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Today is Violinist/Violist Mikhail Bezverkhny’s 69th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian violinist and violist Mikhail Bezverkhny's 69th birthday! A student of Yuri Yankelevich, Mr Bezverkhny is a former prize winner at the Queen...

Italian Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti Died On This Day in 2007 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti died on this day in 2007 - 11 years ago. Maestro Pavarotti is remembered as one of the finest tenors of the...

Today is VC Artist Jennifer Pike’s 29th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is British violinist, VC Artist Jennifer Pike’s 29th birthday! A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama & the University of Oxford,...

Stephane Grappelli Born On This Day in 1908 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary French jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli was born on this day in 1908 – 110 years ago. Dying in 1997, aged 89, Mr Grappelli is remembered for...

American Violinist Michael Rabin Died On This Day in 1972 – Aged Just 35 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violinist Michael Rabin died on this day in 1972, 45 years ago - aged just 35. He is remembered as one of the pre-eminent...

Today is Japanese Conductor Seiji Ozawa’s 83rd Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa’s 83rd birthday! One of the greatest conductors of the past century, Maestro Ozawa has served principal conducting positions with...

Today is Chinese-American Cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s 61st Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is French-born Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma's 61st birthday! He is widely regarded as one of the pre-eminent virtuosi string soloists of all time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qrKjywjo7Q&showinfo=0&autohide=1 YO- YO...

Italian luthier Carlo Bergonzi Was Born On This Day in 1683 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian luthier Carlo Bergonzi was born on this day in 1683. He is remembered as one of Antonio Stradivari's greatest pupils – later inheriting Stradivari's...

Violinist and Composer Antonio Bazzini Was Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian violinist and composer Antonio Bazzini was born on this day in 1818. Remembered as one of the celebrated violin virtuosi of the 19th Century,...

Polish-American Violinist Piotr Janowski Born On This Day in 1951 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish-American violinist Piotr Janowski was born on this day in 1951 – 67 years ago. A student of Ivan Galamian, Zino Francescatti, Henryk Szeryng and Jascha Heifetz, Mr Janowski was a former...

American Violinist Robert Mann Was Born On This Day in 1920 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violinist, composer and conductor Robert Mann was born on this day in 1920 - 98 years ago. A student of Edouard Dethier, he was a founding...

Today is South Korean VC Young Artist Yoojin Jang’s 27th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is South Korean VC Young Artist Yoojin Jang’s 27th birthday! A Doctoral student of Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory, Yoojin is a...

Today is VC Artist Noah Bendix-Balgley’s 34th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American VC Artist Noah Bendix-Balgley’s 34th birthday! A graduate of Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Munich, Noah is a former...

French Composer Hector Berlioz Died On This Day in 1869 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French romantic composer Hector Berlioz died on this day in 1869 – 149 years ago. His signature works include 'Symphonie Fantastique' and 'Grande Messe des...

Canadian Pianist Glenn Gould Born On This Day in 1932 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Canadian pianist Glenn Gould was born on this day in 1932 – 85 years ago. Dying in 1982, aged just 50, he is widely regarded...

Austrian-Born Dutch Violinist & Pedagogue Oskar Back Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian-born Dutch violinist Oskar Back was born on this day in 1879. A student of Eugène Ysaÿe and César Thomson, he served a 42 year...

French Violinist Christian Ferras Died On This Day in 1982 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French violinist Christian Ferras died on this day in 1982 – aged just 49. A student of Charles Bistesi and George Enescu, he is remembered a one...

Today is Chinese-American Cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s 63rd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is French-born Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma's 63rd 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...

Today is American Violinist Glenn Dicterow’s 69th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American violinist Glenn Dicterow's 69th birthday. A student of Ivan Galamian, Jascha Heifetz and Henryk Szeryng, Mr Dicterow served as Concertmaster of the...

German Composer & Violinist Louis Spohr Died On This Day in 1859 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer and violinist Louis Spohr died on this day in 1859 – 158 years ago. Spohr's works include 9 symphonies, 10 operas and 15...

Austrian Conductor Karl Böhm Died On This Day in 1981 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian conductor Karl Böhm died on this day in 1981 – aged 86. Remembered as one of the greatest symphonic and operatic conductors of all time, Maestro...

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...

Russian-born American Virtuoso Mischa Elman was Born On This Day in 1891 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-born American virtuoso Mischa Elman was born on this day in 1891 – 126 years ago. He is widely regarded as one of the finest...

Today is VC Artist Angelo Xiang Yu’s 28th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is VC Artist Angelo Xiang Yu’s 28th birthday. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Angelo is a former prize winner at the Michael...

