Saturday, February 16, 2019

French Romantic Composer Ernest Chausson Born On This Day in 1855 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French Romantic composer Ernest Chausson was born on this day in 1855 – 164 years ago. His signature works include a symphony, two symphonic poems,...

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

Russian-born American violin virtuoso Mischa Elman was born on this day in 1891 – 128 years ago. He is widely regarded as one of the finest violinists...

Camille Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No 1 Premiered On This Day in 1873 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Camille Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No 1 in A Minor Op. 33 premiered on this day in 1873 – 146 years ago. The first performance was...

American Violin Virtuoso Michael Rabin Died On This Day in 1972 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violin virtuoso Michael Rabin died on this day in 1972, 47 years ago – aged just 35. A celebrated child prodigy, he is remembered as one...

Czech Violinist & Pedagogue Otakar Ševčík Died On This Day in 1934 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Czech violinist and pedagogue Otakar Ševčík died on this day in 1934. He served teaching positions at the Prague Conservatory, Russian Music Society and the Vienna Music...

Today is German Violinist Ulf Hoelscher’s 77th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is German violinist Ulf Hoelscher’s 77th birthday! A student of Max Rostal, Josef Gingold, Paul Makanowitzky and Ivan Galamian, Professor Hoelscher currently serves distinguished...

Legendary Italian Conductor Arturo Toscanini Died On This Day in 1957 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Italian-born American conductor Arturo Toscanini died on this day in 1957. He is remembered as one of the most acclaimed musicians of all time...

Italian Violin Virtuoso Rodolfo Lipizer Born On This Day in 1895 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian violin virtuoso and conductor Rodolfo Lipizer was born on this day in 1895. Dying in 1974, the Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition, held annually...

Today is Violinist VC Artist Tobias Feldmann’s 28th Birthday [ON THIS DAY]

Today is German violinist, VC Artist Tobias Feldmann’s 28th birthday. A graduate of the Hanns Eisler Conservatory of Music in Berlin, where he studied with Professor...

Today is German Violinist Kolja Blacher’s 55th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is German violinist Kolja Blacher's 55th birthday. A student of Dorothy DeLay and Sandor Vegh, he is a former Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic...

Bulgarian Violin Virtuoso Vasco Abadjiev Born On This Day in 1926 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Bulgarian violin virtuoso Vasco Abadjiev was born on this day in 1926 – 93 years ago. Plagued by the war years and the death of his beloved...

Today is Latvian Conductor Mariss Jansons’ 76th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons’ 76th birthday. Maestro Jansons is widely regarded as one of today’s foremost conductors – he currently serves as Chief Conductor...

Today is British Violinist & Model Charlie Siem’s 33rd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is British violinist and fashion model Charlie Siem’s 33rd birthday. A student of Ithzak Rashkovsky and Shlomo Mintz, Charlie’s recent debuts include performances with the Moscow Philharmonic, Oslo...

Legendary Soviet Cellist Daniil Shafran Born On This Day in 1923 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Soviet cellist Daniil Shafran was born on this day in 1923 – 96 years ago. Dying in 1997, Maestro Shafran is remembered as one of the...

Russian-Born American Violin Virtuoso Nathan Milstein Born On This Day in 1904 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-born American violin virtuoso Nathan Milstein was born on this day in 1904. A student of Pyotr Stolyarsky, Leopold Auer and Eugène Ysaÿe, he is remembered as one of the...

Today is Israeli-Born Violin Pedagogue Shmuel Ashkenasi’s 78th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Israeli-born violin virtuoso and pedagogue Shmuel Ashkenasi's 78th birthday. A student of Ilona Feher and Efrem Zimbalist, Mr Ashkenasi is a former...

Polish-Australian Violin Virtuoso Wanda Wilkomirska Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish-Australian violin virtuoso Wanda Wilkomirska was born on this day - in 1929. A protégé of Ede Zathureczki, Tadeusz Wroński and Henryk Szeryng, Ms Wilkomirska is...

Russian-American Violin Pedagogue Josef Gingold Died On This Day in 1995 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-American violinist and pedagogue Josef Gingold died on this day in 1995 – aged 85. A student of Eugene Ysaye, he is remembered as one...

Today is Italian-Born American Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Italian-born American violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg’s birthday. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, Nadja is a former grand prize...

Today is Soviet-Born Israeli Cellist Mischa Maisky’s 71st Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Soviet-born Israeli cellist Mischa Maisky’s 71st birthday. A student of Mstislav Rostropovich and Gregor Piatigorsky, he is widely regarded as one of the...

Revolutionary French Violin Pedagogue Lucien Capet Born On This Day in 1873 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Revolutionary French violin pedagogue and composer Lucien Capet was born on this day in 1873. He served a long-term teaching position at the Société Sainte-Cécile de Bordeaux – during...

Famed French Cellist Pierre Fournier Died On This Day in 1986 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Famed French cellist Pierre Fournier died on this day in 1986 – aged 79. A student of Paul Bazelaire and Anton Hekking, he is remembered...

American Violin Virtuoso Maud Powell Died On This Day in 1920 – Aged Just 52 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violin virtuoso Maud Powell died on this day in 1920 – aged just 52. A student of Henry Schradieck, Charles Dancla and Joseph Joachim,...

French Composer & Pianist Francis Poulenc Born On This Day in 1899 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French composer and pianist Francis Poulenc was born on this day in 1899 - 120 years ago. Dying in 1963, Poulenc's major contributions to the...

