadeus Hartmann was born on this day in 1905. Despite being largely overlooked in many English-speaking countries, he is often lauded as one of...

VC WEB BLOG | VC Artists Dover Quartet – ‘Our Biggest Lessons Learnt Outside of School’ – [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with the Philadelphia-based VC Artists Dover Quartet. In a VC-exclusive blog, Dover cellist Camden Shaw discusses some of the...

MEET THE PROS | VC Artist Francisco Fullana – VC 20 Questions [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Spanish violin virtuoso, VC Artist Francisco Fullana.  We sat him down for a fun game of VC 20...

English Composer Benjamin Britten Died On This Day in 1976 [ON-THIS-DAY]

English composer Benjamin Britten died on this day in 1976. His signature works include the operas ‘Peter Grimes’, ‘Billy Budd’ and ‘The Turn of the...

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day in 1881 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 premiered on this day in 1881 – 136 years ago. The first performance was given by Russian...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist Lina Bahn – ‘Advice for Students Auditioning for Music Schools this Year’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Jason Wang from the United States was keen to know: “What advice would you give to students auditioning for music schools...

Italian Luthier Nicola Amati Born On This Day in 1596 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian luthier Nicola Amati was born on this day in 1596 – 421 years ago. The grandson of Andrea Amati, the founder of the Amati family of...

Norwegian Composer Christian Sinding Died On This Day in 1941 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Norwegian composer Christian Sinding died on this day in 1941. His is signature works include 4 symphonies, an opera, ‘Frühlingsrauschen’ for piano, 3 violin concertos - and...

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 – 118 years ago. Remembered as one of the finest conductors of the...

American-Born Greek Soprano Maria Callas Born On This Day in 1923 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American-born Greek soprano Maria Callas was born on this day in 1923 – 94 years ago. Dying in 1977, aged just 53, she is remembered...

Prokofiev’s 2nd Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day in 1935 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Sergei Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor Op. 63 premiered on this day in 1935. The first performance was given by French virtuoso Robert Soetens with...

Legendary Violin Pedagogue Ilona Fehér Born On This Day in 1901 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Hungarian-Israeli violin pedagogue Ilona Fehér was born on this day in 1901 – 116 years ago. Remembered as one of the last representatives of the Central European Violin...

VC WEB BLOG | Double Bassist Eugene Levinson – “The School of Agility” Technique [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with The Juilliard School double bass pedagogue and technique book author, Professor Eugene Levinson. In a VC-exclusive blog, Eugene discusses the inspiration...

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...

Legendary Soviet Pedagogue Pyotr Stolyarsky Born On This Day in 1871 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Soviet pedagogue Pyotr Stolyarsky was born on this day in 1871. Mr Stolyarsky is remembered in history as the founder of 'The Odessa School' and 'The...

French Jazz Violinist Stephane Grappelli Died On This Day in 1997 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli died on this day in 1997 – aged 89. Mr Grappelli’s lively, elegant style captivated audiences for more than half a century –...

Tchaikovsky’s ‘Variations On a Rococo Theme’ Premiered On This Day in 1877 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Tchaikovsky's 'Variations on a Rococo Theme' Op. 33 for Cello and Orchestra premiered on this day in 1877. The first performance was given by German virtuoso Wilhelm Fitzenhagen in Moscow...

VC DESERT ISLAND DOWNLOADS | Pinchas Zukerman – ‘5 Recordings I Can’t Live Without’

The Violin Channel recently caught up with violin and viola virtuoso Pinchas Zukerman - for a fun game of VC Desert Island Downloads.  We sat him down...

ASK THE PROS | Cellist Paul Katz – “Once the Notes Have Been Mastered, What are the Next Steps?” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Andrea Rengevich from the United States was keen to know: "Once the notes have been mastered, what should be the...

VC VOX POP | “If You Only Had 3 Months to Live, What Would You Put on Your Farewell Recital?” [Q&A]

“If you only had three months to live, what would you put on your farewell recital?” The Violin Channel recently caught up with 40+ of...

Italian Composer Giacomo Puccini Died On This Day in 1924 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian composer Giacomo Puccini died on this day in 1924. His signature works include some of the most frequently performed operas in history – including:...

Austro-Hungarian Composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold Died On This Day in 1957 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austro-Hungarian composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold died on this day in 1957 – aged 62. Remembered as one of the founders of film music, he was...

VC LIVE | VC Facebook Live Q&A with Brentano Quartet’s Misha Amory – Live from 92Y [LIVE]

VC Facebook Live Q&A webcast with the Brentano Quartet’s violist Misha Amory – live from New York City’s 92nd Street Y. Hosted by veteran classical...

Violinist & Composer Gaetano Pugnani Born On This Day in 1731 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian violinist and composer Gaetano Pugnani was born on this day in 1731. He is remembered in history, as violin virtuoso Fritz Kreisler borrowed his name to publish a...

Today is Russian-Born Violin Virtuoso Viktoria Mullova’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian-born British violin virtuoso Viktoria Mullova’s birthday. A protégé of Soviet legend Leonid Kogan, Ms Mullova is a former Grand Prize winner at...

Henryk Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor Premiered On This Day in 1862 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Henryk Wieniawski's Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor Op. 22 premiered on this day in 1862. The first performance was given by the composer...

Today is American Violinist VC Young Artist Kevin Zhu’s 17th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American violinist, VC Young Artist Kevin Zhu’s 17th birthday. Kevin shot to international fame in 2012 after claiming 1st prize in the Junior Division...

ASK THE PROS | Jazz Violinist Christian Garrick – “Is it Possible to Teach Someone How to Improvise?” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Francesco Bruno from Italy was keen to know: "Is it possible to teach someone how to improvise? If so, what...

Sergei Prokofiev’s Cello Concerto in E Minor Premiered On This Day in 1938 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Sergei Prokofiev’s Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 58 premiered on this day in 1938. The first performance was given by Alexander Melik-Pashayev with the...

Latvian-Born Violin Virtuoso Philippe Hirschhorn Died On This Day in 1996 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Latvian-born violin virtuoso Philippe Hirschhorn died on this day in 1996, from a brain tumor – aged just 50. A former Grand Prize winner at...

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