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German Conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler Died On This Day in 1954 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler died on this day in 1954. Remembered as one of the greatest symphonic and operatic conductors of the 20th Century, he served...

French Jazz Violinist Stephane Grappelli Died On This Day in 1997 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli died on this day in 1997 – aged 89. Mr Grappelli’s lively, elegant style captivated audiences for more than half a century –...

Tchaikovsky’s ‘Variations On a Rococo Theme’ Premiered On This Day in 1877 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Tchaikovsky's 'Variations on a Rococo Theme' Op. 33 for Cello and Orchestra premiered on this day in 1877. The first performance was given by German virtuoso Wilhelm Fitzenhagen in Moscow...

VC DESERT ISLAND DOWNLOADS | Pinchas Zukerman – ‘5 Recordings I Can’t Live Without’

The Violin Channel recently caught up with violin and viola virtuoso Pinchas Zukerman - for a fun game of VC Desert Island Downloads.  We sat him down...

ASK THE PROS | Cellist Paul Katz – “Once the Notes Have Been Mastered, What are the Next Steps?” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Andrea Rengevich from the United States was keen to know: "Once the notes have been mastered, what should be the...

VC VOX POP | “If You Only Had 3 Months to Live, What Would You Put on Your Farewell Recital?” [Q&A]

“If you only had three months to live, what would you put on your farewell recital?” The Violin Channel recently caught up with 40+ of...

Italian Composer Giacomo Puccini Died On This Day in 1924 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian composer Giacomo Puccini died on this day in 1924. His signature works include some of the most frequently performed operas in history – including:...

Austro-Hungarian Composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold Died On This Day in 1957 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austro-Hungarian composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold died on this day in 1957 – aged 62. Remembered as one of the founders of film music, he was...

VC LIVE | VC Facebook Live Q&A with Brentano Quartet’s Misha Amory – Live from 92Y [LIVE]

VC Facebook Live Q&A webcast with the Brentano Quartet’s violist Misha Amory – live from New York City’s 92nd Street Y. Hosted by veteran classical...

Violinist & Composer Gaetano Pugnani Born On This Day in 1731 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian violinist and composer Gaetano Pugnani was born on this day in 1731. He is remembered in history, as violin virtuoso Fritz Kreisler borrowed his name to publish a...

Today is Russian-Born Violin Virtuoso Viktoria Mullova’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian-born British violin virtuoso Viktoria Mullova’s birthday. A protégé of Soviet legend Leonid Kogan, Ms Mullova is a former Grand Prize winner at...

Henryk Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor Premiered On This Day in 1862 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Henryk Wieniawski's Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor Op. 22 premiered on this day in 1862. The first performance was given by the composer...

Today is American Violinist VC Young Artist Kevin Zhu’s 17th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American violinist, VC Young Artist Kevin Zhu’s 17th birthday. Kevin shot to international fame in 2012 after claiming 1st prize in the Junior Division...

ASK THE PROS | Jazz Violinist Christian Garrick – “Is it Possible to Teach Someone How to Improvise?” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Francesco Bruno from Italy was keen to know: "Is it possible to teach someone how to improvise? If so, what...

Sergei Prokofiev’s Cello Concerto in E Minor Premiered On This Day in 1938 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Sergei Prokofiev’s Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 58 premiered on this day in 1938. The first performance was given by Alexander Melik-Pashayev with the...

Latvian-Born Violin Virtuoso Philippe Hirschhorn Died On This Day in 1996 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Latvian-born violin virtuoso Philippe Hirschhorn died on this day in 1996, from a brain tumor – aged just 50. A former Grand Prize winner at...

Schumann Violin Concerto in D Minor Premiered On This Day in 1937 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Robert Schumann’s Violin Concerto in D Minor premiered on this day in 1937 – 80 years after the composer's death. The first performance was given...

Today is American VC Artist Benjamin Beilman’s 28th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American violinist, VC Artist Benjamin Beilman’s 28th birthday! A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Kronberg Academy, where he studied...

French Violinist & Composer Pierre Rode Died On This Day in 1830 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French violinist and composer Pierre Rode died on this day in 1830 – 187 years ago. A student of Giovanni Battista Viotti, Rode is remembered as one of...

Hungarian Violist, Violinist & Composer Tibor Serly Born On This Day in 1901 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian violist, violinist and composer Tibor Serly was born on this day in 1901 – 116 years ago. Dying in 1978, he is remembered in...

Soviet Composer Alfred Schnittke Born On This Day in 1934 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Soviet composer Alfred Schnittke was born on this day in 1934. A prolific composer, his output included 9 symphonies, 6 concerti grossi, 3 operas, 3 ballets,...

British Singer & Songwriter Freddie Mercury Died On This Day in 1991 [ON-THIS-DAY]

British singer-songwriter Freddie Mercury died on this day in 1991 – aged 45. The lead vocalist and songwriter for the rock band Queen, he is remembered for his flamboyant stage...

Today Is Double Bass Virtuoso Edgar Meyer’s 57th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is classical, jazz and bluegrass double bass virtuoso and composer Edgar Meyer’s 57th birthday. A musician of great diversity, his collaborations have spanned a...

VC LIVE | Lara St. John & Pablo Ziegler Present ‘Piazzolla’s Central Park Concert’ [LIVE]

VC Facebook Live webcast of violinist Lara St. John and pianist Pablo Ziegler performing a recreation of Astor Piazzolla's famous 1987 Central Park Concert - live and...

Today is Austrian Violinist & Conductor Thomas Zehetmair’s 56th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Austrian violinist and conductor Thomas Zehetmair’s 56th birthday. He is a founding member of the Zehetmair Quartet – and has served guest conducting...

VC DESERT ISLAND DOWNLOADS | Conductor Osmo Vänskä – ‘5 Recordings I Can’t Live Without’

The Violin Channel recently caught up with esteemed Finnish conductor and clarinetist, Minnesota Orchestra Music Director, Maestro Osmo Vänskä - for a fun game of VC...

Soviet Violin Virtuoso Oleg Kagan Born On This Day in 1946 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Soviet violin virtuoso Oleg Kagan was born on this day in 1946. A student of Boris Kuznetsov and David Oistrakh, he is a former major...

English Composer Benjamin Britten Born On This Day in 1913 [ON-THIS-DAY]

English composer Benjamin Britten was born on this day in 1913 – 104 years ago. Dying in 1976, his signature works include operas: 'Peter Grimes', 'Billy Budd'...

VC LIVE | VC Takeover – ThatViolaKid Drew Forde, Live from the D’Addario Factory [LIVE]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with … wait, was recently taken over by … ThatViolaKid, Drew Forde for a Facebook Livestream with his...

Italian Violinist Franco Gulli Died On This Day in 2001 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian violinist Franco Gulli died on this day in 2001. A student of Arrigo Serato and Joseph Szigeti, Maestro Gulli served a long-term teaching Professorship at Indiana...

Scottish-Born Violin Virtuoso Henri Temianka Born on this Day in 1906 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Scottish-born violin virtuoso Henri Temianka was born on this day in 1906. A student of Jules Boucherit and Carl Flesch, he was awarded 3rd prize...

Austrian Composer Franz Schubert Died On This Day in 1828 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian composer Franz Schubert died on this day in 1828 – 189 years ago. Despite dying aged just 31, he was tremendously prolific - outputting 9...

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