British Violinist & Conductor Iona Brown Born On This Day in 1941 [ON-THIS-DAY]

British violinist and conductor Iona Brown was born on this day in 1941 - 78 years ago. Ms Brown was the former Music Director of...

Today is Dutch Violin Virtuoso Janine Jansen’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Dutch superstar violinist Janine Jansen’s birthday. A protégé of Philippe Hirschhorn and Boris Belkin, Janine is widely regarded as one of today's top-tier...

German Conductor Gunter Wand Born On This Day in 1912 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German conductor Gunter Wand was born on this day in 1912 – 107 years ago. Dying in 2002, Maestro Wand is remembered as one of...

Composer Max Bruch Born On This Day in 1838 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer Max Bruch was born on this day in 1838 – 181 years ago. Dying in 1920, Bruch composed over 200 works - including 3 symphonies, 3 violin concerti, Scottish...

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...

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...

Bruch Violin Concerto in G Minor Premiered On This Day in 1868 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor Op. 26 premiered on this day in 1868 – 151 years ago. The first performance was...

French Conductor Georges Pretre Died On This Day in 2017 – Aged 92 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French orchestral and operatic conductor Georges Pretre died on this day in 2017 - aged 92. Throughout his seven decade career, he led many of...

Composer & Violinist Josef Suk Sr Born On This Day in 1874 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Czech composer and violinist Josef Suk Sr was born on this day in 1874 – 145 years ago. Dying in 1935, Suk composed a large...

Austrian-Born Dutch Violinist Oskar Back Died On This Day in 1963 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian-born Dutch violinist Oskar Back died on this day in 1963 - aged 83. A student of Eugène Ysaÿe and César Thomson, he served a...

Today is Cellist, VC Artist Benedict Kloeckner’s 30th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is German cellist, VC Artist Benedict Kloeckner's 30th birthday. A graduate of the Kronberg Academy, where he studied with Frans Helmerson and Gary Hoffman, Benedict is a former prize...

Camille Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 Premiered On This Day in 1881 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Camille Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor Op. 61 premiered on this day in 1881 - 138 years ago. The first performance was...

Brahms Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day in 1879 – 140 Years Ago [ON-THIS-DAY]

Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major Op.77 premiered on this day in 1879 - 140 years ago. The first performance was given by Hungarian virtuoso...

American Violinist & Pedagogue Louis Persinger Died On This Day in 1966 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violinist, pianist and pedagogue Louis Persinger died on this day in 1966 – aged 79.  A protégé of Hans Becker, Eugène Ysaÿe and Jacques Thibaud,...

British Viola Virtuoso Lionel Tertis Born On This Day in 1876 [ON-THIS-DAY]

British viola virtuoso Lionel Tertis was born on this day in 1876 – 142 years ago. Dying in 1975, he is remembered as one of the...

Spanish Cello Virtuoso Pablo Casals Born On This Day in 1876 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Spanish cello virtuoso Pablo Casals was born on this day in 1876 – 142 years ago. Maestro Casals is remembered as one of the finest...

Polish Violin Virtuoso Josef Hassid Born On This Day in 1923 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish violin virtuoso Josef Hassid was born on this day in 1923 – 95 years ago. A prodigious student of Carl Flesch, he was destined...

American Comedian & Violinist Jack Benny Died On This Day in 1974 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American comedian, vaudevillian, actor and violinist Jack Benny died on this day in 1974 – aged 80. He is remembered as one of America’s leading...

British Violinist Hugh Bean Died On This Day in 2003 – Aged 74 [ON-THIS-DAY]

British violinist Hugh Bean died on this day in 2003 – aged 74. A student of Albert Sammons and André Gertler, Maestro Bean served as...

Shostakovich Cello Sonata in D Minor Premiered On This Day in 1934 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Dmitri Shostakovich Cello Sonata in D Minor Op. 40 premiered on this day in 1934. The first performance was given by Soviet cellist Viktor Kubatsky...

Soviet Violin Virtuoso Boris Goldstein Born On This Day in 1922 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Soviet violin virtuoso Boris Goldstein was born on this day in 1922. Dying in 1987, he was a former prize winner at the Wieniawski and...

Composer Franz Waxman Was Born On This Day in 1906 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Jewish-American Composer Franz Waxman was born on this day in 1906 - 112 years ago. Dying in 1967, Waxman is remembered predominantly for his film...

Beethoven Violin Concerto in D Major Premiered On This Day in 1806 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Beethoven Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 61 premiered on this day in 1806 – 212 years ago. The first performance was given by Austrian...

Today is American Violinist Glenn Dicterow’s 70th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American violinist Glenn Dicterow's 70th birthday. A student of Ivan Galamian, Jascha Heifetz and Henryk Szeryng, Mr Dicterow served as Concertmaster of the...

Today is South Korean VC Young Artist Yoojin Jang’s 28th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is South Korean VC Young Artist Yoojin Jang’s 28th birthday! A Doctoral student of Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory, Yoojin is a...

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...

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VC YOUNG ARTIST | Dmytro Udovychenko, 19 – Heifetz, Postacchini & Joachim Competition Prize Winner

19-year-old Ukrainian violinist Dmytro Udovychenko is firmly establishing himself as a rising young concert artist of outstanding potential. A student of Boris Garlitsky at the Folkwang University...

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