Sunday, January 19, 2020

American Violin Virtuoso Berl Senofsky Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violin virtuoso Berl Senofsky died on this day in 2002. A student of Louis Persinger and Ivan Galamian, Mr Senofsky is the only American...

Italian Luthier Carlo Bergonzi Was Born On This Day in 1683 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian luthier Carlo Bergonzi was born on this day in 1683. He is remembered as one of Antonio Stradivari's greatest pupils – later inheriting Stradivari's...

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...

VC WEB BLOG | Jules Eskin – In Memoriam (October 20, 1931 – November 16, 2016) [RIP]

VC recently caught up with violinist Emanuel Borok, former Boston Symphony Orchestra colleague with cellist Jules Eskin – who passed away earlier this month, aged 85. In a VC-exclusive blog, the former...

VC WEB BLOG | VC ‘Artist’ Bella Hristova – ‘Michael Hill Comp – Truly a Special Experience’

With the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition entering its final stages in Auckland, VC recently caught up with a number of former prize winners,...

VC INTERVIEW | Jason Price, Founder, Tarisio Fine Instruments and Bows – The 15th Anniversary

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Tarisio Fine Instruments and Bows Founder Jason Price, in London – on the 15th anniversary of the...

VC INTERVIEW | Jessie Montgomery – 2020 Sphinx Organization ‘Medal of Excellence’ Recipient

The Violin Channel recently caught up with American violinist and composer Jessie Montgomery - the recent recipient of the 2020 Sphinx Organization 'Medal of...

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...

Conductor Otto Klemperer Born On This Day in 1885 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German conductor Otto Klemperer was born on this day in 1885. Remembered as one of the finest conductors of the 20th Century, Maestro Klemperer served principal...

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...

MEET THE PROS | VC Young Artist Sirena Huang – VC 20 Questions [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with 2017 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition 1st prize winner, 22 year old VC Young Artist Sirena Huang...

English Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams Died On This Day in 1958 [ON-THIS-DAY]

English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams died on this day in 1958 – aged 85. He is remembered as one of Britain's most influential composers of all time...

Violin Virtuoso Nelli Shkolnikova Died On This Day in 2010 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian violin virtuoso Nelli Shkolnikova died on this day in 2010 – aged 81. A student of Lillia Kossodo and Yuri Yankelevich, Ms Shkolnikova was...

Today is Russian Violin Virtuoso Ilya Kaler’s 54th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian violin virtuoso Ilya Kaler’s 54th birthday! A student of Leonid Kogan and Viktor Tretiakov, Mr Kaler is a former 1st prize winner...

Today is American VC Artist Benjamin Beilman’s 30th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American violinist, VC Artist Benjamin Beilman’s 30th birthday! A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Kronberg Academy, where he studied...

VC INTERVIEW | VC ‘Young Artist’ Stephen Waarts – Young Concert Artists & Menuhin Competition 1st Prizes

The Violin Channel recently caught up with 17 year old American-Dutch VC 'Young Artist' Stephen Waarts, in Philadelphia - where he studies at the...

German Composer Ludwig van Beethoven Was Born On This Day in 1770 – 246 Years Ago [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven was born on this day in 1770 – 246 years ago. Dying in 1827, Beethoven is remembered...

VC WEB BLOG | Petteri Iivonen – ‘Sibelius Violin Comp – a Surreal Experience’

With the 2015 Jean Sibelius International Violin Competition entering its final stages in Helsinki, VC recently caught up with a number of former prize winners, to...

Today is Violin Virtuoso Vadim Repin’s 48th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Belgian-Russian violin virtuoso Vadim Repin’s 48th birthday! A protégé of Zakhar Bron, he is a former 1st prize winner at the Wienaiwski and Queen Elisabeth International Violin...

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...

Composer Görgy Ligeti Was Born On This Day in 1923 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian-Austrian contemporary composer Görgy Ligeti was born on this day in 1923 - 95 years ago. A composer who refused to play by the rules,...

VC WEB BLOG | Cellist Christoph Croisé – ‘Schoenfeld Comp Was a Huge Opportunity For Me’ [BLOG]

With the 2018 Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International Cello Competition reaching its final stages in in Harbin, China, this week, VC recently caught up with a number...

French Violinist Christian Ferras Died On This Day in 1982 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French violinist Christian Ferras died on this day in 1982 – aged just 49. A student of Charles Bistesi and George Enescu, he is remembered a one...

Today is VC Young Artist Kerson Leong’s 22nd Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is VC Young Artist Kerson Leong’s 22nd birthday! A student of Augustin Dumay at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth, Kerson is a former Junior 1st...

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 Violin Pedagogue Boris Kuschnir’s 71st Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Austrian violinist and pedagogue Boris Kuschnir's 71st birthday. A graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, Professor Kuschnir currently holds teaching positions at the Konservatorium...

Today is British Violinist & Model Charlie Siem’s 33rd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is British violinist and fashion model Charlie Siem’s 33rd birthday. A student of Ithzak Rashkovsky and Shlomo Mintz, Charlie’s recent debuts include performances with the Moscow Philharmonic, Oslo...

