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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Schumann Violin Concerto in D Minor Premiered On This Day in 1937 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Robert Schumann’s Violin Concerto in D Minor premiered on this day in 1937 – 80 years after the composer's death. The first performance was given...

Today is American VC Artist Benjamin Beilman’s 28th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American violinist, VC Artist Benjamin Beilman’s 28th birthday! A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Kronberg Academy, where he studied...

French Violinist & Composer Pierre Rode Died On This Day in 1830 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French violinist and composer Pierre Rode died on this day in 1830 – 187 years ago. A student of Giovanni Battista Viotti, Rode is remembered as one of...

Hungarian Violist, Violinist & Composer Tibor Serly Born On This Day in 1901 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian violist, violinist and composer Tibor Serly was born on this day in 1901 – 116 years ago. Dying in 1978, he is remembered in...

Soviet Composer Alfred Schnittke Born On This Day in 1934 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Soviet composer Alfred Schnittke was born on this day in 1934. A prolific composer, his output included 9 symphonies, 6 concerti grossi, 3 operas, 3 ballets,...

British Singer & Songwriter Freddie Mercury Died On This Day in 1991 [ON-THIS-DAY]

British singer-songwriter Freddie Mercury died on this day in 1991 – aged 45. The lead vocalist and songwriter for the rock band Queen, he is remembered for his flamboyant stage...

Today Is Double Bass Virtuoso Edgar Meyer’s 57th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is classical, jazz and bluegrass double bass virtuoso and composer Edgar Meyer’s 57th birthday. A musician of great diversity, his collaborations have spanned a...

Today is Austrian Violinist & Conductor Thomas Zehetmair’s 56th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Austrian violinist and conductor Thomas Zehetmair’s 56th birthday. He is a founding member of the Zehetmair Quartet – and has served guest conducting...

Soviet Violin Virtuoso Oleg Kagan Born On This Day in 1946 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Soviet violin virtuoso Oleg Kagan was born on this day in 1946. A student of Boris Kuznetsov and David Oistrakh, he is a former major...

English Composer Benjamin Britten Born On This Day in 1913 [ON-THIS-DAY]

English composer Benjamin Britten was born on this day in 1913 – 104 years ago. Dying in 1976, his signature works include operas: 'Peter Grimes', 'Billy Budd'...

Italian Violinist Franco Gulli Died On This Day in 2001 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian violinist Franco Gulli died on this day in 2001. A student of Arrigo Serato and Joseph Szigeti, Maestro Gulli served a long-term teaching Professorship at Indiana...

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