Thursday, April 18, 2019

Today is Violinist Liana Isakadze’s 70th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Georgian violin virtuoso Liana Isakadze's 70th birthday! A protege of David Oistrakh, Ms Isakadze is a former prize winner at the Margaret Long...

VC WEB BLOG | VC Young Artist Luke Hsu – “My 2014 IsangYun International Violin Competition Experience” [BLOG]

With the 2017 IsangYun International Violin Competition reaching its final stages this week in South Korea, VC recently caught up with 2014 1st prize winner, VC Young...

Violin Virtuoso Nelli Shkolnikova Died On This Day in 2010 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian violin virtuoso Nelli Shkolnikova died on this day in 2010 – aged 81. A student of Lillia Kossodo and Yuri Yankelevich, Ms Shkolnikova was...

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...

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...

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 Russian Violin Virtuoso Alena Baeva’s 34th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian violin virtuoso Alena Baeva's 34th birthday. A student of Eduard Grach at the Moscow Central School of Music, Tchaikovsky Conservatoire and the Moscow...

American Composer Elliott Carter Was Born On This Day in 1908 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American composer Elliott Carter was born on this day in 1908 – 108 years ago. A two time Pulitzer Prize winner, Mr Carter's contributions to...

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...

MEET THE PROS | Violin Virtuoso, Sarah Chang – VC ’20 Questions’ [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Korean-American violin superstar, Sarah Chang – in her home town of Philadelphia. We sat the virtuoso down for...

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...

VC WEB BLOG | American Violinist Ida Levin – In Memoriam (1963-2016) [RIP]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with American cellist Marcy Rosen, longtime colleague with violinist Ida Levin - who passed away last month, aged just 53. In...

French Cellist Pierre Fournier Died On This Day [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...

VC WEB BLOG | Petteri Iivonen – ‘Sibelius Violin Comp – a Surreal Experience’

With the 2015 Jean Sibelius International Violin Competition entering its final stages in Helsinki, VC recently caught up with a number of former prize winners, to...

Today is American Composer John Corigliano’s 81st Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer John Corigliano's 81st birthday. A graduate of Columbia University and the Manhattan School of Music, his signature works include...

Hungarian Violinist Jelly d’Arányi Died On This Day in 1966 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian violin virtuoso Jelly d'Arányi died on this day in 1966 - aged 72. The grand-niece of virtuoso Joseph Joachim, she premiered a number of important...

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...

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...

Today is Russian Pedagogue Zakhar Bron‘s 71st Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian violin pedagogue, Professor Zakhar Bron’s 71st birthday! Widely regarded as one of the most influential violin teachers alive today, he has served Professorships...

MEET THE PROS | Samuel Zygmuntowicz, Acclaimed Stringed Instrument Maker – ‘VC 20 Questions’ [VIDEO]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with acclaimed stringed instrument maker Samuel Zygmuntowicz – at the 2014 Violin Society of America Competition and Convention,...

VC WEB BLOG | Aviv Quartet – ‘Melbourne Chamber Music Comp Opened Many Doors’ [BLOG]

With the 2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition currently entering its final stages in Melbourne, Australia, VC recently caught up with a number of former prize...

Today is South Korean Cellist Han-Na Chang‘s 35th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is South Korean cellist and conductor Han-Na Chang‘s 35th birthday! A protege of Mischa Maisky and Mstislav Rostropovich, she shot to international fame in...

VC LIVE | Direct From the 2018 Rockport Music Festival – Montrose Trio [LIVE]

VC Facebook Live webcast direct from the 2018 Rockport Music Festival – in Rockport, Massachusetts, United States. Evening featuring the famed Montrose Trio, comprising violinist Martin Beaver, cellist Clive...

MEET THE PROS | Violinist Andres Cardenes – VC 20 Questions [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Cuban-born violinist and jury member of the inaugural 2017 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition, Mr Andres Cardenes. We sat...

VC DESERT ISLAND DOWNLOADS | Violinist Glenn Dicterow – ‘5 Recordings I Can’t Live Without’

The Violin Channel recently caught up with former New York Philharmonic Concertmaster, Glenn Dicterow - for a fun game of VC Desert Island Downloads.  We sat...

Today is Hungarian Conductor Iván Fischer’s 67th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Hungarian conductor Iván Fischer’s 67th birthday. Maestro Fischer has held prestigious conducting positions with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic...

