Tuesday, June 18, 2019

American Violin Virtuoso Erick Friedman Died On This Day in 2004 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violinist Erick Friedman passed away, from cancer, on this day in 2004 – aged 64. A student of Ivan Galamian, Nathan Milstein and Jascha Heifetz, he is remembered...

Dvořák’s Four ‘Romantic Pieces’ Op. 75 Premiered On This Day in 1887 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Antonín Dvořák's Four 'Romantic Pieces' Op. 75 premiered on this day in 1887 – 132 years ago. The first performance was given by Czech violinist...

VC WEB BLOG | Violinist Kathleen Winkler – “How Competitions Can Shape Your Life and Career” [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Rice University's Shepherd School of Music violin pedagogue, Kathleen Winkler. In a VC-exclusive blog, Kathleen discusses how winning...

English Composer Sir William Walton was Born On This Day in 1902 [ON-THIS-DAY]

English composer Sir William Walton was born on this day in 1902 – 117 years ago. His signature works include Façade, the cantata Belshazzar's Feast,...

Benjamin Britten Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day in 1940 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Benjamin Britten's Violin Concerto Op. 15 was premiered on this day in 1940 – 79 years ago. The first performance was given by Spanish...

Russian Piano Virtuoso & Composer Sergei Rachmaninoff Died On This Day in 1943 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian composer, piano virtuoso and conductor Sergei Rachmaninoff died on this day in 1943. He is remembered as one of the finest pianist of all...

Polish Composer and Pianist Karol Szymanowski Died On This Day in 1937 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish composer and pianist Karol Szymanowski died on this day in 1937 – aged 66. Remembered as one of the eminent Polish composers of the...

Italian-Born British Violin Virtuoso Alfredo Campoli Died On This Day in 1991 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian-born British violin virtuoso Alfredo Campoli died on this day in 1991 – aged 84. He is remembered as one of the finest violinists of...

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 – 92 years ago. Passing away in 2007, Mr Rostropovich is...

Today is Russian-Born Violinist Dora Schwarzberg’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian-born violinist and pedagogue Dora Schwarzberg's birthday! A student of legendary Russian pedagogue Yuri Yankelevich, Ms. Schwarzberg currently serves a teaching position on...

Composer Ludwig van Beethoven Died on this Day in 1827 – Aged 56 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven died on this day in 1827 - aged 56. He is remembered as one of the most famous and...

Today is Korean Violin Virtuoso Kyung Wha Chung’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Korean violin virtuoso Kyung Wha Chung’s birthday. A student of Ivan Galamian and Joseph Szigeti, Ms Chung is widely regarded as one of...

Today is Russian-American Violin Virtuoso Philippe Quint’s 45th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian-American violin virtuoso Philippe Quint's 45th birthday! A protege of Andrei Korsakov and Dorothy DeLay, Philippe is widely recognised as one of today's...

French Composer Claude Debussy Died On This Day in 1918 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French impressionist composer Claude Debussy died on this day in 1918 – aged 55. He passed away, amidst an aerial and artillery bombardment of Paris...

Hungarian Composer Béla Bartók was Born On This Day in 1881 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian composer and pianist Béla Bartók was born on this day in 1881 – 138 years ago. Remembered as one of the most influential composers...

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 – 152 years ago. Dying in 1957, he is widely regarded as one...

American Violin Pedagogue Dorothy DeLay Died on this Day in 2002 [ON THIS DAY]

Famed American violin teacher Dorothy DeLay died on this day in 2002 - aged 84. She is remembered as one of the most respected violin...

Hungarian Violinist Franz von Vecsey was Born On This Day in 1893 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian violin virtuoso and composer Franz von Vecsey was born on this day in 1893. A celebrated child protege of Jenő Hubay and Joseph Joachim,...

Bartók’s 2nd Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day in 1939 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Béla Bartók's 2nd Violin Concerto premiered on this day in 1939 – 80 years ago. The first performance was given by Hungarian virtuoso Zoltán Székely...

Czech Violinist & Pedagogue Otakar Ševčík Born On This Day in 1852 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Czech violinist and pedagogue Otakar Ševčík was born on this day in 1852. He served teaching positions at the Prague Conservatory, Russian Music Society and the Vienna...

American Violinist Joseph Silverstein Was Born On This Day in 1932 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violinist and conductor Joseph Silverstein was born on this day in 1932. Mr Silverstein was a former prize winner at the Queen Elisabeth and...

French Cello Pedagogue Paul Tortelier Was Born on This Day in 1914 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French cellist Paul Tortelier was born on this day in 1914 - 105 years ago. A student of  Louis Feuillard and Gérard Hekking at the Paris...

Belgian Violinist Arthur Grumiaux Was Born On This Day on 1921 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Belgian violinist Arthur Grumiaux was born on this day in 1921 – 98 years ago. Dying in 1986, aged just 65, he is remembered as one...

VC INSTA TAKEOVER | Cellist Yo-Yo Ma – Live from University of Michigan’s University Musical Society

VC recently caught up with superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma for a behind-the-scenes Instagram takeover — direct from the University of Michigan's University Musical Society.     View this...

