Friday, April 19, 2019

Violinist & Composer Fritz Kreisler Born On This Day in 1875 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian-born violinist and composer Fritz Kreisler was born on this day in 1875 – 144 years ago. He is widely regarded as one of the...

Violin Virtuoso Jascha Heifetz Born On This Day 118 Years Ago [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary violin virtuoso Jascha Heifetz was born on this day in 1901 – 118 years ago. A protégé of Leopold Auer, he is remembered in history as one of...

Austrian Composer Franz Schubert Born On This Day in 1797 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian composer Franz Schubert was born on this day in 1797. Despite dying aged just 31, he was tremendously prolific - outputting 9 symphonies, more than...

Today is American Composer Philip Glass’ 82nd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American composer Philip Glass' 82nd birthday! Described as a composer of 'music with repetitive structures', Mr Glass is widely regarded as one of...

Today is Canadian VC Artist Nikki Chooi’s 30th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Canadian VC Artist Nikki Chooi’s 30th birthday! A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, Nikki is a former...

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

Today is Canadian violinist, VC Young Artist Blake Pouliot’s 25th birthday! A graduate of the Colburn School, where he studied with Robert Lipsett, Blake is a...

VC INTERVIEW | Composer Peng-Peng Gong – ‘Peking Fantasy’ World Premiere

The Violin Channel recently caught up with 26-year-old Chinese-born composer Peng-Peng Gong, in Philadelphia - on the eve of the world premiere performance of...

Today is Japanese Violinist Sayaka Shoji’s 36th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Japanese violin virtuoso Sayaka Shoji's 36th birthday! A protege of Zakhar Bron, Sayaka shot to international fame at age 16 – after winning...

Today Is American Cellist Lynn Harrell’s 75th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American cellist Lynn Harrell's 75th birthday! A protege of Leonard Rose and Orlando Cole, Mr Harrell is widely respected as one of the...

Today Is Romanian Violinist Silvia Marcovici’s Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Romanian-born violin virtuoso, Silvia Marcovici's birthday! A former 1st prize winner at the Long-Jacques Thibaud and George Enescu International Violin Competitions, she is...

Polish-American Violinist Bronislav Gimpel Was Born On This Day in 1911 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish-American violin virtuoso Bronislav Gimpel was born on this day in 1911 – 108 years ago. A protege of Carl Flesch, Mr Gimpel is remembered...

Violinist & Composer Fritz Kreisler Died On This Day in 1962 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian-American violin virtuoso & composer Fritz Kreisler died on this day in 1962, from a heart condition - aged 86. He is widely regarded as...

Today Is Taiwanese-American Violinist Cho-Liang Lin’s Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Taiwanese-American violin virtuoso Cho-Liang Lin's 59th birthday! A student of Dorothy DeLay, Cho-Liang has made appearances with virtually every major orchestra in the world,...

Polish-American Pianist Arthur Rubinstein Was Born On This Day in 1887 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish-American pianist Arthur Rubinstein was born on this day in 1887 – 132 years ago. A student of Karl Heinrich Barth, Maestro Rubinstein is remembered...

VC INTERVIEW | Conductors Kensho Watanabe & Zhang Liang – ‘Philadelphia’s Cross-Cultural Celebration’

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Philadelphia Orchestra Assistant Conductor Maestro Kensho Watanabe and Shanghai Philharmonic Resident Conductor Maestro Zhang Liang - in...

VC INSTA TAKEOVER | Youth Music Culture Guangdong Festival Takeover [INSIDER]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with the Youth Music Culture Guangdong Festival for a behind-the-scenes Instagram takeover – direct from Guangzhou, China. Takeover featuring violinist Johnny Gandelsman from...

Today is French Violin Virtuoso Renaud Capucon’s 43rd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is French violin virtuoso Renaud Capucon's 43rd birthday! A protege of Gérard Poulet, he is widely regarded as one of today's eminent violin...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Born On This Day in 1756 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on this day in 1756 – 263 years ago. Mozart is remembered in history as one of the most prolific and...

Today is VC Young Artist Sarah Christian’s 29th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is German violin virtuoso, VC Artist Sarah Christian’s 29th birthday. A graduate of the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler and University of Mozarteum Salzburg, where she studied...

