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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...

Schumann Violin Concerto in D Minor Premiered On This Day in 1937 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Robert Schumann’s Violin Concerto in D Minor premiered on this day in 1937 – 80 years after the composer's death. The first performance was given...

Sergei Prokofiev’s Cello Concerto in E Minor Premiered On This Day in 1938 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Sergei Prokofiev’s Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 58 premiered on this day in 1938. The first performance was given by Alexander Melik-Pashayev with the...

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...

French Violinist & Composer Pierre Rode Died On This Day in 1830 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French violinist and composer Pierre Rode died on this day in 1830 – 188 years ago. A student of Giovanni Battista Viotti, Rode is remembered as one of...

Today is American VC Artist Benjamin Beilman’s 29th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American violinist, VC Artist Benjamin Beilman’s 29th birthday! A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Kronberg Academy, where he studied...

Soviet Composer Alfred Schnittke Born On This Day in 1934 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Soviet composer Alfred Schnittke was born on this day in 1934. A prolific composer, his output included 9 symphonies, 6 concerti grossi, 3 operas, 3 ballets,...

Today Is Double Bass Virtuoso Edgar Meyer’s 58th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is classical, jazz and bluegrass double bass virtuoso and composer Edgar Meyer’s 58th birthday. A musician of great diversity, his collaborations have spanned a...

Today is Austrian Violinist & Conductor Thomas Zehetmair’s 57th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Austrian violinist and conductor Thomas Zehetmair’s 57th birthday. He is a founding member of the Zehetmair Quartet – and has served guest conducting...

Soviet Violin Virtuoso Oleg Kagan Born On This Day in 1946 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Soviet violin virtuoso Oleg Kagan was born on this day in 1946. A student of Boris Kuznetsov and David Oistrakh, he is a former major...

VC WEB BLOG | Violinist Mark Messenger – ‘How Does One Go About Building Their Own Sound?’ [INSIGHT]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with London's Royal College of Music Head of Strings, violin pedagogue Professor Mark Messenger. In a VC-exclusive guest blog, Mark shares...

Italian Violinist Franco Gulli Died On This Day in 2001 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian violinist Franco Gulli died on this day in 2001 - aged 75. A student of Arrigo Serato and Joseph Szigeti, Maestro Gulli served a long-term...

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

The Violin Channel recently caught up with superstar violinist Sarah Chang – for a fun game of VC Desert Island Downloads. We sat her down...

VC WEB BLOG | VC Young Artist Luke Hsu – ‘Managing the Mammoth Task of Preparing for a Competition’ [INSIGHT]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with VC Young Artist, and recent major prize winner at the Michael Hill, Carl Nielsen, Wieniawski, Paganini and...

Scottish-Born Violin Virtuoso Henri Temianka Born on this Day in 1906 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Scottish-born violin virtuoso Henri Temianka was born on this day in 1906. A student of Jules Boucherit and Carl Flesch, he was awarded 3rd prize...

Austrian Composer Franz Schubert Died On This Day in 1828 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian composer Franz Schubert died on this day in 1828 – 190 years ago. Despite dying aged just 31, he was tremendously prolific - outputting 9...

Conductor Eugene Ormandy Was Born On This Day in 1899 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian-born violinist and conductor Eugene Ormandy was born on this day in 1899. Dying in 1985, Maestro Ormandy is remembered as one of the eminent...

Today is VC Artist Alexandra Conunova’s 29th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is VC Artist, violinist Alexandra Conunova’s 29th birthday! A graduate of the Hannover University of Music and the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne, Alexandra is a...

New York-Based Luthier René A. Morel Died On This Day in 2011 [ON-THIS-DAY]

New York-based luthier René A. Morel died on this day in 2011, following an ongoing battle with cancer – aged 79. Highly respected by leading international string...

Russian Violinist Toscha Seidel Died On This Day in 1962 – Aged 62 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian violinist Toscha Seidel died on this day in 1962 – aged 62. A protégé of Leopold Auer, Mr Seidel is remembered as one of...

Today is German Violin Virtuoso Arabella Steinbacher’s Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is German-Japanese concert violinist Arabella Steinbacher’s birthday! A student of Ana Chumachenco, Dorothy DeLay and Anne-Sophie Mutter, Arabella is a former 1st prize winner at the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition, Hannover. She...

Violinist Leonid Kogan Was Born On This Day in 1924 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Soviet violinist Leonid Borisovich Kogan was born on this day in 1924 – 94 years ago. Dying in 1982, aged just 58 from a heart...

Italian Composer Gioachino Antonio Rossini Died On This Day in 1868 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian composer Gioachino Antonio Rossini died on this day in 1868 – aged 76. One of the most popular opera composers in history, his signature...

Russian Romantic Composer Alexander Borodin Born On This Day in 1833 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian Romantic composer, doctor and chemist Alexander Borodin was born on this day in 1833. A member of 'The Five', his signature works include 3...

VC LIVE | 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, New York [LIVESTREAM]

Watch the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions final round live on The Violin Channel – direct from New York City.   YOUNG CONCERT ARTISTS INTERNATIONAL AUDITIONS FINAL...