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:...

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

French romantic composer Ernest Chausson was born on this day in 1855 – 162 years ago. His signature works include a symphony, two symphonic poems,...

Today is Violinist/Violist Mikhail Bezverkhny’s 69th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian violinist and violist Mikhail Bezverkhny's 69th birthday! A student of Yuri Yankelevich, Mr Bezverkhny is a former prize winner at the Queen...

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

The Violin Channel recently caught up with 22 year old VC Young Artist Timothy Chooi from Canada. We sat him down for a fun game of...

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...

January 27th – Remembering the Victims of the Holocaust and Nazi Persecution [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today, January 27th, is the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. The day marks the anniversary of the 1945...

VC VOX POP | “What’s Your Favourite Gift Ever Received From a Fan?” [Q&A]

“What's your favourite gift from a fan?” The Violin Channel recently caught up with 30+ of the world’s top string players to find out … German Violin...

MEET THE PROS | Cho-Liang Lin, Juilliard School & Rice University – ‘VC 20 Questions’ [VIDEO]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with acclaimed violinist Cho-Liang Lin – jury member of the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. We sat the Taiwanese-born...

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 American Conductor Marin Alsop’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American conductor Marin Alsop’s birthday. Maestro Alsop holds the honour of the first woman in history to be appointed the Music Director of...

MEET THE PROS | VC Young Artist Ji Young Lim – VC 20 Questions [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with 2015 Queen Elisabeth international Violin Competition 1st Prize winner, South Korean VC Young Artist Ji Young Lim. We sat...

MEET THE PROS | Cellist Lynn Harrell – VC 20 Questions [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with legendary American cello virtuoso Lynn Harrell – jury chair of the 2016 Schoenfeld International String Competition, in Harbin, China. We sat...

Polish-American Pianist Arthur Rubinstein Was Born On This Day in 1887 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish-American pianist Arthur Rubinstein was born on this day in 1887 – 132 years ago. A student of Karl Heinrich Barth, Maestro Rubinstein is remembered...

Austrian-Born Violinist and Pedagogue Felix Galimir Died On This Day in 1999 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian-born American violinist and pedagogue Felix Galimir died on this day in 1999 – aged 89. A student of Adolf Bak, Simon Pullman and Carl...

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...

Austrian Composer Anton Bruckner Born On This Day in 1824 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian composer Anton Bruckner was born on this day in 1824 – 193 years ago. Dying in 1896, Bruckner's signature works include 9 symphonies, a...

VC WEB BLOG | Violinist Berent Korfker – “My Inspiration for Inventing the Pirastro KorfkerRest” [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Pirastro KorfkerRest inventor, violin pedagogue Mr Berent Korfker. In a VC-exclusive blog, the Dutch-born Royal College of Music violin professor...

Hungarian Conductor István Kertész Died On This Day in 1973 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Internationally acclaimed Hungarian conductor István Kertész died on this day in 1973 - aged just 43. Remembered as one of the finest conductors of the 20th Century,...

MEET THE PROS | Violinist Lara St. John – VC 20 Questions [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Canadian violin virtuoso Lara St. John - at the Crypt Sessions in New York City. We sat her...

French Composer Édouard Lalo Born On This Day in 1823 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French composer Édouard Lalo was born on this day in 1823 – 195 years ago. Lalo’s signature works include his Symphony in G Minor, Cello Concerto...

Hungarian Violinist and Conductor Tibor Varga Born On This Day in 1921 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian violinist and conductor Tibor Varga was born on this day in 1921 - 97 years ago. A student of Carl Flesch and Jeno Hubay, Maestro Varga is remembered as...

VC WEB BLOG | Violinist Nurie Chung – ‘Little Piccolo Comp: Profound Starting Point For Me’ [BLOG]

With the 2018 il Piccolo Violino Magico International Competition currently entering its final stages in San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy, VC recently caught up with a number of...

Conductor Carlos Kleiber Born On This Day in 1930 – 88 Years Ago [ON-THIS-DAY]

German-born Austrian conductor Carlos Kleiber was born on this day in 1930 – 88 years ago. The son of eminent Austrian conductor Erich Kleiber, he...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist & Pedagogue Stephanie Chase – ‘Capturing Authenticity in a Period Performance’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Joseph Costa from Italy was keen to know: "What are the main considerations for capturing authenticity in a period performance?" We threw...

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