Friday, January 17, 2020

Today is Soviet-Born Israeli Cellist Mischa Maisky’s 72nd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Soviet-born Israeli cellist Mischa Maisky’s 72nd birthday. A student of Mstislav Rostropovich and Gregor Piatigorsky, he is widely regarded as one of the...

Today is Italian-Born American Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Italian-born American violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg’s birthday. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, Nadja is a former grand prize...

French Cellist Pierre Fournier Died On This Day in 1986 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Famed French cellist Pierre Fournier died on this day in 1986 – aged 79. A student of Paul Bazelaire and Anton Hekking, he is remembered...

Revolutionary Violin Pedagogue Lucien Capet Was Born On This Day in 1873 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Revolutionary French violin pedagogue and composer Lucien Capet was born on this day in 1873. He served a long-term teaching position at the Société Sainte-Cécile de Bordeaux – during...

American Violinist Maud Powell Died On This Day in 1920 – Aged Just 52 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violin virtuoso Maud Powell died on this day in 1920 – aged just 52. A student of Henry Schradieck, Charles Dancla and Joseph Joachim,...

British Violinist & Conductor Iona Brown Was Born On This Day in 1941 [ON-THIS-DAY]

British violinist and conductor Iona Brown was born on this day in 1941. Ms Brown was the former Music Director of the Academy of St...

Today is Dutch Violin Virtuoso Janine Jansen’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Dutch superstar violinist Janine Jansen’s birthday. A protégé of Philippe Hirschhorn and Boris Belkin, Janine is widely regarded as one of today's top-tier...

Composer Max Bruch Was Born On This Day in 1838 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer Max Bruch was born on this day in 1838. Dying in 1920, Bruch composed over 200 works - including 3 symphonies, 3 violin concerti, Scottish Fantasy for...

Remembering Violinist Erika Morini – and Her Stolen 1727 ‘Davidoff’ Stradivarius [PLEASE SHARE]

Austrian-born violin virtuoso Erika Morini was born on this day in 1904 - 116 years ago. A protege of Otakar Ševčík, Ms Morini is remembered as one...

Austrian-Born Violin Virtuoso Erika Morini Was Born On This Day in 1904 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian-born violin virtuoso Erika Morini was born on this day in 1904. Tragically her 1727 ‘Davidoff’ Stradivarius and a number of precious paintings, letters and...

Bruch Violin Concerto in G Minor Premiered On This Day in 1868 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor Op. 26 premiered on this day in 1868. The first performance was given by Hungarian virtuoso...

Composer & Violinist Josef Suk Sr Was Born On This Day in 1874 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Czech composer and violinist Josef Suk Sr was born on this day in 1874. Dying in 1935, Suk composed a large body of piano, chamber...

Austrian-Born Dutch Violinist Oskar Back Died On This Day in 1963 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian-born Dutch violinist Oskar Back died on this day in 1963 - aged 83. A student of Eugène Ysaÿe and César Thomson, he served a...

Today is Cellist, VC Artist Benedict Kloeckner’s 31st Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is German cellist, VC Artist Benedict Kloeckner's 31st birthday. A graduate of the Kronberg Academy, where he studied with Frans Helmerson and Gary Hoffman, Benedict is a former prize...

Camille Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 Premiered On This Day in 1881 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Camille Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor Op. 61 premiered on this day in 1881. The first performance was given by Spanish virtuoso...

Brahms Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day in 1879 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major Op.77 premiered on this day in 1879. The first performance was given by Hungarian virtuoso Joseph Joachim - with...

American Violinist & Pedagogue Louis Persinger Died On This Day in 1966 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violinist, pianist and pedagogue Louis Persinger died on this day in 1966 – aged 79.  A protégé of Hans Becker, Eugène Ysaÿe and Jacques Thibaud,...

British Viola Virtuoso Lionel Tertis Was Born On This Day in 1876 [ON-THIS-DAY]

British viola virtuoso Lionel Tertis was born on this day in 1876. Dying in 1975, he is remembered as one of the most eminent violists of...

Spanish Cello Virtuoso Pablo Casals Was Born On This Day in 1876 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Spanish cello virtuoso Pablo Casals was born on this day in 1876. Maestro Casals is remembered as one of the finest cellists of all time...

Polish Violin Virtuoso Josef Hassid Was Born On This Day in 1923 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish violin virtuoso Josef Hassid was born on this day in 1923. A prodigious student of Carl Flesch, he was destined for a career of...

Soviet Violin Virtuoso Boris Goldstein Was Born On This Day in 1922 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Soviet violin virtuoso Boris Goldstein was born on this day in 1922. Dying in 1987, he was a former prize winner at the Wieniawski and...

Beethoven Violin Concerto in D Major Premiered On This Day in 1806 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Beethoven Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 61 premiered on this day in 1806. The first performance was given by Austrian virtuoso Franz Clement -...

Today is American Violinist Glenn Dicterow’s 71st Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American violinist Glenn Dicterow's 71st birthday. A student of Ivan Galamian, Jascha Heifetz and Henryk Szeryng, Mr Dicterow served as Concertmaster of the...

Today is South Korean VC Young Artist Yoojin Jang’s 29th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is South Korean VC Young Artist Yoojin Jang’s 29th birthday! A Doctoral student of Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory, Yoojin is a...

