Friday, September 20, 2019

Violin Virtuoso Erick Friedman Was Born On This Day in 1939 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violinist Erick Friedman was born on this day in 1939. A student of Ivan Galamian, Nathan Milstein and Jascha Heifetz, he is remembered as one of the most gifted violinists...

Conductor Georges Prêtre Was Born On This Day in 1924 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French orchestral and operatic conductor Georges Prêtre was born on this day in 1924. Throughout his seven decade career, he led many of the world’s finest...

French Composer Jules Massenet Died On This Day in 1912 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French composer Jules Massenet died on this day in 1912 – 107 years ago – aged 70. Massenet's signature works include operas Manon, Werther and Esclarmonde. His major contribution...

Czech Composer Leoš Janáček Died On This Day in 1928 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Czech composer Leoš Janáček died on this day in 1928 – aged 74. Janáček, Dvořák and Smetana are widely regarded as the three most influential Czech composers...

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...

Today is American Violinist Alexander Kerr’s 49th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American violinist Alexander Kerr’s 49th birthday! A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Alexander currently serves as Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra –...

Legendary Czech Conductor Rafael Kubelik Died On This Day in 1996 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Czech conductor Rafael Kubelik died on this day in 1996 - aged 82. The son of Bohemian violin virtuoso Jan Kubelík, Maestro Kubelik served...

French Violinist Ginette Neveu Was Born On This Day in 1919 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French virtuoso violinist Ginette Neveu was born on this day in 1919 – 100 years ago. A student of Jules Boucherit, George Enescu and Carl Flesch, Ms Neveu achieved worldwide...

Russian Composer Alexander Glazunov Was Born On This Day in 1865 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian composer Alexander Glazunov was born on this day in 1865 - 154 years ago. Dying in 1936, Glazunov’s signature works include the ballets The...

Russian Composer & Pianist Dmitri Shostakovich Died On This Day in 1975 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Soviet-Russian composer and piano virtuoso Dmitri Shostakovich died on this day in 1975 – aged 68. One of the prominent figures of 20th Century Music, his...

Violin Virtuoso Zino Francescatti Was Born On This Day in 1902 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French violin virtuoso René-Charles “Zino” Francescatti was born on this day in 1902. Dying in 1991, Maestro Francescatti is remembered as one of the pre-eminent violinists of...

German Violinist Adolf Busch Was Born On This Day in 1891 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German-born violinist and composer Adolf Busch was born on this day in 1891 – 128 years ago. A student of Willy Hess and Bram Eldering,...

Australian Composer Peter Sculthorpe Died On This Day in 2014 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe died on this day in 2014 - aged 85. Mr Sculthorpe's signature works include 17 string quartets - and his symphonic poems...

Violinist Josef Suk Jr Was Born On This Day in 1929 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Czech violin virtuoso Josef Suk Jr was born on this day in 1929 – 90 years ago. Passing away in 2011, Maestro Suk is remembered...

Cellist & Composer David Popper Died On This Day in 1913 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Bohemian cellist and composer David Popper died on this day in 1913 – aged 70. A student of Julius Goltermann, his signature works include 4 cello concertos, a...

German-Bohemian Music Critic Eduard Hanslick Died On This Day in 1904 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary German-Bohemian music critic Eduard Hanslick died on this day in 1904. Notoriously conservative, he was an outspoken opponent of the works of both Liszt...

Austrian Violinist Max Rostal Died On This Day in 1991 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian-born violinist and pedagogue Max Rostal died on this day in 1991 – aged 86. A student of Carl Flesch, he is remembered as one of the...

American Cellist Gregor Piatigorsky Died On This Day in 1976 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-born American cellist Gregor Piatigorsky died on this day in 1976 – aged 73. A student of Alfred von Glehn and Anatoliy Brandukov, Maestro Piatigorsky...

Austrian Conductor Erich Kleiber Was Born On This Day in 1890 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian conductor Erich Kleiber was born on this day in 1890 – 129 years ago. Dying in 1956, he served prominent conducting positions with the...

Today is VC Young Artist Johan Dalene’s 19th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Swedish violinist, VC Young Artist Johan Dalene’s 19th birthday. A student of Per Enoksson at the Royal College of Music, in Stockholm, Johan...

Today is Violinist & Conductor Richard Tognetti’s 54th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Australian violinist and conductor Richard Tognetti’s 54th birthday! For the past 29 years, Richard has served as the Artistic Director and Leader of the...

Soviet Composer Alfred Schnittke Died On This Day in 1998 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Soviet composer Alfred Schnittke died on this day in 1998 – aged 64. A prolific composer, his output included 9 symphonies, 6 concerti grossi, 3...

German Composer Karl Amadeus Hartmann Born On This Day in 1905 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer Karl Amadeus Hartmann was born on this day in 1905. Despite being largely overlooked in many English-speaking countries, he is often lauded as one of...

Double Bass Pedagogue Franz Simandl Was Born On This Day in 1840 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian-born double bass virtuoso and pedagogue Franz Simandl was born on this day in 1840. Professor Simandl served a long term teaching position on faculty...

Composer & Pianist Franz Liszt Died On This Day in 1886 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian composer, piano virtuoso and conductor Franz Liszt died on this day in 1886 – aged 74. He is remembered as one of the most important composers...

Conductor George Szell Died On This Day in 1970 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian-born American conductor George Szell died on this day in 1970 – aged 73. Maestro Szell is remembered for his long and successful tenure as...