Violin Maker Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume Died On This Day in 1875 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French violin maker Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume died on this day in 1875. Widely regarded as one of the eminent instrument makers of all time, Vuillaume's violins have...

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 - 123 years ago. The first performance was given...

Today is Japanese Viola Virtuoso Nobuko Imai’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Japanese viola virtuoso and pedagogue Nobuko Imai's birthday! A former 1st prize winner at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and Geneva...

American Violinist Joan Field Died On This Day in 1988 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violinist Joan Field died on this day in 1988 – aged 73. A student of Albert Spalding, Jacques Thibaud and George Enescu, Ms Field...

Today is American Violinist Aaron Rosand’s 92nd Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American violinist and pedagogue Aaron Rosand‘s 92nd birthday. A student of Leon Sametini and Efrem Zimbalist, Mr Rosand has enjoyed a prolific recording...

Baroque Composer Georg Philipp Telemann Was Born On This Day in 1681 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann was born on this day in 1681 - 338 years ago. Almost entirely self-taught, he is remembered as one...

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor Premiered On This Day in 1845 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64 premiered on this day in 1845 – 174 years ago. The first performance was given by...

Soviet Violinist Elizabeth Gilels Died On This Day in 2008 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Soviet-born violinist and pedagogue Elizabeth Gilels died on this day in 2008 - aged 88. A student of Pyotr Stolyarsky, Ms Gilels was a former prize winner at...

Violin Virtuoso & Composer Jenő Hubay Died On This Day in 1937 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian violin virtuoso, composer and pedagogue Jenő Hubay died on this day in 1937 - aged 78. He is remembered as one of the most...

Violinist and Conductor Eugene Ormandy Died On This Day in 1985 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian-born violinist and conductor Eugene Ormandy died on this day in 1985 – aged 85. Maestro Ormandy is remembered as one of the finest conductors...

American Violinist David Nadien was Born On This Day in 1926 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violinist David Nadien was born on this day in 1926. A student of Adolfo Betti, Ivan Galamian and Adolph Busch, Mr Nadien was a...

Violinist and Conductor Yehudi Menuhin Died On This Day in 1999 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American-born British violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin died on this day in 1999 – 20 years ago. A protege of Louis Persinger, George Enescu and Adolf Busch,...

Composer and Bandoneon Virtuoso Ástor Piazzolla Was Born On This Day in 1921 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Argentine composer and bandoneon virtuoso Ástor Piazzolla was born on this day in 1921. Dying in 1992, aged 70, he is remembered in history for...

Violinist and Composer Antonio Bazzini Was Born On This Day in 1818 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian violinist and composer Antonio Bazzini was born on this day in 1818. Remembered as one of the celebrated violin virtuosi of the 19th Century,...

Violinist & Composer Pablo de Sarasate Was Born On This Day in 1844 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Spanish violin virtuoso and composer Pablo de Sarasate was born on this day in 1844 – 175 years ago. Remembered as one of the most...

Lithuanian Theremin Virtuoso Clara Rockmore Was Born On This Day in 1911 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Lithuanian theremin virtuoso Clara Rockmore was born on this day in 1911 – 108 years ago. A violin child prodigy, she studied with acclaimed pedagogue...

American Composer Samuel Barber Was Born On This Day in 1910 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American composer Samuel Barber was born on this day in 1910 – 109 years ago. Dying in 1981, aged 70, Barber is remembered as one...

MEET THE PROS | Violin Pedagogue Mimi Zweig – VC 20 Questions [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up Indiana University Jacobs School of Music violin pedagogue, Professor Mimi Zweig. We sat her down for a fun game of VC...

Composer Sir William Walton Died On This Day in 1983 [ON-THIS-DAY]

British composer Sir William Walton died on this day in 1983 – aged 80. His signature works include his Symphony No. 1, Facade – An...

Today is VC Young Artist Diana Adamyan’s 19th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is VC Young Artist Diana Adamyan’s 19th birthday! A graduate of the Tchaikovsky School of Music where she studied with Petros Haykazyan, and current student of Ana Chumachenco at the Munich University...

Australian Violin Virtuoso Alma Moodie Died On This Day in 1943 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Australian violin virtuoso Alma Moodie died on this day in 1943 – aged just 44. Widely regarded as one of Europe's foremost soloists during the...

French Composer Maurice Ravel Was 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 was Born on this Day in 1909 [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...

VC VOX POP | “Are You Ok Being Filmed on a Cell Phone During a Performance?” [Q&A]

"Are you ok with audience members using their cell phones to record you during a performance?" The Violin Channel recently caught up with 30+ of the...

Conductor Lorin Maazel Was Born On This Day in 1930 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American conductor, violinist and composer Maestro Lorin Maazel was born on this day in 1930 - 89 years ago. A recognized child prodigy, he made...

Today is Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s 44th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is French-Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin's 44th birthday! A protege of Maestro Carlo Maria Giulini, he has served principal conducting positions with Montreal's Orchestre Métropolitain,...

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