Friday, May 4, 2018

Today is Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s 43rd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is French Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin's 43rd birthday! A protege of Maestro Carlo Maria Giulini, he has served principal conducting positions with Montreal's Orchestre...

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,...

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...

Today is Japanese VC Young Artist Tatsuki Narita’s 26th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Japanese VC Young Artist Tatsuki Narita’s 26th birthday. A graduate of the Conservatoire Nationale Superieur de Paris, where he studied with Svetlin Roussev, Tatsuki...

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...

Violinist & Pedagogue Jascha Brodsky Died On This Day in 1997 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Russian-American violinist and pedagogue Jascha Brodsky died on this day in 1997 – aged 89. A student of Lucien Capet, Eugène Ysaÿe and Efrem...

Violin Virtuoso Henryk Szeryng Died on This Day in 1988 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish-born Mexican violin virtuoso Henryk Szeryng died on this day in 1988. A student of Maurice Frenkel, Carl Flesch and Jacques Thibaud, he is...

Today is TwoSet Violinist Brett Yang’s 26th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Australian funster, TwoSet Violinist's Brett Yang's 26th birthday! A graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, he is a former Concertmaster of the...

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...

Today is Australian Conductor Simone Young’s Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is celebrated Australian conductor Simone Young’s birthday! A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and former assistant to James Conlon and Daniel Barenboim,...

Belgian Violin Virtuoso Mathieu Crickboom Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Belgian violin virtuoso Mathieu Crickboom was born on this day in 1871. Dying in 1947, he is remembered in history as the dedicatee of Eugene...

VC WEB BLOG | Astral Artists Executive Director, Julia Rubio – ‘Creating Creative Problem Solvers’ [BLOG]

With the applications set to close on March 7th for the 2018 Astral Artists National Auditions, VC recently caught up with the roster's Executive Director, Ms Julia...

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...

Composer & Virtuoso Pianist Frederic Chopin was Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish composer and virtuoso pianist Frederic Chopin was born on this day in 1810 – 208 years ago. Dying at only age 39, Chopin is...

VC LIVE | Double Bassist Xavier Foley – Young Concert Artists NYC Debut Recital [LIVE]

VC Facebook Live webcast of American double bassist Xavier Foley's New York City recital debut - live from Merkin Concert Hall with pianist Kelly Yu-Chieh Lin. Presented by...

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...

VC INTERVIEW | Anne-Sophie Mutter – March 4th’s World Premiere of Sir André Previn’s ‘The Fifth Season’

The Violin Channel recently sat down with German violin virtuoso Anne-Sophie Mutter as she was in final preparations for her upcoming US tour -...

Today is German Violin Virtuoso Frank Peter Zimmermann’s 53rd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is German violin virtuoso Frank Peter Zimmermann’s 53rd birthday! A student of Valery Gradov, Saschko Gawriloff and Herman Krebber, he is widely regarded as one...

Today is Latvian-German Violinist Gidon Kremer’s 71st Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Latvian-German violin virtuoso Gidon Kremer's 71st birthday. A student of David Oistrakh, Maestro Kremer is widely regarded as one of the most celebrated musicians...

MEET THE PROS | Violinist & Pedagogue Charles Castleman – VC 20 Questions [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with respected American violinist and former long-term Eastman School of Music violin pedagogue, Mr Charles Castleman. We sat him down...

Today is VC Young Artist Kerson Leong’s 21st Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is VC Young Artist Kerson Leong’s 21st birthday! A student of Augustin Dumay at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth, Kerson is a former Junior 1st...

American Violin Virtuoso Eugene Fodor Died On This Day in 2011 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violin virtuoso Eugene Fodor died on this day in 2011. A student of Ivan Galamian, Josef Gingold and Jascha Heifetz, he was a former...

American Violinist Guila Bustabo was Born on This Day in 1916 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Celebrated American violinist Guila Bustabo was born on this day in 1916 – 102 years ago. A student of Leon Sametini and Louis Persinger, she...

American Cellist David Soyer Died On This Day in 2010 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American cellist David Soyer died on this day in 2010 - one day after his 87th birthday. A student of Emanuel Feuermann and Pablo Casals,...

Composer Franz Waxman Died On This Day in 1967 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Jewish-American composer Franz Waxman died on this day in 1967 from cancer – aged 59. A prolific composer, he left a legacy of over 150...

VC WEB BLOG | VC Young Artist Timothy Chooi – ‘My Experience on the Astral Artists Roster’ [BLOG]

With the applications set to close on March 7th for the 2018 Astral Artists National Auditions, VC recently caught up with 2016 1st prize winner, VC...

English Violinist Albert Sammons was Born on This Day in 1886 [ON-THIS-DAY]

English violin virtuoso Albert Sammons was born on this day in 1886 – 132 years ago. Largely a self-taught violinist, he is remembered particularly for...