Conductor & Cellist Sir John Barbirolli Died On This Day in 1970 [ON-THIS-DAY]

British conductor and cellist Sir John Barbirolli died on this day in 1970 – aged 70. Remembered as one of the finest conductors of the 20th Century,...

German Composer Robert Schumann Died On This Day in 1856 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer Robert Schumann died on this day in 1856 – aged 46. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest musical exponents of...

Today is Conductor Riccardo Muti’s 78th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Italian-born conductor Riccardo Muti’s 78th birthday! Maestro Muti has held distinguished conducting positions with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Berlin...

Composer & Organist Johann Sebastian Bach Died On This Day in 1750 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist Johann Sebastian Bach died on this day in 1750 – aged 65.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKQ_GyelRsc&autohide=1 ITZHAK PERLMAN | BACH | SOLO VIOLIN PARTITA...

Composer & Violinist Antonio Vivaldi Died On This Day in 1741 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian-Baroque composer, Catholic priest and virtuoso violinist Antonio Vivaldi died on this day in 1741 – aged 63.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS-W3lfcVvY&autohide=1 JULIA FISCHER | VIVALDI | THE FOUR SEASONS |...

American Cellist Leonard Rose Was Born On This Day in 1918 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Celebrated American cellist and pedagogue Leonard Rose was born on this day in 1918. He served as Principal Cellist of the NBC Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra and the New York...

Violinist Gioconda de Vito Was Born On This Day in 1907 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian-British violinist Gioconda de Vito was born on this day in 1907. Ms de Vito was a former 1st prize winner at the Vienna International Violin Competition, and is...

Violin Virtuoso Váša Příhoda Died On This Day in 1960 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Czech violin virtuoso Váša Příhoda died on this day in 1960 - aged 59. A Paganini specialist, Mr Příhoda is remembered for his dazzling technique, finesse and...

Today is Korean VC Young Artist InMo Yang’s 24th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is South Korean VC Young Artist InMo Yang's 24th birthday! A full scholarship student of Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory, InMo is...

American Violinist Oscar Shumsky Died On This Day in 2000 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violin virtuoso, pedagogue and conductor Oscar Shumsky died on this day in 2000 – aged 83. Mr Shumsky served distinguished teaching positions on faculty at the...

American Violin Virtuoso Ruggiero Ricci Was Born On This Day – 101 Years Ago [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violin virtuoso Ruggiero Ricci was born on this day in 1918 – 101 years ago. A protégé of Louis Persinger and Georg Kulenkampff, he is remembered as one...

Elgar’s ‘Serenade for Strings in E Minor’ Premiered On This Day in 1896 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Edward Elgar’s Serenade for Strings in E Minor' Op. 20 premiered on this day in 1896. The first performance was given in Antwerp, Belgium –...

Violinist Isaac Stern Was Born On This Day in 1920 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-born American violinist and conductor Isaac Stern was born on this day in 1920 – 99 years ago. Dying in 2001, he is remembered as...

Today is Violinist VC Artist Fedor Rudin’s 27th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is VC Artist Fedor Rudin's 27th birthday! A graduate of the Mozarteum University of Salzburg and the Cologne High School of Music, where he studied with Pierre Amoyal...

Conductor Joseph Keilberth Died On This Day in 1968 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German conductor Joseph Keilberth died on this day in 1968 – aged 61. Maestro Keilberth served distinguished conducting positions with the Staatsoperette Dresden, Saxon State Opera Orchestra...

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

Today is Scottish violin virtuoso, Nicola Benedetti's 32nd birthday! A graduate of the Yehudi Menuhin School, where she studied with Lord Menuhin and Natasha Boyarskaya, Nicola is...

Violinist Szymon Goldberg Died On This Day in 1993 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish-born American violinist and conductor Szymon Goldberg died on this day in 1993 – aged 84. A student of Carl Flesch, he served as Concertmaster of the Dresden Philharmonic and...

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 - 99 years ago. A student of Edouard Dethier, Mr Mann...

Violinist & Composer Ferdinand David Died On This Day in 1873 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German violin virtuoso and composer Ferdinand David died on this day in 1873 – 146 years ago. A student of Louis Spohr, he served as...

German Conductor Kurt Masur Was Born On This Day in 1927 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German-born conductor Kurt Masur was born on this day in 1927 - 92 years ago. Widely respected as one of the most eminent conductors of...

Today is Belgium Violinist Yossif Ivanov’s 33rd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Belgium violin virtuoso Yossif Ivanov's 33rd birthday. A student of Zakhar Bron and Igor & Valery Oistrakh, Yossif is a former prize winner at the...

Violinist & Composer Eugène Ysaÿe Was Born On This Day in 1858 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Belgian violin virtuoso, composer and celebrated pedagogue Eugène Ysaÿe was born on this day in 1858. Legendary pedagogue Carl Flesch once described him as "the most outstanding...

Today is Violinist Pinchas Zukerman’s 71st Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Israeli-American violinist, violist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman’s 71st birthday! A protégé of Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School, Mr Zukerman is widely regarded as one...

Today is VC Young Artist Stephen Waarts’ 23rd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American-Dutch VC Young Artist Stephen Waarts' 23rd birthday! A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and current post-graduate student of Mihaela Martin at the Kronberg Academy,...

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24-year-old Korean-American violinist Anna Lee is establishing an international reputation a rising young virtuoso of outstanding potential. A graduate of the Kronberg Academy and Juilliard...

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