Monday, February 18, 2019

Russian Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich was Born On This Day in 1927 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Russian cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich was born on this day in 1927 – 91 years ago. Passing away in 2007, Mr Rostropovich is...

French Composer Hector Berlioz Died On This Day in 1869 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French romantic composer Hector Berlioz died on this day in 1869 – 149 years ago. His signature works include 'Symphonie Fantastique' and 'Grande Messe des...

Romanian Violinist & Composer Georges Boulanger Died On This Day in 1958 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Romanian violin virtuoso, conductor and composer Georges Boulanger died on this day in 1958 - aged 65. A student of Leopold Auer, and contemporary of Jascha Heifetz,...

VC WEB BLOG | Violinist Hina Khuong-Huu – “Little Piccolo Comp: Very Special & Unique Event” [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...

Today is Russian Violinist Eduard Schmieder’s 70th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian-born violinist and conductor Eduard Schmieder’s 70th birthday. A graduate of the Gnessin Music Academy, where he studied with Felix Andrievsky, Mark Lubotsky...

Influential Austrian Violin Pedagogue Jakob Dont Born on This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian violin virtuoso and pedagogue Jakob Dont was born on this day in 1815. Dying in 1888, Dont is remembered in history as one of the most...

VC WEB BLOG | Violist Garth Knox – ‘Viola Spaces – Viola Technique Books’ [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with British violist and technique book author, Mr Garth Knox. In a VC-exclusive blog, Garth discusses the inspiration behind his viola technique...

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...

French Composer César Franck Born On This Day in 1822 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Belgian-born French composer César Franck was born on this day in 1822 – 195 years ago. Dying in 1890, aged 67, Franck’s major contribution to the violin repertoire is his legendary...

Today is British Conductor Sir Simon Rattle’s 63rd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is British conductor Sir Simon Rattle’s 63rd birthday. Maestro Rattle is widely regarded as one of the finest conductors of the 20th and 21st Centuries. He...

Nielsen Violin Concerto Premiered on this Day in 1912 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Carl Nielsen Violin Concerto Op. 33 premiered on this day in 1912 - 106 years ago. The first performance was given by Danish violinist Peder...

Today is American Cellist Ralph Kirshbaum’s 72nd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American cellist Ralph Kirshbaum's 72nd birthday. Professor Kirshbaum is a former prize winner at the Cassado and Tchaikovsky International Cello Competitions - and...

Italian Violinist and Pedagogue Aldo Ferraresi Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Celebrated Italian violinist and pedagogue Aldo Ferraresi died on this day in 1978 - aged 76. A student of Eugene Ysaye, throughout his six decade...

Russian-Born Composer Igor Stravinsky Died on This Day in 1971 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-born American composer, pianist and conductor Igor Stravinsky died on this day in 1971 - aged 88. He is widely acknowledged as one of the...

German Violinist & Composer Rodolphe Kreutzer Died On This Day in 1831 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German violinist and composer Rodolphe Kreutzer died on this day in 1831 - aged 65. A student of Anton Stamitz, Kreutzer is remembered as one...

VC WEB BLOG | Axel Strauss – ‘The Leipzig Bach Comp Comes Back to Me When I Play the Chaconne’ [BLOG]

With the 2018 Bach International Violin Competition currently entering its final stage in Leipzig, Germany, VC recently caught up with a number of former prize winners, to...

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...

English Composer Benjamin Britten Died On This Day in 1976 [ON-THIS-DAY]

English composer Benjamin Britten died on this day in 1976. His signature works include the operas ‘Peter Grimes’, ‘Billy Budd’ and ‘The Turn of the...

Today is Violinist & Pedagogue Jaime Laredo’s 77th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Bolivian-American violinist, pedagogue and conductor Jaime Laredo's 77th birthday! A student of Josef Gingold and Ivan Galamian, Mr Laredo is a former 1st...

Remembering Nathan Milstein – Died on this Day in 1992 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-born American violin virtuoso Nathan Milstein died on this day in 1992 – aged 88. A student of Pyotr Stolyarsky, Leopold Auer and Eugene Ysaye, he is remembered as...

Prokofiev’s 2nd Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day in 1935 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Sergei Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor Op. 63 premiered on this day in 1935. The first performance was given by French virtuoso Robert Soetens with...

Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major Premiered On This Day in 1962 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Joseph Haydn's Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major premiered on this day in 1962. The first performance was given by Czech virtuoso Miloš...

Austrian-Born Dutch Violinist & Pedagogue Oskar Back Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian-born Dutch violinist Oskar Back was born on this day in 1879. A student of Eugène Ysaÿe and César Thomson, he served a 42 year...

American Conductor Arthur Fiedler Born On This Day in 1894 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American conductor and violinist Arthur Fiedler was born on this day in 1894 – 123 years ago. Remembered for his musicianship, informality and showmanship, Maestro...

Today is Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim’s 55th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American violinist David Kim’s 55th birthday! A graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Dorothy DeLay, he is a former prize...

Today is VC Rising Star María Dueñas’ 16th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Spanish violinist, VC Rising Star María Dueñas' 16th birthday! A student of Boris Kuschnir at the Vienna University of Music, María is a former 1st and Grand Prix...

Russian Composer Sergei Prokofiev Died On This Day in 1953 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian composer, pianist and conductor Sergei Prokofiev died on this day in 1953 – aged 61. His signature works include 5 piano concertos, 9 piano...

Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B Minor Premiered on this Day in 1896 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 premiered on this day in 1896 - 122 years ago. The first performance was given...

Today is American Violinist VC Young Artist Chad Hoopes’ 24th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American violinist, VC Young Artist Chad Hoopes’ 24th birthday! A graduate of the Kronberg Academy, where he studied with Ana Chumachenco, Chad is...

Today is Russian VC Artist Sergey Malov’s 35th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian-born violin, viola and violoncello da Spalla virtuoso, VC Artist Sergey Malov’s 35th birthday. A graduate of the Mozarteum University Salzburg and the...

French Composer Maurice Ravel Born On This Day in 1875 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French composer Maurice Ravel was born on this day in 1875. Along with Claude Debussy, he is remembered as one of the most prominent...

Eminent Soviet Violin Pedagogue Yuri Yankelevich Born on this Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Eminent Soviet violin pedagogue Yuri Yankelevich was born on this day in 1909. A student of Leopold Auer, Professor Yankelevich served a long term teaching position...

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...

VC WEB BLOG | Violinist Leila Josefowicz – ‘Effectively Working With Living Composers’ [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with acclaimed American-Canadian new music advocate, violin virtuoso Leila Josefowicz. In a VC-exclusive blog, Leila shares her approach for ensuring a...

Greek-American Conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos Born On This Day in 1896 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Greek-American conductor, pianist and composer Dimitri Mitropoulos was born on this day in 1896 - 122 years ago. Dying in 1960, he is remembered as one...

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 world's premier orchestras...

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 French Violin Virtuoso Renaud Capuçon’s 42nd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is French violin virtuoso Renaud Capuçon’s 42nd birthday! A protégé of Gérard Poulet, he is widely regarded as one of today’s finest violin soloists and chamber...

Italian Composer Giacomo Puccini Born On This Day in 1858 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian composer Giacomo Puccini was born on this day in 1858. Dying in 1924, his signature works include some of the most frequently performed operas...

German-American Composer Paul Hindemith Born On This Day in 1895 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German-American composer Paul Hindemith was born on this day in 1895 – 122 years ago. A prolific composer, his contributions to the string repertoire include 6 violin...

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...

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