Friday, March 30, 2018

Today is Violinist Andrés Cárdenes’ 60th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Cuban-born violinist Andrés Cárdenes' 60th birthday! Mr Cárdenes served as Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for more than 20 years – and currently...

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

American violin virtuoso Michael Rabin was born on this day in 1936 - 81 years ago. A celebrated child prodigy, he is remembered as one of...

Today is Russian Conductor Valery Gergiev’s 64th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian conductor Valery Gergiev’s 64th birthday! Maestro Gergiev has served principal conducting positions with the Mariinsky Theatre, Munich Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC...

MEET THE PROS | VC Young Artist Yu-Chien Benny Tseng – VC 20 Questions [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Taiwanese violinist, VC Young Artist Yu-Chien Benny Tseng. We sat him down for a fun game of VC...

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...

Scottish Violist William Primrose Died On This Day in 1982 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Scottish violist William Primrose died on this day in 1982 – aged 77. A protege of Eugène Ysaÿe, Maestro Primrose is remembered as one of...

American Violinist Joan Field was Born On This Day in 1915 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violinist Joan Field was born on this day in 1915 – 102 years ago. A student of Albert Spalding, Jacques Thibaud and George Enescu,...

South Korean Violin Virtuoso Dong-Suk Kang Born On This Day! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is South Korean violin virtuoso Dong-Suk Kang's 63rd birthday! A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, he is a former prize winner at the...

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...

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 Violinist Igor Oistrakh’s Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian-Ukrainian violinist Igor Oistrakh’s 86th birthday! The son of virtuoso David Oistrakh, he has served a distinguished teaching position at the Royal Conservatory...

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

Maurice Ravel’s showpiece "Tzigane" premiered on this day in 1924 - 93 years ago. The first performance was given by Hungarian virtuoso Jelly d'Arányi, in...

Today is Norwegian Cellist Truls Mørk’s 56th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Norwegian cello virtuoso Truls Mørk's 56th birthday! A student of Natalia Shakhovskaya, Mr. Mørk is a former prize winner at the Tchaikovsky, Naumburg...

VC LIVE | VC Facebook Livestream – Cellist Alisa Weilerstein [LIVE]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with cellist Alisa Weilerstein at the 92nd Street Y in New York City – for a fun Facebook live Q&A session with her fans.

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...

Today is Violinist Christian Tetzlaff’s 51st Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is German violin virtuoso Christian Tetzlaff's 51st birthday! A student of Uwe-Martin Haiberg and Walter Levin, he is widely respected as one of today's...

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

Russian composer, pianist and conductor Sergei Prokofiev was born on this day in 1891 - 126 years ago. Dying in 1953, Prokofiev 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...

Lord Yehudi Menuhin Born On This Day 101 Years Ago [ON-THIS-DAY]

Lord Yehudi Menuhin was born on this day 101 years ago. A student of Louis Persinger, Georges Enescu and Adolf Busch, he is remembered as one of...

MEET THE PROS | VC Young Artist Timothy Ridout – VC 20 Questions [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with British violist, VC Young Artist Timothy Ridout. We sat him down for a fun game of VC 20...

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...

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 Veriko Tchumburidze’s 21st Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is VC Young Artist Veriko Tchumburidze's 21st birthday! A student of Professor Ana Chumachenko at the Munich Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Veriko is a former 1st prize...

Today is VC Young Artist Zeyu Victor Li’s 21st Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Chinese VC Young Artist Zeyu Victor Li's 21st birthday! A student of Aaron Rosand and Ida Kavafian at the Curtis Institute of Music, Victor is...

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 Violin Virtuoso Berl Senofsky was Born On This Day [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...

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

Russian-born American cello virtuoso Gregor Piatigorsky was born on this day in 1903 – 114 years ago. Maestro Piatigorsky served as principal cellist of the...

VC LIVE | VC Facebook Livestream – Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers & Pianist Akira Eguchi [LIVE]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and pianist Akira Eguchi at the 92nd Street Y in New York City – for a fun Facebook live Q&A...

