Sunday, February 26, 2017

Violinist & Pedagogue Efrem Zimbalist Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-born violin virtuoso, pedagogue and composer Efrem Zimbalist died on this day in 1985 – aged 94. A student of Leopold Auer, he is remembered as...

English Viola Virtuoso Lionel Tertis Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

English viola virtuoso Lionel Tertis died on this day in 1975 – aged 98. He is remembered as one of the most eminent violists of...

Composer & Virtuoso Pianist Frederic Chopin was Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish composer and virtuoso pianist Frederic Chopin was born on this day in 1810 – 207 years ago. Dying at only age 39, Chopin is...

Max Bruch’s ‘Scottish Fantasy’ Premiered On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Max Bruch's 'Scottish Fantasy' in E-flat Major Op. 46 premiered on this day in 1881. The first performance was given by Hungarian virtuoso Joseph Joachim...

Today is Pianist and Conductor Christoph Eschenbach’s 74th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is German-born pianist and conductor Christoph Eschenbach’s 74th birthday. A protege of Herbert von Karajan and George Szell, Maestro Eschenbach is widely regarded as...

Today is Italian Conductor Riccardo Chailly’s 64th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly’s 64th birthday. Maestro Chailly is widely regarded as one of today’s eminent conductors. He has held prestigious conducting positions with...

Violin Virtuoso Joseph Szigeti Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian violin virtuoso Joseph Szigeti died on this day in 1973 – aged 80. A prodigy of Jeno Hubay, Mr Szigeti is remembered as one of the...

Prokofiev‘s ‘Sinfonia Concertante’ Cello Concerto Premiered on this Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Sergei Prokofiev‘s 'Sinfonia Concertante' Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 58 premiered on this day in 1938. The first performance was given by Alexander Melik-Pashayev...

Belgian Composer and Violinist Henri Vieuxtemps Was Born on this Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Belgian composer and violinist Henri Vieuxtemps was born on this day in 1820. A protege of Charles de Bériot, he is remembered as one of...

Today is French Violin Virtuoso Olivier Charlier’s 56th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is French virtuoso Olivier Charlier's 56th birthday. A student of Yehudi Menuhin and Henryk Szeryng, he is a former 1st prize winner at the...

German Violinist Willy Hess Died On This Day in 1939 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German violinist Willy Hess died on this day in 1939 – aged 79. A protege of Joseph Joachim, he was a former Concertmaster of the...

French Violinist and Composer Pierre Rode was Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

French violinist and composer Pierre Rode was born on this day in 1774 – 243 years ago. A student of Giovanni Battista Viotti, Rode...

Today is Pulitzer-Prize Winning Composer John Corigliano’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Pulitzer-prize winning American composer John Corigliano's 78th birthday. A graduate of Columbia University and the Manhattan School of Music, his signature works include...

Alexander Glazunov Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Alexander Glazunov Violin Concerto in A Minor Op. 82 premiered on this day in 1905 – 112 years ago. The first performance was given by...

Today is Russian Violin Virtuoso Victor Pikayzen’s 84th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is celebrated Russian violin virtuoso Victor Pikayzen's 84th birthday. A protege of David Oistrakh, he is a former prize winner at the Paganini, Queen...

Erich Wolfgang Korngold Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Erich Wolfgang Korngold Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 35 premiered on this day in 1945. The first performance was given by Jascha Heifetz with...

Comedian & Violinist Jack Benny Was Born On This Day in 1894 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American comedian, vaudevillian and violinist Jack Benny was born on this day in 1894 – 123 years ago. Dying in 1974, he is widely regarded...

Composer Richard Wagner Died On This Day in 1883 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary German composer, conductor, theatre director and polemicist, Richard Wagner died on this day in 1883 – 134 years ago, aged 69. His signature works...

Violinist and Composer Emile Sauret Died On This Day in 1920 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French violin virtuoso and composer Émile Sauret died on this day in 1920 – 97 years ago – aged 67. A protege of Charles de Beriot and Henri Vieuxtemps, he...

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

Today is South-Korean VC Young Artist Ji-Young Lim’s 22nd birthday. A student of pedagogue Nam-Yun Kim at the Korean National University of Arts, Ji-Young was awarded...

Violinist and Pianist Louis Persinger Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violinist and pianist Louis Persinger was born on this day in 1887 – 130 years ago. His famed students included Yehudi Menuhin, Ruggiero Ricci,...

Violinist & Composer Antonio Bazzini Died On This Day in 1897 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian violinist and composer Antonio Bazzini died on this day in 1897 – 120 years ago. Bazzini is remembered as one of the finest concert...

Violinist Louis Kaufman Died On This Day in 1994 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violinist Louis Kaufman died on this day in 1994 – aged 88. It is estimated he is possibly the most recorded musical artist in...

Austrian Composer Alban Berg Born On This Day in 1885 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian composer Alban Berg was born on this day in 1885 – 132 years ago. Berg is remembered as one of the most important composers...

Today is American Composer John Williams’ Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American composer, conductor and pianist John Williams’ 85th birthday. The recipient of 3 Emmy Awards, 5 Academy Awards and 21 Grammy Awards, he...

Conductor Erich Leinsdorf Born On This Day in 1912 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian-born American conductor Erich Leinsdorf was born on this day in 1912 – 105 years ago. Dying in 1993, Maestro Leinsdorf served prestigious conducting positions...

Composer Felix Mendelssohn Born On This Day in 1809 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer Felix Mendelssohn was born on this day in 1809. Mendelssohn's signature works include his overture and incidental music from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream',...

Fritz Kreisler was Born On This Day in 1875 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian-born violinist and composer Fritz Kreisler was born on this day in 1875 – 142 years ago. He is widely regarded as one of the...

Violinist Jascha Heifetz Born On This Day 116 Years Ago [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary violin virtuoso Jascha Heifetz was born on this day in 1901 – 116 years ago. A protégé of Leopold Auer, he is remembered in history as one of...

Violin Virtuoso Nelli Shkolnikova Died On This Day in 2010 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian violin virtuoso Nelli Shkolnikova died on this day in 2010 – aged 81. A student of Lillia Kossodo and Yuri Yankelevich, Ms Shkolnikova was...

Franz Schubert Born On This Day in 1797 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian composer Franz Schubert was born on this day in 1797. Despite dying aged just 31, he was tremendously prolific - outputting 9 symphonies, more than...

Today is VC Artist Nikki Chooi’s 28th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is VC Artist Nikki Chooi’s 28th birthday! A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, Nikki is a former 1st...

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