Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Elgar’s ‘Serenade for Strings in E Minor’ Premiered On This Day in 1896 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Edward Elgar’s ‘Serenade for Strings in E Minor' Op. 20 premiered on this day in 1896. The first performance was given in Antwerp, Belgium –...

Today is VC Young Artist Fedor Rudin’s 25th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is VC Young Artist Fedor Rudin’s 25th birthday! A student of Pierre Amoyal at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, Fedor is a former 1st prize winner at the...

American Violinist Isaac Stern Born On This Day in 1920 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Violinist and conductor Isaac Stern was born on this day in 1920 – 97 years ago. Dying in 2001, he is remembered as one of the greatest...

Today is Violinist Nicola Benedetti’s 30th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Scottish violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti’s 30th birthday! A graduate of the Yehudi Menuhin School, Nicola is a former 1st prize winner at the BBC Young Musician of...

Conductor Joseph Keilberth  Died On This Day in 1968 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German conductor Joseph Keilberth died on this day in 1968 – aged 61. Maestro Keilberth served distinguished conducting positions with the Staatsoperette Dresden, Saxon State Opera Orchestra...

Violinist Szymon Goldberg Died On This Day in 1993 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish-born American violinist and conductor Szymon Goldberg died on this day in 1993 – aged 84. A student of Carl Flesch, he served as Concertmaster of the Dresden Philharmonic and...

Today is American Violinist Robert Mann’s 97th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American violinist, composer and conductor Robert Mann’s 97th birthday. A student of Edouard Dethier, Mr Mann was a founding member and first violinist with the Juilliard...

German Conductor Kurt Masur Born On This Day in 1927 [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 served distinguished...

Violinist & Composer Ferdinand David Died On This Day in 1873 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German violin virtuoso and composer Ferdinand David died on this day in 1873 – 144 years ago. A student of Louis Spohr, he served as...

Today is Belgium Violinist Yossif Ivanov’s 31st Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Belgium violin virtuoso Yossif Ivanov's 31st birthday. A student of Zakhar Bron and Igor & Valery Oistrakh, Yossif is a former prize winner at the...

Violin Virtuoso & Composer Eugène Ysaÿe Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Belgian violin virtuoso, composer and conductor Eugène Ysaÿe was born on this day in 1858. Legendary pedagogue Carl Flesch once described him as ‘the most outstanding and...

Conductor Herbert von Karajan Died On This Day in 1989 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan died on this day in 1989. Maestro von Karajan is remembered as one of the greatest conductors of all time. He served as Principal Conductor of...

Today is VC Young Artist Stephen Waarts’ 21st Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American-Dutch VC Young Artist Stephen Waarts' 21st birthday! A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and current post-graduate student at the Kronberg Academy, Stephen is a...

Violinist and Composer Gaetano Pugnani Died On This Day in 1798 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian violinist and composer Gaetano Pugnani died on this day in 1798. He is remembered in history, as violin virtuoso Fritz Kreisler borrowed his name...

Composer Ernest Bloch Died On This Day in 1959 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Swiss-born American composer Ernest Bloch died on this day in 1959 – aged 78. A former Musical Director of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the San...

Violinist Leopold Auer Died On This Day in 1930 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian violinist Leopold Auer died on this day in 1930 – aged 85. He is remembered as one of the most important violin pedagogues of...

Today is VC Artist Noah Bendix-Balgley’s 33rd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American VC Artist Noah Bendix-Balgley’s 33rd birthday! A graduate of Indiana University and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Munich, Noah currently serves as 1st Concertmaster of...

Violinist Willy Hess Born On This Day in 1859 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German violinist Willy Hess was born on this day in 1859 – 158 years ago. A protege of Joseph Joachim, he was a former Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and...

Conductor Charles Mackerras Died On This Day in 2010 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Australian conductor Sir Charles Mackerras died on this day in 2010 – aged 84. An authority on the operas of Janáček, Mozart and Gilbert and Sullivan, Maestro...

Today is Violin Virtuoso Ryu Goto’s 29th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Japanese-American violin virtuoso Ryu Goto’s 29th birthday. A physics graduate from Harvard University, Ryu is widely regarded as one of today’s eminent young concert virtuosi – working and recording regularly...

Conductor Carlos Kleiber Died On This Day in 2004 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German-born Austrian conductor Carlos Kleiber died on this day in 2004 – aged 74. Despite the paucity of his appearances, Maestro Kleiber is remembered as one of...

Composer Arnold Schoenberg Died On This Day in 1951 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg died on this day in 1951 – aged 76. Remembered as one of the most influential composers of all time – his approach,...

VC LIVE | Zorá String Quartet – Violin Channel Takeover Live from the Bravo! Vail Festival [LIVE]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with … wait, was recently taken over by … the Zorá String Quartet – for a Facebook Livestream with...

Composer & Pianist George Gershwin Died On This Day in 1937 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American composer and pianist George Gershwin died on this day in 1937 – 80 years ago. Gershwin’s signature works include ‘Rhapsody in Blue’, ‘An American in Paris’...

Today is Conductor Herbert Blomstedt’s 90th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Swedish conductor Herbert Blomstedt's 90th birthday. He has served Principal positions with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Danish Radio Symphony, Swedish Radio...

MEET THE PROS | Violinist James Ehnes – VC 20 Questions [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Canadian violin virtuoso, James Ehnes - at the 2017 Bravo! Vail Festival in Vail, Colorado, USA. We sat...

VC VOX POP | “Who is the Most Underrated Classical Musician of All Time?” [Q&A]

“Who is the most underrated classical musician of all time?” The Violin Channel recently caught up with 20+ of the world’s top string players to...

ASK THE PROS | Cellist Natasha Brofsky – ‘Developing a Great Performance Presence’ [ADVICE]

VC member Victoria Tsai from the United States was keen to know how to improve her stage performance presence. We threw Victoria’s question over to acclaimed American cellist, Ms Natasha...

Composer Henryk Wieniawski Born On This Day in 1835 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish composer Henryk Wieniawski was born on this day in 1835 – 182 years ago. Remembered as one of the greatest violin virtuosi of all...

Conductor Arthur Fiedler Died On This Day in 1979 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American conductor Arthur Fiedler died on this day in 1979 – 34 years ago - aged 84. Maestro Fiedler is remembered as the long-time principal conductor of the Boston...

Composer and Conductor Ottorino Respighi Born On This Day in 1879 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian composer and conductor Ottorino Respighi was born on this day in 1879 – 138 years ago. Respighi's signature works include the orchestral trilogy, 'Fountains...

Conductor & Violinist David Zinman Born On This Day in 1936 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American conductor and violinist David Zinman's 81st birthday. He has served Principal Conducting positions with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Aspen...

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