Violinist Ivan Galamian Died On This Day in 1981 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Iranian-born Armenian violinist Ivan Galamian died on this day in 1981 – 36 years ago. A student of French pedagogue Lucien Capet, he is remembered as one...

Today is British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber’s 65th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber's 65th birthday! A student of Pierre Fournier, Mr Lloyd Webber has premiered a number of important works including Cello...

VC WEB BLOG | Brinton Averil Smith – ‘Reviving the Lost Castelnuovo-Tedesco Cello Concerto’ [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Houston Symphony Principal Cellist Brinton Averil Smith – who will later this week give only the 2nd performance in...

MEET THE PROS | Violinist Judith Ingolfsson – VC 20 Questions [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Icelandic violinist and former Indianapolis International Violin Competition 1st prize winner, Judith Ingolfsson. We sat her down for a...

VC VOX POP | “What Piece of Repertoire Do You Still Want to Learn?” [Q&A]

"What piece of repertoire do you still want to learn?” The Violin Channel recently caught up with 30+ of the world’s top string players to find...

VC WEB BLOG | PartPlay – ‘The Ultimate Chamber Music Practice Companion’ [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with violinists, and PartPlay founders Philip Aird and Steve Bingham to discuss their revolutionary new chamber music companion. In a VC-exclusive...

VC LIVE | VC Facebook Livestream – Violinist Nicola Benedetti & Cellist Leonard Elschenbroich [LIVE]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with violinist Nicola Benedetti and cellist Leonard Elschenbroich at the 92nd Street Y in New York City – for a fun Facebook live Q&A...

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...

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

Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan was born on this day in 1908 – 109 years ago. Dying in 1989, Maestro von Karajan is remembered as...

Russian-born American 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...

VC WEB BLOG | Violinist Andres Cardenes – “Preparing for the Premiere of a New Work” [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Cuban-born violinist Andres Cardenes - who last month premiered a new violin concerto written for him by Venezuelan-born composer...

Today is VC Artist Augustin Hadelich’s 33rd Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Italian-German VC Artist Augustin Hadelich’s 33rd birthday! A graduate of the Istituto Mascagni and the Juilliard School, he is a former 1st prize...

Composer Johannes Brahms Died On This Day in 1897 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer and pianist Johannes Brahms died on this day in 1897 – 120 years ago. He passed away from liver/pancreas cancer - aged 63. He...

American Violin Pedagogue Dorothy DeLay Was Born On This day in 1917 [ON THIS DAY]

Famed American violin teacher Dorothy DeLay was born on this day in 1917. She is remembered as one of the most respected violin pedagogues of...

Austrian Composer Joseph Haydn was Born on This Day in 1732 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian composer Joseph Haydn was born on this day in 1732 - 285 years ago. Often referred to as the 'Father of the Symphony' and...

VC WEB BLOG | Violinist Philippe Quint – ‘Remembering Mrs. Dorothy DeLay’ [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Russian-American violinist Philippe Quint - organiser of the upcoming ‘Dorothy Delay Centennial Celebration’ concert in New York City on...

Legendary Italian Conductor Arturo Toscanini was Born On This Day in 1867 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini was born on this day in 1867 – 150 years ago. Dying in 1957, he is widely regarded as one...

American Violinist and Pedagogue Oscar Shumsky was Born On This Day in 1917 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violin virtuoso, pedagogue and conductor Oscar Shumsky was born on this day in 1917 – 100 years ago. Passing away in 2000, Mr Shumsky...

MEET THE PROS | Violinist Vadim Gluzman – VC 20 Questions [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Ukrainian-born Israeli violin virtuoso Vadim Gluzman. We sat him down for a fun game of VC 20 Questions...

VC WEB BLOG | Coregami Creator, Kevin Yu – Changing Formal Wear for Musicians [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with the creator of Coregami concert dress shirts – the world’s first moisture-wicking high-performance tuxedo shirt. In a VC-exclusive...

Johann-Sebastian Bach Was Born On This Day in 1685 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist Johann-Sebastian Bach was born on this day in 1685. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zvRWFD_1_M&showinfo=0&autohide=1 ISAAC STERN | BACH | SOLO VIOLIN PARTITA NO.2...

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