Friday, September 20, 2019

Today is Russian Violinist Igor Oistrakh’s 87th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Soviet-born violinist Igor Oistrakh’s 87th birthday! The son of virtuoso David Oistrakh, he has served a distinguished teaching position on faculty at Brussel's...

Conductor Herbert von Karajan Was Born On This Day in 1908 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan was born on this day in 1908 – 111 years ago. Dying in 1989, Maestro von Karajan is remembered as...

Today is Violin Virtuoso Ida Haendel’s 90th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is violin virtuoso Ida Haendel’s 90th birthday! A student of Carl Flesch and George Enescu, she is widely respected as one of the preeminent...

Legendary Violin Pedagogue Ivan Galamian Died On This Day in 1981 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Iranian-born Armenian violinist Ivan Galamian died on this day in 1981 – 38 years ago. A student of French pedagogue Lucien Capet, he is remembered...

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 - 115 years ago. A protege of Otakar Ševčík, Ms Morini is remembered as one of...

Today is Canadian Violinist Corey Cerovsek’s 45th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Canadian violinist Corey Cerovsek’s 45th birthday! A recognised child prodigy, he made his professional debut aged just 9 - and graduated from Indiana...

Polish Violinist Josef Hassid Died On This Day in 1950 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish violinist Josef Hassid died on this day in 1950 – aged just 26. Battling schizophrenia for much of his adult life, Mr Hassid...

Russian Violinist & Pedagogue Efrem Zimbalist Born On This Day in 1890 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-born violin virtuoso, pedagogue and composer Efrem Zimbalist was born on this day in 1890. A student of Leopold Auer, he is remembered as one of the...

French Composer Édouard Lalo Died On This Day in 1892 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French composer Édouard Lalo died on this day in 1892. Lalo's signature works include his Symphony in G Minor, Cello Concerto in D Minor – and...

Maurice Ravel’s ‘Tzigane’ Premiered On This Day in 1924 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Maurice Ravel’s showpiece Tzigane premiered on this day in 1924 - 95 years ago. The first performance was given by Hungarian virtuoso Jelly d'Arányi, in London -...

Today is Israeli-American Violin Virtuoso Itzhak Perlman’s 74th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Israeli-American violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman’s 74th birthday! A protégé of Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay, Mr Perlman is widely regarded as one the greatest violinists of the...

Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto No. 1 Premiered On This Day in 1987 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Philip Glass' Violin Concerto No. 1 premiered on this day in 1987 - in New York City. The first performance was given by American soloist Paul...

Today is VC Young Artist Veriko Tchumburidze’s 23rd Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is VC Young Artist Veriko Tchumburidze's 23rd birthday! A student of Professor Ana Chumachenko at the Munich Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Veriko is a former 1st prize...

Russian-Born Violin Virtuoso Mischa Elman Died On This Day in 1967 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-born American virtuoso Mischa Elman died on this day in 1967 – aged 76. Mr Elman is remembered as one of the finest violinists of...

Today is British Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber’s 68th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber's 68th birthday! A student of Pierre Fournier, he has premiered a number of important works including Cello Concertos...

Russian Cello Virtuoso Mstislav Rostropovich Died On This Day in 2007 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Russian cello virtuoso Mstislav Rostropovich died on this day in 2007 - aged 80. A strong advocate of new music, he premiered over 100...

Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day in 1936 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Alban Berg's Violin Concerto premiered on this day, in Barcelona, in 1936. The first performance was given by Ukrainian-American virtuoso Louis Krasner – with Hermann...

American Violinist Berl Senofsky was Born On This Day in 1926 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violin virtuoso Berl Senofsky was born on this day in 1926. A student of Louis Persinger and Ivan Galamian, Mr Senofsky was a former...

Composer Jean-Baptiste Accolay Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Belgian violinist and composer Jean-Baptiste Accolay was born on this day in 1833 – 184 years ago. Accolay’s signature work is his student Violin Concerto in...

American Violin Virtuoso Berl Senofsky Died On This Day in 2002 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violin virtuoso Berl Senofsky died on this day in 2002 - aged 76. A student of Louis Persinger and Ivan Galamian, Mr Senofsky was a...

Austrian Violinist Willi Boskovsky Died On This Day in 1991 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian violinist and conductor Willi Boskovsky died on this day in 1991 – aged 81. Maestro Boskovsky served as Concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra...

Today is VC Young Artist Zeyu Victor Li’s 22nd Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Chinese VC Young Artist Zeyu Victor Li's 22nd birthday! A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Aaron Rosand and Ida Kavafian,...

Violin Virtuoso Jascha Heifetz Born On This Day 118 Years Ago [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary violin virtuoso Jascha Heifetz was born on this day in 1901 – 118 years ago. A protégé of Leopold Auer, he is remembered in history as one of...

Belgian Violinist Arthur Grumiaux Was Born On This Day on 1921 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Belgian violinist Arthur Grumiaux was born on this day in 1921 – 98 years ago. Dying in 1986, aged just 65, he is remembered as one...

American Violinist Guila Bustabo Died on This Day in 2002 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Celebrated American violinist Guila Bustabo died on this day in 2002 – aged 86. A student of Leon Sametini and Louis Persinger, she is remembered as one...

