ON THIS DAY | Composer Ernest Bloch Died in 1959

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Swiss-born American composer Ernest Bloch died on this day in 1959, aged 78. In 1920, he became the first music director of the Cleveland Institute...

ON THIS DAY | Today is VC Artist Stephen Waarts’ 25th Birthday

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American-Dutch VC Artist Stephen Waarts was born on this day 25 years ago. Stephen is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and current post-graduate student...

ON THIS DAY | Violinist & Pedagogue Willy Hess Born in 1859

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German-born violinist and pedagogue Willy Hess was born on this day in 1859. Hess held teaching positions at Harvard University and the Berlin Hochschule fur...

ON THIS DAY | Australian Conductor Charles Mackerras Died

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Australian conductor Sir Charles Mackerras died on this day in 2010, aged 84, from cancer. An authority on the operas of Janáček, Mozart, and Gilbert and Sullivan,...

ON THIS DAY | Today is Conductor Herbert Blomstedt’s 94th Birthday!

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Swedish-born conductor Herbert Blomstedt was born on this day 94 years ago. He has served principal positions with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Danish...

ON THIS DAY | Composer & Pianist George Gershwin Died in 1937

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American composer and pianist George Gershwin died on this day in 1937. Gershwin’s jazz-influenced compositions spanned both classical and popular styles — ranging from concerto to film...

ON THIS DAY | Violinist & Composer Henryk Wieniawski Born in 1835

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Polish violin virtuoso and composer Henryk Wieniawski was born on this day in 1835. Wieniawski was a child prodigy who enrolled in the Paris Conservatory...

ON THIS DAY | American Violinist Aaron Rosand Died in 2019

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American violinist and pedagogue Aaron Rosand died on this day in 2019, aged 92. A student of Leon Sametini and Efrem Zimbalist, he was a beloved teacher who served a...

ON THIS DAY | Happy Birthday, Violinist Hagai Shaham!

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Shaham performs regularly with many of world's finest orchestras and conductors — including the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Taipei, Singapore, and Shanghai Symphony...

ON THIS DAY | Violinist Nelli Shkolnikova Was Born in 1928

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Soviet-Jewish violinist Nelli Shkolnikova was born on this day in 1928. A student of Lillia Kossodo and Yuri Yankelevich, she served on faculty at the Gnessin State Musical...

ON THIS DAY | Violinist Max Rostal Was Born in 1905

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Rostal premiered a number of important works, including Alan Bush's Violin Concerto and Benjamin Frankel's first Solo Sonata. He was also a professor at...

ON THIS DAY | Composer & Conductor Gustav Mahler Was Born in 1860

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Bohemian-born Austrian composer and conductor Gustav Mahler was born on this day in 1860. He wrote 10 symphonies that draw together many threads of late...

ON THIS DAY | German Conductor Otto Klemperer Died in 1973

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Klemperer served principal conducting positions with the L'opéra De Strasbourg, Opera Cologne, Opera Wiesbaden, Kroll Oper, Royal Opera House, Budapest Opera, and the Los...

ON THIS DAY | Happy Birthday VC Young Artist Richard Lin!

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Taiwanese American violinist and VC Young Artist Richard Lin was born on this day 30 years ago. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music...

ON THIS DAY | Czech Violinist & Composer Jan Kubelik Was Born in 1880

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One of the eminent violin virtuosi of the early 20th century, Kubelik's technique was sometimes referred to as a product of Ševčík's rigorous training...

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