Monday, February 18, 2019

American Cellist Leonard Rose Born On This Day [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...

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...

Violin Virtuoso Gioconda de Vito Born On This Day in 1907 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian-British violin virtuoso 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 remembered as...

American Composer Samuel Barber Died On This Day in 1981, 36 Years Ago – Aged 70 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American composer Samuel Barber died on this day in 1981, 36 years ago – aged 70. His signature works include 'Adagio for Strings' and his...

VC WEB BLOG | VC Young Artist Santiago Cañón Valencia – ‘Gisborne Comp: Amazing Overall Experience’ [BLOG]

With the 2018 Gisborne International Music Competition drawing to a dramatic climax this weekend, VC recently caught up with a number of former 1st prize winners,...

Soviet Violin Virtuoso Boris Goldstein Born On This Day in 1922 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Soviet violin virtuoso Boris Goldstein was born on this day in 1922. Dying in 1987, he was a former prize winner at the Wieniawski and...

Violin Virtuoso Zino Francescatti Born On This Day [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...

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

German conductor Kurt Masur was born on this day in 1927. Widely respected as one of the most eminent conductors of all time, Maestro Masur...

Dutch Violinist Theo Olof Died On This Day in 2012 – Aged 88 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Dutch violinist Theo Olof died on this day in 2012 - aged 88. A student of Oskar Back, he was former prize winner at the...

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...

VC WEB BLOG | Violinist VC Artist Augustin Hadelich – ‘Composing Your Own Original Cadenzas’ [INSIGHT]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Italian-born German-American violinist, VC Artist Augustin Hadelich - in New York City. In a VC-exclusive guest blog, the...

Conductor Pierre Monteux Died On This Day in 1964 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French-American conductor Pierre Monteux died on this day in 1964 – 54 years ago. He served principal conducting positions with The Metropolitan Opera, Boston Symphony...

MEET THE PROS | Austrian Violinist, Benjamin Schmid – VC ’20 Questions’

The Violin Channel recently caught up with renowned international soloist, Benjamin Schmid - jury member of the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, in New...

American VC ‘Artist’ Stefan Jackiw Born On This Day! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is VC 'Artist' American violinist Stefan Jackiw's 31st birthday! Stefan has, in recent years, firmly established himself as one of the new generation top tier virtuosi. A...

American Virtuoso Michael Rabin Died On This Day in 1972 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violin virtuoso Michael Rabin died on this day in 1972, 44 years ago – aged just 35. A celebrated child prodigy, he is remembered...

Today is German-American Violinist David Garrett’s 38th Birthday [ON-THIS DAY]

Today is German-American violinist David Garrett’s 38th birthday! A protégé of Ida Haendel and Itzhak Perlman, David, at the age of 13, became the youngest artist in history to...

ASK THE PROS | Conductor George Marriner Maull – ‘7 Things Presenters Can Do to Make Classical Music More Accessible’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Margaret Rothman from the United States was keen to know: “What are some things concert presenters can do today to make...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist Kathrin ten Hagen – “What Do Conservatories Look For in Potential New Students?” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Judy Page from the United Kingdom was keen to know: "What do conservatories generally look for in a potential new student's...

Composer Jean-Baptiste Accolay Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Belgian violinist and composer Jean-Baptiste Accolay died on this day in 1900 – aged 77. Accolay's signature work is his student Violin Concerto in...

Today is Chinese-American Cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s 61st Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is French-born Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma's 61st birthday! He is widely regarded as one of the pre-eminent virtuosi string soloists of all time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qrKjywjo7Q&showinfo=0&autohide=1 YO- YO...

ASK THE PROS | Attacca Quartet’s Andrew Yee – ‘How Does the Rehearsal Process Change with Different Styles of Music?’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Mimi Lee from the United States was keen to know: “How does your rehearsal process change when dealing with different styles...

Violinist Bronislaw Huberman Died On This Day in 1947 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Jewish-Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman died on this day in 1947 – aged 64. A student of Joseph Joachim, he is remembered as one of the...

Today is Violinist and Pedagogue Charles Castleman’s 77th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American violinist and pedagogue Charles Castleman's 77th birthday! A student of Ivan Galamian, Josef Gingold, Henryk Szeryng and David Oistrakh, Mr Castleman is...

Composer Richard Wagner Died On This Day in 1883 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary German composer, conductor, theatre director and polemicist, Richard Wagner died on this day in 1883 – 136 years ago, aged 69. His signature works...

Today is Australian VC Artist Ray Chen’s 29th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Australian violin virtuoso, VC Artist Ray Chen's 29th birthday! A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Aaron Rosand,...

German Violin Virtuoso Julia Fischer Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is German violin virtuoso Julia Fischer's 33rd birthday. A former 1st prize winner at the Menuhin Competition, Julia is widely regarded as one of today’s...

Today is Violin Virtuoso Kristof Barati’s 39th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Hungarian violin virtuoso Kristof Barati's 39th birthday! A student of Eduard Wulfson, Miklós Szenthelyi and Vilmos Tátrai, Kristof is a former prize winner...

MEET THE PROS | Cellist Frans Helmerson – VC 20 Questions [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with acclaimed Swedish cellist and cello pedagogue Mr Frans Helmerson. We sat him down for a fun game of VC 20...

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 – 110 years ago. Dying in 1989, Maestro von Karajan is remembered as...

VC WEB BLOG | Cellist Julian Schwarz – ’Considerations for Preparing the Rococo Variations’ [INSIGHT]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with former Schoenfeld International Cello Competition and the Boulder International Art of Duo Chamber Music Competition 1st prize winner, American cello...

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...

British Violinist/Model Charlie Siem Born On This Day! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is British violinist and fashion model Charlie Siem's 30th birthday. A student of Ithzak Rashkovsky and Shlomo Mintz, Charlie’s recent debuts include performances with the...

VC INTERVIEW | Rockport Music Festival Artistic Director, Violinist Barry Shiffman

The Violin Channel recently caught up with the newly-appointed Rockport Chamber Music Festival Artistic Director, former long time St. Lawrence String Quartet violinist, Mr Barry Shiffman.  The Rockport...

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

The Violin Channel recently caught up with New England Conservatory and The Juilliard School violin pedagogue, Mr Donald Weilerstein – for a fun game of VC Desert...

VC LIVE | Mischa Maisky & Orpheus Chamber Orchestra – Live From 92Y [LIVE]

VC Facebook Livestream performance - live and exclusively from New York’s 92nd Street Y 2017/18 season opening. Streamed live on October 5th, 2017, performance features...

Composer and Violinist Karl Goldmark Died On This Day in 1915 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian composer and violinist Karl Goldmark died on this day in 1915 - aged 84. Largely self-taught as a composer, his signature works include the...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist Lina Bahn – ‘Advice for Students Auditioning for Music Schools this Year’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Jason Wang from the United States was keen to know: “What advice would you give to students auditioning for music schools...

MEET THE PROS | Violin Pedagogue, Ida Kavafian – VC ’20 Questions’ [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up respected violin pedagogue and 2016 Montreal International Violin Competition jury member, Ms Ida Kavafian. We sat her down for a...

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...

Composer & Virtuoso Pianist Frédéric Chopin Died On This Day in 1849 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish composer and virtuoso pianist Frédéric Chopin died on this day in 1849. Dying at only age 39, Chopin is remembered as one of the great...

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...

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VC ARTIST | Bomsori Kim – Wieniawski, Hannover & Tchaikovsky Competition Major Prizes

South Korean violin virtuoso Bomsori Kim has, in recent years, firmly established herself as one of the eminent young, rising stars of the international concert stage. An...

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