Today is Violin Virtuoso Joshua Bell’s 51st Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American violin virtuoso Joshua Bell's 51st birthday! A student of legendary Russian pedagogue Josef Gingold, Joshua serves as Music Director of the Academy...

Today is Violinist Andrés Cárdenes’ 62nd Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Cuban-born violinist Andrés Cárdenes' 62nd birthday! Mr Cárdenes served as Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for more than 20 years – and...

Today is Violinist Christian Tetzlaff’s 53rd Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is German violin virtuoso Christian Tetzlaff's 53rd birthday! A student of Uwe-Martin Haiberg and Walter Levin, he is widely respected as one of today's...

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

Austrian-born violin virtuoso Erika Morini was born on this day in 1904 – 115 years ago. Tragically her 1727 ‘Davidoff’ Stradivarius and a number of...

Legendary British Cellist Jacqueline du Pre Died On This Day in 1987 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary British cellist Jacqueline du Pre died on this day in 1987 from Multiple Sclerosis – aged 42. Despite being forced to retire from the...

Violinist & Composer George Enescu Died On This Day in 1955 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Romanian violinist, composer and conductor George Enescu died on this day in 1955 – aged 73. Remembered as one of the most influential violin pedagogues...

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

Virtuoso Jascha Heifetz died on this day in 1987 – aged 86. A protege of Leopold Auer, he is remembered as arguably the greatest violinist...

Today is Russian Violin Virtuoso Victor Pikayzen’s 86th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is celebrated Russian violin virtuoso Victor Pikayzen's 86th birthday. A protege of David Oistrakh, he is a former prize winner at the Paganini, Queen...

Today is Norwegian Cellist Truls Mørk’s 58th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Norwegian cello virtuoso Truls Mørk's 58th birthday! A student of Natalia Shakhovskaya, Mr. Mørk is a former prize winner at the Tchaikovsky, Naumburg...

Today is American Composer John Williams’ 87th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American composer, conductor and pianist John Williams’ 87th birthday. The recipient of 3 Emmy Awards, 5 Academy Awards and 21 Grammy Awards, he...

Today is Korean VC Young Artist SooBeen Lee’s 19th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Korean violin virtuoso VC Young Artist SooBeen Lee’s 19th birthday. Praised for her eloquent music making, maturity and effortless virtuosity, SooBeen is a former...

Today is South Korean Violinist Dong-Suk Kang’s 65th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is South Korean violin virtuoso Dong-Suk Kang's 65th birthday! A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with legendary pedagogue Ivan...

Composer Sergei Prokofiev Was Born On This Day in 1891 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian composer, pianist and conductor Sergei Prokofiev was born on this day in 1891 - 128 years ago. Dying in 1953, Prokofiev is remembered as...

Today is German-American Violinist David Garrett’s 36th Birthday [ON-THIS DAY]

Today is German-American violinist David Garrett's 36th birthday. A protege of Ida Haendel and Itzhak Perlman, David at the age of 13 became the youngest...

Violin Virtuoso Bronislav Gimpel Died on This Day in 1979 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish-American violin virtuoso Bronislav Gimpel died on this day in 1979 – aged 67. A protege of Carl Flesch, Mr Gimpel is remembered as one of...

Cello Virtuoso Gregor Piatigorsky Born On This Day in 1903 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-born American cello virtuoso Gregor Piatigorskywas born on this day in 1903 – 116 years ago. Dying in 1976, Maestro Piatigorsky served as Principal Cellist...

Legendary Soviet Violin Virtuoso David Oistrakh Died On This Day in 1974 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Soviet violin virtuoso David Oistrakh died on this day in 1974 – aged 66. He is widely celebrated as one of the preeminent violinists...

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 Argentinian Pianist Martha Argerich’s 78th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Argentinian pianist Martha Argerich's 78th birthday! A former 1st prize winner at the Geneva, Chopin and Perruccio Busoni International Piano Competitions, Ms Argerich...

American Violin Virtuoso Michael Rabin Was Born On This Day in 1936 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violin virtuoso Michael Rabin was born on this day in 1936 - 83 years ago. A celebrated child prodigy, he is remembered as one...

Today is Violin Virtuoso & Fashion Model Filip Pogady’s 32nd Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Slovakian-born violin virtuoso and male fashion model Filip Pogady's 32nd birthday! A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with...

Today is Israeli-Born Violinist Ivry Gitlis’ 97th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Israeli violin virtuoso Ivry Gitlis’ 97th birthday! A student of Carl Flesch, George Enescu and Jacques Thibaud, Mr Gitlis is widely respsected as one of the pre-eminent violinists...

Today is German-American Violinist David Garrett’s 39th Birthday [ON-THIS DAY]

Today is German-American violinist David Garrett’s 39th birthday! A protégé of Ida Haendel and Itzhak Perlman, David, at the age of 13, became the youngest artist in history to...

American Violin Virtuoso Eugene Fodor Born On This Day in 1950 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violin virtuoso Eugene Fodor was born on this day in 1950. A student of Ivan Galamian, Josef Gingold and Jascha Heifetz, he was a...

Today is Russian-Born Violinist Dora Schwarzberg’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian-born violinist and pedagogue Dora Schwarzberg's birthday! A student of legendary Russian pedagogue Yuri Yankelevich, Ms. Schwarzberg currently serves a teaching position on...

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