Polish-American Pianist Arthur Rubinstein Was Born On This Day in 1887 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish-American pianist Arthur Rubinstein was born on this day in 1887 – 131 years ago. A student of Karl Heinrich Barth, Maestro Rubinstein is remembered...

Russian Composer Sergei Prokofiev Died On This Day in 1953 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian composer, pianist and conductor Sergei Prokofiev died on this day in 1953 – aged 61. His signature works include 5 piano concertos, 9 piano...

Today is Violinist Nicola Benedetti’s 31st Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Scottish violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti’s 31st birthday! A graduate of the Yehudi Menuhin School, Nicola is a former 1st prize winner at the BBC 'Young Musician of...

American Composer John Cage Died On This Day in 1992 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American composer, music theorist, writer and artist John Cage died on this day in 1992 – aged 79. A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music and...

Violin Virtuoso Gioconda de Vito Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian-British violin virtuoso Gioconda de Vito was born on this day in 1907. Ms de Vito was a former 1st prize winner at the Vienna...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Born On This Day in 1756 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on this day in 1756 – 262 years ago. Mozart is remembered in history as one of the most prolific and...

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...

Today is Violinist & Conductor Richard Tognetti’s 53rd Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Australian violinist and conductor Richard Tognetti’s 53rd birthday! For the past 28 years, Richard has served as the Artistic Director and Leader of the Australian...

British Violinist Albert Sammons Died On This Day in 1957 [ON-THIS-DAY]

British violinist Albert Sammons died on this day in 1957 – aged 71. Largely self-taught, Mr Sammons is remembered in history for his close association with Elgar’s Violin...

Today is Conductor Herbert Blomstedt’s 90th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Swedish conductor Herbert Blomstedt's 90th birthday. He has served Principal positions with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Danish Radio Symphony, Swedish Radio...

American Violinist Joseph Silverstein Born On This Day in 1932 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violinist and conductor Joseph Silverstein was born on this day in 1932. Mr Silverstein was a former prize winner at the Queen Elisabeth and...

Violinist 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 & Composer Eugène Ysaÿe Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Belgian violin virtuoso, composer and conductor Eugène Ysaÿe died on this day in 1931 – 87 years ago. Legendary pedagogue Carl Flesch once described him...

Today is German Violinist Ulf Hoelscher’s 75th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is German violinist Ulf Hoelscher’s 75th birthday! A student of Max Rostal, Josef Gingold, Paul Makanowitzky and Ivan Galamian, he currently serves distinguished teaching...

Today is VC Rising Star Johan Dalene’s 18th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Swedish violinist, VC Rising Star Johan Dalene’s 18th birthday. A student of Per Enoksson at the Royal College of Music, in Stockholm, Johan...

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...

Composer and Violinist Karl Goldmark Died On This Day in 1915 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian composer and violinist Karl Goldmark died on this day in 1915 - aged 84. Largely self-taught as a composer, his signature works include the...

Brahms’ Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major Premiered On This Day in 1879 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Brahms' Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major Op. 78 premiered on this day in 1879 - in Bonn. A much loved standard in today's...

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...

Bartók’s 2nd Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day in 1939 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Béla Bartók's 2nd Violin Concerto premiered on this day in 1939 – 79 years ago. The first performance was given by Hungarian virtuoso Zoltán Székely...

Today is Russian Pedagogue Zakhar Bron‘s 70th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian pedagogue Professor Zakhar Bron’s 70th birthday! Widely regarded as one of the most influential violin teachers alive today, he has served Professorships...

Today is Japanese Viola Virtuoso Nobuko Imai’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Japanese viola virtuoso Nobuko Imai's birthday. A former 1st prize winner at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and Geneva International Music...

Italian-Born British Violin Virtuoso Alfredo Campoli Died On This Day in 1991 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian-born British violin virtuoso Alfredo Campoli died on this day in 1991 – aged 84. He is remembered as one of the finest violinists of...

Italian Baroque Composer & Violinist Pietro Locatelli Born On This Day in 1695 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian Baroque composer and violinist Pietro Locatelli was born on this day in 1695. A student of Arcangelo Corelli, Locatelli's sizeable contribution to the violin repertoire includes...

Dvořák’s Four ‘Romantic Pieces’ Op. 75 Premiered On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Antonín Dvořák's four 'Romantic Pieces' Op. 75 premiered on this day in 1887 – 131 years ago. The first performance was given by Czech violinist...

Today is South Korean Cellist Han-Na Chang‘s 35th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is South Korean cellist and conductor Han-Na Chang‘s 35th birthday! A protege of Mischa Maisky and Mstislav Rostropovich, she shot to international fame in...

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