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English Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams Born On This Day in 1872 [ON-THIS-DAY]

English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams was born on this day in 1872. He is remembered as one of Britain's most influential composers of all time – with...

Austrian Composer Anton Bruckner Died On This Day in 1896 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian composer Anton Bruckner died on this day in 1896. Bruckner's signature works include 9 symphonies, a string quartet, a string quintet - and a...

Today is American Violinist Rachel Barton Pine’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American violinist Rachel Barton Pine’s birthday. Rachel is a former prize winner at the Bach, Szigeti, Kreisler, Montreal, Paganini and Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competitions. Her...

Italian Romantic Composer Giuseppe Verdi Born On This Day in 1813 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian Romantic composer Giuseppe Verdi was born on this day 1813 – 204 years ago. Verdi is remembered as one of the most influential composers of...

Today is Russian Pianist Evgeny Kissin’s 46th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin’s 46th birthday. He is widely regarded as one of today's foremost virtuosi musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0U73NRSIkw&autohide=1 EVGENY...

Hungarian Violinist & Pedagogue Carl Flesch Born On This Day in 1873 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian violin virtuoso and pedagogue Carl Flesch was born on this day in 1873 – 144 years ago. Dying in 1944, Mr Flesch's noted students...

Dutch Violinist Theo Olof Died On This Day in 2012 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Dutch violinist Theo Olof died on this day in 2012 - aged 88. A student of Oskar Back, he was former prize winner at the...

French Composer Camille Saint-Saëns Was Born On This Day in 1835 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French composer Camille Saint-Saëns was born on this day in 1835. Dying in 1921, his signature works include 'The Carnival of the Animals', 'Danse Macabre', 'Samson and Delilah', his...

Today is VC Artist Charles Yang’s 29th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is VC Artist Charles Yang’s 29th birthday! A graduate of The Juilliard School, Charles is very quickly building an impressive online following – and...

Violinist and Composer Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst Died on this Day in 1865 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Moravian-Jewish violinist and composer Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst died on this day in 1865. He is remembered as one of the greatest violin virtuosi of all...

Legendary Polish-born Violinist Michel Schwalbé Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Polish-born violinist Michel Schwalbé died on this day – aged 92. A student of Moritz Frenkel, George Enescu and Jules Boucherit, he served...

Violin Maker Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume Died On This Day in 1875 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French violin maker Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume died on this day in 1875. Widely regarded as one of the eminent instrument makers of all time, Vuillaume's violins have...

Today is Chinese-American Cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s 62nd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is French-born Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma's 62nd birthday! He is widely regarded as one of the pre-eminent virtuosi string soloists of all time.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN184Ytzmpc&showinfo=0&autohide=1 YO-YO MA...

Hungarian Violinist & Composer Zoltán Székely Died On This Day in 2001 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian violinist and composer Zoltán Székely died on this day in 2001 – aged 97. He is remembered for having given the world premiere of...

German Violin Virtuoso Georg Kulenkampff Died On This Day in 1948 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German violin virtuoso Georg Kulenkampff sadly died on this day in 1948 – aged 50 from encephalitis. He gave the premiere performance of the Robert...

Canadian Pianist Glenn Gould Died On This Day in 1982 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Canadian pianist Glenn Gould died, from a stroke, on this day in 1982 – aged just 50. Despite having stopped giving concerts at the age...

Polish Composer & Pianist Karol Szymanowski Born On This Day in 1882 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish composer and pianist Karol Szymanowski was born on this day in 1882. Remembered as one of the eminent Polish composers of the 20th Century,...

William Walton’s Viola Concerto Premiered On This Day in 1929 [ON-THIS-DAY]

William Walton’s Viola Concerto premiered on this day in 1929 – 88 years ago. The first performance was given by violist Paul Hindemith – with...

Today is Dutch Violin Virtuoso Rudolf Koelman’s 58th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Dutch violin virtuoso Rudolf Koelman’s 58th birthday. A student of Jan Bor, Herman Krebbers and Jascha Heifetz, Rudolf is a former Concertmaster of...

Today is Dutch Violinist, Conductor & Composer André Rieu’s 68th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Dutch violinist, conductor and composer André Rieu's 68th birthday! A graduate of the Conservatoire Royal in Liège, Music Academy in Brussels and the...

Russian-American Classical Pianist Vladimir Horowitz Born On This Day in 1903 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-American classical pianist Vladimir Horowitz was born on this day in 1903 - 114 years ago. Dying in 1989, he is remembered as one of...

Violin Virtuoso David Oistrakh Born On This Day in 1908 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Soviet violin virtuoso David Oistrakh was born on this day in 1908 – 109 years ago. Dying in 1974, he is widely remembered as one...

Soviet Violinist Elizabeth Gilels Born On This Day in 1919 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Soviet violinist Elizabeth Gilels was born on this day in 1919. A student of Pyotr Stolyarsky, Ms Gilels was a former prize winner at the Ysaye International Violin...

Violinist Václav Neumann Born On This Day in 1920 [ON THIS DAY]

Czech conductor and violinist Václav Neumann was born on this day in 1920. Dying in 1995, Maestro Neumann was a founding violinist with the Smetana Quartet– and served coveted...

Today is British Violinist Chloe Hanslip’s 30th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is British violinist Chloe Hanslip’s 30th birthday. A protege of Natasha Boyarskaya and Zakhar Bron, Chloë is a former prize winner at the Novosibirsk...

Violinist Richard Pollett Died On This Day in 2011 [ON THIS DAY]

Australian violinist Richard Pollett tragically died in a cycling accident on this day in 2011 – aged 25. A graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium and the Conservatorio...

Today is Russian-Born Violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky’s 63rd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian-born American violin virtuoso and conductor Dmitry Sitkovetsky’s 63rd birthday. The son of the late Julian Sitkovetsky, he has performed and recorded extensively...

French Violinist Jacques Thibaud Born On This Day In 1880 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French violinist Jacques Thibaud was born on this day in 1880 – 137 years ago. He is remembered as one of the pre-eminent soloists...

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin Born On This Day [ON THIS DAY]

American composer and pianist George Gershwin was born on this day in 1898 – 119 years ago. Dying in 1937, aged just 38, Gershwin's signature works include 'Rhapsody in Blue',...

Hungarian Composer Béla Bartók Died On This Day in 1945 [ON THIS DAY]

Hungarian composer and pianist Béla Bartók died on this day in 1945 – aged 64. Remembered as one of the most influential composers of the 20th Century, Bartok made...

Today is Italian Violinist Salvatore Accardo’s 75th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Italian violinist Salvatore Accardo’s 75th birthday. A former 1st prize winner at the Geneva and Paganini International Violin Competitions - Maestro Accardo is...

Today is Violinist VC Rising Star Yesong Sophie Lee’s 14th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is violinist VC Rising Star Yesong Sophie Lee's 14th birthday! A student of Simon James, Hiro David and Jan Coleman in Seattle, Sophie is...

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