Today is Violinist & Conductor Richard Tognetti’s 51st Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Australian violinist and conductor Richard Tognetti's 51st birthday! For the past 23 years, Richard has served as the Artistic Director and Leader of...

VC WEB BLOG | VC ‘Young Artist’ Kerson Leong – ‘Menuhin Comp : Most Important Musical Experiences’ [BLOG]

With the 2016 Menuhin Competition opening rounds commencing today, VC recently caught up with a number of former prize winners to get a better...

Today is Korean-American Violin Virtuoso Soovin Kim’s 43rd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Korean-American violinist Soovin Kim’s 43rd birthday. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied...

VC WEB BLOG | Violist Helen Callus – ‘Looking Beyond Just Scales & Etude Books’ [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Northwestern University Bienen School of Music Viola Professor, Ms Helen Callus. In a VC-exclusive blog, Helen talks us through the importance...

VC WEB BLOG | Violinist Lara St. John – ‘7 Essential Considerations When Commissioning New Music’ [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Canadian violin virtuoso and new music advocate, Lara St. John. In a VC-exclusive blog, Lara discusses her 7 essential considerations...

British Singer & Songwriter Freddie Mercury Died On This Day in 1991 [ON-THIS-DAY]

British singer-songwriter Freddie Mercury died on this day in 1991 – aged 45. The lead vocalist and songwriter for the rock band Queen, he is remembered for his flamboyant stage...

MEET THE PROS | Menuhin Competition Jury Members – ‘Best Advice for Competitors’ [LEARN]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with 2018 Menuhin Competition jury members Pamela Frank, Joji Hattori, Itamar Golan, Ilya Gringolts, Henning Kraggerud, Lu Siqing,...

VC VOX POP | “What Are Your Pre-Concert Rituals?” [Q&A]

“What are your pre-concert rituals?” The Violin Channel recently caught up with 30+ of the world’s top string players to find out … Russian-born Violinist, Dmitry...

Violinist and Composer Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst Died on this Day in 1865 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Moravian-Jewish violinist and composer Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst died on this day in 1865. He is remembered as one of the greatest violin virtuosi of all...

MEET THE PROS | VC ‘Young Artist’ Stephen Waarts – ‘VC 20 Questions’ [VIDEO]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with VC 'Young Artist', violinist Stephen Waarts - on the eve of his prestigious New York City, Merkin Concert...

VC WEB BLOG | VC ‘Artist’ Nikita Boriso-Glebsky – ‘Sibelius Comp – People Look Like You’re a Sportsman’

With the 2015 Jean Sibelius International Violin Competition entering its final stages in Helsinki, VC recently caught up with a number of former prize winners, to...

VC WEB BLOG | Ja Kyoung Huh – “Schoenfeld Comp: A Precious Moment of My Music Life” [BLOG]

HARBIN – With the 2016 Schoenfeld International String Competition reaching its final stages this week in Harbin, China, VC recently caught up with a number of...

VC WEB BLOG | Pirastro’s Ed Mingo – “Picking Your Perfect Violin E String” [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Pirastro USA's Marketing Manager, Mr Ed Mingo. In a VC-exclusive blog, Ed talks us through the considerations for choosing your violin's perfect...

Alexander Glazunov Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day in 1905 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Alexander Glazunov Violin Concerto in A Minor Op. 82 premiered on this day in 1905 – 114 years ago. The first performance was given by...

Today is Cellist VC Young Artist Ivan Karizna’s 27th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Belarusian cellist, VC Young Artist Ivan Karizna’s 27th birthday. A student of Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy, Ivan is a former major...

Today is Violinist Nicola Benedetti’s 31st Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Scottish violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti’s 31st birthday! A graduate of the Yehudi Menuhin School, Nicola is a former 1st prize winner at the BBC 'Young Musician of...

Italian Violin Virtuoso Camillo Sivori Died On This Day in 1894 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian violin virtuoso and composer Camillo Sivori died on this day in 1894 - 125 years ago. He is remembered in history as Niccolo Paganini's only...

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

Russian-born American violinist and conductor Isaac Stern was born on this day in 1920 – 99 years ago. Dying in 2001, he is remembered as...

VC WEB BLOG | Violin Pedagogue Mrs Almita Vamos – ‘Qualities of an Effective Instrumental Teacher’ [INSIGHT]

In a VC-exclusive guest blog, respected Chicago-based violin pedagogue Mrs Almita Vamos shares her thoughts on the technical and interpersonal qualities required to become...

Today is American Conductor Marin Alsop’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American conductor Marin Alsop’s birthday. Maestra Alsop holds the honour of being the first woman in history to be appointed the Music Director...

Australian Conductor Stuart Challender Died On This Day – Aged Just 44 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Acclaimed Australian conductor Stuart Challender passed away on this day in 1991, from an AIDS-related illness - aged just 44. A graduate of the Victorian...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist Yevgeny Kutik – ‘How Do You Put Together a Solo Recital Program?’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Josephine Lee from the United States was keen to know: "How do you go about putting together a solo recital...

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...

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