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Today is VC Young Artist William Hagen’s 26th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American violinist, VC Young Artist William Hagen’s 26th birthday! A graduate of the Colburn School and the Kronberg Academy, where he studied with Robert...

Soviet Violin Virtuoso Boris Goldstein Died On This Day in 1987 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Soviet violin virtuoso Boris Goldstein died on this day in 1987 – aged 65. A former prize winner at the Wieniawski and Queen Elisabeth International...

Scottish-Born Violin Virtuoso Henri Temianka Died On This Day in 1992 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Scottish-born violin virtuoso Henri Temianka died on this day in 1992 – aged 85. A student of Jules Boucherit and Carl Flesch, he was...

Russian Violin Virtuoso Julian Sitkovetsky Born On This Day in 1925 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian violin virtuoso Julian Sitkovetsky was born on this day in 1925 – 93 years ago. Dying aged just 32 from lung cancer, David Oistrakh...

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...

Today is VC Young Artist Ioana Cristina Goicea’s 26th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Romanian-born violinist, VC Young Artist Ioana Cristina Goicea's 26th birthday! A former major prizewinner at the Brahms, Postacchini, Valsesia Musica, Fritz Kreisler and...

Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Died On This Day in 1893 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky died on this day in 1893 – aged just 53. The first Russian composer whose music made a lasting impression internationally, Tchaikovsky's signature works include...

Samuel Barber’s ‘Adagio For Strings’ Premiered On This Day in 1938 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings premiered on this day in 1938. The first performance was conducted by Arturo Toscanini with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. The highly-emotive masterwork...

American Composer Elliott Carter Died On This Day in 2012 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American composer Elliott Carter died on this day in 2012 – aged 103. A two time Pulitzer Prize winner, Mr Carter's contributions to the string repertoire...

Composer Felix Mendelssohn Died On This Day in 1847 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer Felix Mendelssohn died on this day in 1847. Mendelssohn's signature works include his overture and incidental music from A Midsummer Night's Dream, his Italian and...

French Composer Gabriel Fauré Died On This Day in 1924 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French composer Gabriel Fauré died on this day in 1924 – aged 79. He is remembered as one of the most prominent French composers of...

Conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos Died On This Day in 1960 – Aged 64 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Greek-American conductor, pianist and composer Dimitri Mitropoulos died on this day in 1960 – aged 64. He is remembered as one of the most celebrated conductors...

Szymanowski Violin Concerto No. 1 Premiered On This Day in 1922 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Karol Szymanowski Violin Concerto No 1 premiered on this day in 1922 – 96 years ago. The first performance was given by Polish virtuoso Józef...

Jewish-Austrian Violin Virtuoso Erika Morini Died On This Day in 1995 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Jewish-Austrian violin virtuoso Erika Morini died on this day in 1995 – aged 91. A protege of Otakar Ševčík, Ms Morini is remembered as one...

Today is Israeli Violinist Shlomo Mintz’s 61st Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian-born Israeli violinist Shlomo Mintz's 61st birthday. A prodigy of Ilona Fehér and Dorothy DeLay, he made his solo debut with the Israel Philharmonic...

Today is Greek Violin Virtuoso Leonidas Kavakos’ 51st Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Greek violin virtuoso Leonidas Kavakos' 51st birthday. A former 1st prize winner at Sibelius, Naumburg and Paganini International Violin Competitions, he is widely respected...

Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 Premiered On This Day in 1955 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Dmitri Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor Op. 99 premiered on this day in 1955 - 63 years ago. The first performance was...

Today is American Violin Pedagogue Ida Kavafian’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Armenian-American violinist and pedagogue Ida Kavafian's birthday. A student of Oscar Shumsky and Ivan Galamian, Ms Kavafian currently serves distinguished teaching positions on faculty...

Violin Pedagogue Josef Gingold Born On This Day in 1909 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-born American violinist and teacher Josef Gingold was born on this day in 1909 – 109 years ago. A student of Vladimir Graffman and...

Today is Violin Pedagogue Boris Kuschnir’s 70th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Austrian violinist and pedagogue Boris Kuschnir's 70th birthday. A graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, Professor Kuschnir currently holds teaching positions at the Konservatorium...

French Virtuoso Ginette Neveu Died On This Day in 1949 – Aged Just 30 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French virtuoso Ginette Neveu died on this day in 1949 – aged just 30. A student of Jules Boucherit, George Enescu and Carl Flesch, Ginette...