Violin Virtuoso Nathan Milstein Died On This Day in 1992 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Soviet-born American violin virtuoso Nathan Milstein died on this day in 1992 – aged 88. A protégé of Pyotr Stolyarsky, Leopold Auer and Eugene Ysaye,...

Today is British Cellist Steven Isserlis’ 61st Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is British cellist Steven Isserlis' 61st birthday. A protege of Daniil Shafran, Steven is widely respected as one of today’s eminent cello virtuosi. An...

French Violin Pedagogue Lucien Capet Died On This Day in 1928 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Revolutionary French violin pedagogue and composer Lucien Capet died on this day in 1928 – aged 55. He held a long-term teaching position at the...

Today is VC Young Artist Timothy Chooi’s 26th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is violinist, VC Young Artist Timothy Chooi’s 26th birthday! A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, and currently post-graduate student of Catherine Cho...

Today is Dutch Violin Virtuoso Isabelle van Keulen’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Dutch violin virtuoso Isabelle van Keulen’s birthday. A graduate of Amsterdam’s Sweelinck Conservatorium, where she studied with Davina van Wely, Vladimir Spivakov, Boris Gutnikov...

French Composer Camille Saint-Saëns Died On This Day in 1921 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French composer Camille Saint-Saëns died on this day in 1921 – aged 86. Saint-Saens' signature works include The Carnival of the Animals, Danse Macabre, Samson...

Today is Cellist VC Young Artist Brannon Cho’s 25th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is cellist, VC Young Artist Brannon Cho’s 25th birthday! A graduate of Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music and the New England Conservatory, where he...

Bulgarian Violin Virtuoso Vasco Abadjiev Died On This Day in 1978 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Bulgarian violin virtuoso Vasco Abadjiev sadly died on this day in 1978 – aged 52. A recognised child prodigy, he made his international debut aged...

Australian Conductor Stuart Challender Died On This Day – Aged Just 44 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Acclaimed Australian conductor Stuart Challender passed away on this day in 1991, from an AIDS-related illness - aged just 44. A graduate of the Victorian...

Today is VC Artist Bomsori Kim’s 30th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is South Korean violin virtuoso, VC Artist Bomsori Kim’s 30th birthday! A graduate of The Juilliard School, where she studied with Sylvia Rosenberg and Ronald...

American Composer Elliott Carter Was Born On This Day in 1908 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American composer Elliott Carter was born on this day in 1908. A two time Pulitzer Prize winner, Mr Carter's contributions to the string repertoire includes...

Violin Virtuoso Jascha Heifetz Died On This Day in 1987 – Aged 86 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Luminary Russian-American violin virtuoso Jascha Heifetz died on this day in 1987 – aged 86. A protege of Leopold Auer, he is remembered as arguably...

Today is Korean-American Violin Virtuoso Sarah Chang’s Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Korean-American violin virtuoso Sarah Chang's birthday! A recognised child protégé of Dorothy DeLay and The Juilliard School, Sarah made her professional debut with...

Today is Violin Virtuoso Joshua Bell’s 52nd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American violin virtuoso Joshua Bell's 52nd birthday! A student of legendary Russian pedagogue Josef Gingold, Joshua currently serves as Music Director of the...

Finnish Composer Jean Sibelius Was Born On This Day in 1865 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Finnish composer Jean Sibelius was born on this day in 1865. Sibelius' signature works include 7 symphonies, Finlandia, the Karelia Suite, Valse Triste, The Swan...

Today is Violinist & Conductor Julian Rachlin’s 45th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Lithuanian-born Austrian violin virtuoso and conductor Julian Rachlin’s 45th birthday. A protégé of Boris Kuschnir and Pinchas Zukerman, he is widely regarded as one...

American Violinist Sergiu Luca Died On This Day in 2010 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Romanian-born American violinist Sergiu Luca died on this day in 2010. A student of Ivan Galamian, Mr Luca was a founding member of the Chamber Music...

Today is VC Young Artist Ayana Tsuji’s 22nd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Japanese violinist, VC Young Artist Ayana Tsuji’s 22nd birthday. A student of Professor Koichiro Harada, at the Tokyo College of Music, Ayana is...

Polish-American Violinist Piotr Janowski Died On This Day in 2008 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish-American violinist Piotr Janowski died on this day in 2008 – aged 57. A student of Ivan Galamian, Zino Francescatti, Henryk Szeryng and Jascha Heifetz, Mr Janowski was a former 1st...

Today is American Cellist David Finckel’s 68th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American cellist David Finckel’s 68th birthday. He served as a long-time member of the famed Emerson String Quartet from 1979 to 2013 - and currently...

Today is VC Young Artist María Dueñas’ 17th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Spanish violinist, VC Young Artist María Dueñas' 17th birthday! A student of Boris Kuschnir at the Vienna University of Music, María is a former top prize winner...

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. The first performance was given by Russian virtuoso Adolph Brodsky, in...

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

Italian luthier Nicola Amati was born on this day in 1596. The grandson of Andrea Amati, the founder of the Amati family of violin making, Nicola's...

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

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

Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor Premiered On This Day in 1935 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Sergei Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 63 premiered on this day in 1935. The first performance was given by French violin...

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

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

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