Soviet Violin Virtuoso Julian Sitkovetsky Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Soviet violin virtuoso Julian Sitkovetsky died on this day in 1958, aged just 32 – from lung cancer. The father of violinist and conductor Dmitry...

English Composer Sir Edward Elgar Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

English composer Sir Edward Elgar died on this day in 1934 – 83 years ago. His signature works include the 'Enigma Variations', the 'Pomp...

Max Bruch’s ‘Scottish Fantasy’ Premiered On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Max Bruch's 'Scottish Fantasy' in E-flat Major Op. 46 premiered on this day in 1881. The first performance was given by Hungarian virtuoso Joseph Joachim -...

Violinist & Pedagogue Efrem Zimbalist Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-born violin virtuoso, pedagogue and composer Efrem Zimbalist died on this day in 1985 – aged 94. A student of Leopold Auer, he is remembered as...

English Viola Virtuoso Lionel Tertis Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

English viola virtuoso Lionel Tertis died on this day in 1975 – aged 98. He is remembered as one of the most eminent violists of...

VC LIVE | VC Takeover – PUBLIQuartet, Live from Norwalk, Connecticut [LIVE]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with … wait, was recently taken over by … PUBLIQuartet for a Facebook Livestream with their fans –...

VC WEB BLOG | Composer Adam Schoenberg – ‘My New Violin Concerto: Orchard in Fog’ [BLOG]

VC recently caught up with acclaimed American composer Adam Schoenberg following the successful world premiere last week of his new violin concerto 'Orchard in Fog'...

VC WEB BLOG | Cello Pedagogue Amit Peled – ‘The First Hour – A Cellist’s Daily Technical Regimen’ [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Peabody Institute faculty member, Israeli-American cellist, Mr Amit Peled. In a VC-exclusive blog, Amit discusses the inspiration behind his...

Today is Italian Conductor Riccardo Chailly’s 65th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly’s 65th birthday. Maestro Chailly is widely regarded as one of today’s foremost conductors. He has held principal conducting positions with...

Today is Pianist and Conductor Christoph Eschenbach’s 75th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is German-born pianist and conductor Christoph Eschenbach’s 75th birthday. A protege of Herbert von Karajan and George Szell, Maestro Eschenbach is widely regarded as...

Prokofiev‘s ‘Sinfonia Concertante’ Cello Concerto Premiered on this Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Sergei Prokofiev‘s 'Sinfonia Concertante' Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 58 premiered on this day in 1938. The first performance was given by Alexander Melik-Pashayev...

Today is French Violin Virtuoso Olivier Charlier’s 57th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is French virtuoso Olivier Charlier's 57th birthday. A student of Yehudi Menuhin and Henryk Szeryng, he is a former 1st prize winner at the...

Belgian Composer and Violinist Henri Vieuxtemps Was Born on this Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Belgian composer and violinist Henri Vieuxtemps was born on this day in 1820. A protege of Charles de Bériot, he is remembered as one of...

French Violinist and Composer Pierre Rode was Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

French violinist and composer Pierre Rode was born on this day in 1774 – 244 years ago. A student of Giovanni Battista Viotti, Rode...

Today is Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer John Corigliano’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Pulitzer-prize winning American composer John Corigliano's 79th birthday. A graduate of Columbia University and the Manhattan School of Music, his signature works include...

VC WEB BLOG | Playwright James Inverne – ‘How Writing a Play is like Playing the Violin’ [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with British playwright, James Inverne. In a VC-exclusive blog, James discusses the inspiration for his new off-Broadway play, 'A Walk...

Alexander Glazunov Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Alexander Glazunov Violin Concerto in A Minor Op. 82 premiered on this day in 1905 – 113 years ago. The first performance was given by...

Erich Wolfgang Korngold Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Erich Wolfgang Korngold Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 35 premiered on this day in 1945. The first performance was given by Jascha Heifetz with...

Today is Russian Violin Virtuoso Victor Pikayzen’s 85th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is celebrated Russian violin virtuoso Victor Pikayzen's 85th birthday. A protege of David Oistrakh, he is a former prize winner at the Paganini, Queen...

Comedian & Violinist Jack Benny Was Born On This Day in 1894 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American comedian, vaudevillian and violinist Jack Benny was born on this day in 1894 – 123 years ago. Dying in 1974, he is widely regarded...

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 – 135 years ago, aged 69. His signature works...

VC WEB BLOG | Violinist Francesca Dego – ‘Going Beyond the Standard Violin Repertoire’ [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with American-Italian violin virtuoso, Francesca Dego. In a VC-exclusive blog, Francesca discusses why she feels young violinists should go beyond the...

VC LIVE | Adam Schoenberg’s Violin Concerto World Premiere – Anne Akiko Meyers [LIVE]

VC Facebook Live webcast of Liszt's 'Les preludés' and the world premiere of American composer Adam Schoenberg's Violin Concerto 'Orchard in Fog' - performed...

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