MEET THE PROS | VC Young Artist Nathan Meltzer – VC 20 Questions [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with 18-year-old American violinist, VC Young Artist Nathan Meltzer. We sat him down for a fun game of VC...

Children’s TV Show Sesame Street Began On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Beloved children's tv show Sesame Street began on this day - 49 years ago. The recipient of 8 Grammy Awards and 153 Emmy Awards, a...

Edward Elgar’s Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day in 1910 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Edward Elgar's Violin Concerto in B minor Op. 61 premiered on this day in 1910. The first performance was given by Fritz Kreisler - with...

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...

Today is VC Artist Jennifer Pike’s 29th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is British violinist, VC Artist Jennifer Pike’s 29th birthday! A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama & the University of Oxford,...

Today is VC Young Artist William Hagen’s 26th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American violinist, VC Young Artist William Hagen’s 26th birthday! A graduate of the Colburn School and the Kronberg Academy, where he studied with Robert...

Soviet Violin Virtuoso Boris Goldstein Died On This Day in 1987 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Soviet violin virtuoso Boris Goldstein died on this day in 1987 – aged 65. A former prize winner at the Wieniawski and Queen Elisabeth International...

Scottish-Born Violin Virtuoso Henri Temianka Died On This Day in 1992 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Scottish-born violin virtuoso Henri Temianka died on this day in 1992 – aged 85. A student of Jules Boucherit and Carl Flesch, he was...

Russian Violin Virtuoso Julian Sitkovetsky Born On This Day in 1925 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian violin virtuoso Julian Sitkovetsky was born on this day in 1925 – 93 years ago. Dying aged just 32 from lung cancer, David Oistrakh...

Polish Violinist Josef Hassid Died On This Day in 1950 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish violinist Josef Hassid died on this day in 1950 – aged just 26. Battling schizophrenia for much of his adult life, Mr Hassid...

VC VOX POP | “How Do You Deal With Your Vision Not Being In line With the Conductor’s?” [Q&A]

"As a soloist, if your vision is not in line with the conductor's, how do you deal with it?" The Violin Channel recently caught up...

Today is VC Young Artist Ioana Cristina Goicea’s 26th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Romanian-born violinist, VC Young Artist Ioana Cristina Goicea's 26th birthday! A former major prizewinner at the Brahms, Postacchini, Valsesia Musica, Fritz Kreisler and...

Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Died On This Day in 1893 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky died on this day in 1893 – aged just 53. The first Russian composer whose music made a lasting impression internationally, Tchaikovsky's signature works include...

Samuel Barber’s ‘Adagio For Strings’ Premiered On This Day in 1938 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings premiered on this day in 1938. The first performance was conducted by Arturo Toscanini with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. The highly-emotive masterwork...

American Composer Elliott Carter Died On This Day in 2012 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American composer Elliott Carter died on this day in 2012 – aged 103. A two time Pulitzer Prize winner, Mr Carter's contributions to the string repertoire...

Composer Felix Mendelssohn Died On This Day in 1847 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer Felix Mendelssohn died on this day in 1847. Mendelssohn's signature works include his overture and incidental music from A Midsummer Night's Dream, his Italian and...

French Composer Gabriel Fauré Died On This Day in 1924 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French composer Gabriel Fauré died on this day in 1924 – aged 79. He is remembered as one of the most prominent French composers of...

Conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos Died On This Day in 1960 – Aged 64 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Greek-American conductor, pianist and composer Dimitri Mitropoulos died on this day in 1960 – aged 64. He is remembered as one of the most celebrated conductors...

Szymanowski Violin Concerto No. 1 Premiered On This Day in 1922 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Karol Szymanowski Violin Concerto No 1 premiered on this day in 1922 – 96 years ago. The first performance was given by Polish virtuoso Józef...

Jewish-Austrian Violin Virtuoso Erika Morini Died On This Day in 1995 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Jewish-Austrian violin virtuoso Erika Morini died on this day in 1995 – aged 91. A protege of Otakar Ševčík, Ms Morini is remembered as one...

Today is Israeli Violinist Shlomo Mintz’s 61st Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian-born Israeli violinist Shlomo Mintz's 61st birthday. A prodigy of Ilona Fehér and Dorothy DeLay, he made his solo debut with the Israel Philharmonic...

Today is Greek Violin Virtuoso Leonidas Kavakos’ 51st Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Greek violin virtuoso Leonidas Kavakos' 51st birthday. A former 1st prize winner at Sibelius, Naumburg and Paganini International Violin Competitions, he is widely respected...

Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 Premiered On This Day in 1955 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Dmitri Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor Op. 99 premiered on this day in 1955 - 63 years ago. The first performance was...

Today is American Violin Pedagogue Ida Kavafian’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Armenian-American violinist and pedagogue Ida Kavafian's birthday. A student of Oscar Shumsky and Ivan Galamian, Ms Kavafian currently serves distinguished teaching positions on faculty...

Violin Pedagogue Josef Gingold Born On This Day in 1909 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-born American violinist and teacher Josef Gingold was born on this day in 1909 – 109 years ago. A student of Vladimir Graffman and...

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