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...

Italian Violinist and Composer Niccolò Paganini Born On This Day in 1782 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini was born on this day in 1782. Dying in 1840, Paganini is remembered as one of the most celebrated...

Austrian Composer Johann Strauss II Born On This Day in 1825 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian composer Johann Strauss II was born on this day in 1825. The son of Johann Strauss Sr, Strauss Jr composed over 500 waltzes, polkas,...

Italian Violin Virtuoso Camillo Sivori Born On This Day in 1815 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian violin virtuoso and composer Camillo Sivori was born on this day in 1815 – 203 years ago. He is remembered in history as Paganini's...

Today is Japanese-Born Violin Virtuoso Midori’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Japanese-born American violin virtuoso Midori’s birthday. A recognized child prodigy, she made her professional solo debut with the New York Philharmonic aged just...

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...

Stravinsky Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day in 1931 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Igor Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto in D premiered on this day in 1931 – 87 years ago. The first performance was given by Samuel Dushkin -...

Spanish Cellist Pablo Casals Died On This Day in 1973 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Spanish cellist Pablo Casals died on this day in 1973 – aged 96. He is remembered as one of the distinguished cello virtuosi of...

Hungarian-British Conductor Sir Georg Solti Born On This Day in 1912 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian-British conductor Sir Georg Solti was born on this day in 1912 – 106 years ago. Maestro Solti is remembered as one of the finest conductors of...

American Composer Charles Ives Born On This Day in 1874 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American composer Charles Ives was born on this day in 1874 – 144 years ago. Dying in 1954, Mr Ives is remembered as America's first...

Italian-Born British Violin Virtuoso Alfredo Campoli Born On This Day in 1906 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian-born British violin virtuoso Alfredo Campoli was born on this day in 1906. He is remembered as one of the finest violinists of the 20th Century –...

Today is American-Canadian Violin Virtuoso Leila Josefowicz’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American-Canadian violin virtuoso Leila Josefowicz's birthday! A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Leila began her international career performing with the...

Jean Sibelius Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day in 1905 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Jean Sibelius' Violin Concerto in D Minor Op. 47 premiered on this day in 1905. The first performance was given by Czech violinist Karel Halíř...

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...

Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major Premiered On This Day in 1923 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Sergei Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major premiered on this day in 1923 – 95 years ago. The first performance was given by...

Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin and Cello Premiered On This Day in 1887 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Johannes Brahms’ Double Concerto in A Minor Op. 102 for violin, cello and orchestra premiered on this day in 1887 – 131 years ago. The...

Today Is VC Artist Josef Spacek’s 32nd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is violinist, VC Artist Josef Spacek’s 32nd birthday. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, where he studied with Ida Kavafian, Jaime Laredo...

Today Is Russian Violin Virtuoso Viktor Tretyakov’s 72nd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian violin virtuoso Viktor Tretyakov’s 72nd birthday. A student of Yuri Yankelevich, he is a former Grand Prize winner at the Tchaikovsky International...

Belgian Violin Virtuoso Arthur Grumiaux Died On This Day in 1986 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Belgian violin virtuoso and pianist Arthur Grumiaux died on this day in 1986 – aged 65. A student of Alfred Dubois and George Enescu, he is remembered as...

Dvořák Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day in 1883 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Antonín Dvořák's Violin Concerto in A Minor Op. 53 was premiered on this day in 1883. The concerto was inspired and dedicated to Hungarian virtuoso Joseph...

Violin Virtuoso Gioconda de Vito Died On This Day in 1994 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian-British violin virtuoso Gioconda de Vito died on this day in 1994. Ms de Vito was a former 1st prize winner at the Vienna International Violin Competition, and is remembered...

American Composer & Conductor Leonard Bernstein Died On This Day in 1990 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein died on this day in 1990 – aged 72. He is remembered as one of the most prodigiously talented...

Italian Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti Born On This Day in 1935 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti was born on this day in 1935 – 83 years ago. Maestro Pavarotti is remembered as one of the finest tenors of...

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...

Today is Russian Pianist Evgeny Kissin’s 47th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin’s 47th 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...

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 – 205 years ago. Verdi is remembered as one of the most influential composers of...

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, Mr Olof was former prize winner at...

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