Today is Canadian Violinist James Ehnes’ 43rd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Canadian violinist James Ehnes’ 43rd birthday. A protégé of Sally Thomas and The Juilliard School, James is widely regarded as one of today’s foremost virtuosi –...

Remembering the Victims of the Holocaust and Nazi Persecution [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today, January 27th is the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. The day marks the anniversary of the 1945 liberation...

VC WEB BLOG | Violinist Simon Fischer – ‘Five Things You Can Do Today to Improve Your Rhythm’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with respected Australian-British violinist and educator, Professor Simon Fischer. In a VC-exclusive guest blog, the Guildhall School of Music and Royal...

VC LIVE | ‘Viva Tango!’ – Live from Beare’s Premiere Music Festival in Hong Kong [LIVE]

VC Facebook Live webcast direct from the Beare’s Premiere Music Festival — in Hong Kong. Program entitled ‘Viva Tango!’ includes the Hong Kong premiere of Lalo Schifrin’s...

Jazz Violinist Stephane Grappelli Born On This Day in 1908 – 111 Years Ago [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary French jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli was born on this day in 1908 – 111 years ago. Dying in 1997, aged 89, Mr Grappelli is remembered for...

Japanese Pedagogue Shinichi Suzuki Died On This Day in 1998 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Japanese pedagogue Shinichi Suzuki died on this day in 1998 – aged 99. Mr Suzuki holds an influential place in history as the creator of the Suzuki...

Today is Soviet-Born Violinist Boris Belkin’s 71st Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Soviet-born violin virtuoso Boris Belkin’s 71st birthday. A protégé of Yuri Yankelevich, Felix Andrievsky and Isaac Stern, Mr Belkin is widely respected as one of the finest...

Today is Venezuelan Conductor Gustavo Dudamel’s 38th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Venezuelan-born conductor Gustavo Dudamel’s 38th birthday! Maestro Dudamel currently serves as the Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar and the Los Angeles...

Legendary British Cellist Jacqueline du Pre Born On This Day in 1945 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary British cellist Jacqueline du Pre was born on this day in 1945 – 74 years ago. Passing away in 1987, aged just 42, she is remembered...

Polish Composer Witold Lutoslawski Born On This Day in 1913 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski was born on this day in 1913 – 106 years ago. Dying in 1994, Lutoslawski is remembered as one of the most influential...

German Conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler Born On This Day in 1886 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler was born on this day in 1886. Remembered as one of the greatest symphonic and operatic conductors of the 20th Century, he served...

Sir William Walton’s Cello Concerto Premiered on This Day in 1957 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Sir William Walton's Cello Concerto premiered on this day in 1957. The first performance was given by Russian-born American virtuoso Gregor Piatigorsky, with the Boston...

Today is Russian Violist Yuri Bashmet’s 66th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian violist Yuri Bashmet’s 66th birthday. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost violists – performing regularly with the world’s finest...

German Violin Virtuoso Georg Kulenkampff Born On This Day in 1898 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German violin virtuoso Georg Kulenkampff was born on this day in 1898 – 121 years ago. He is remembered as one of the finest...

American Composer Samuel Barber Died On This Day in 1981 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American composer Samuel Barber died on this day in 1981, 38 years ago – aged 70. His signature works include Adagio for Strings and his Violin Concerto Op....

Iranian-Born Armenian Violin Pedagogue Ivan Galamian Born On This Day in 1903 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Iranian-born Armenian violinist Ivan Galamian was born on this day in 1903 – 116 years ago. A student of French pedagogue Lucien Capet, he is remembered as...

VC LIVE | ‘Forward Movement’ – Live from Beare’s Premiere Music Festival in Hong Kong [LIVE]

VC Facebook Live webcast direct from the Beare’s Premiere Music Festival — in Hong Kong. Program including Vivaldi’s Mandolin Concerto, Dvorak’s Terzetto, Spohr’s Double Quartet and Elgar’s...

VC DESERTED ISLAND DOWNLOADS | Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber – ‘5 Recordings I Can’t Live Without’

The Violin Channel recently caught up with British cellist and Principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Mr Julian Lloyd Webber – for a fun game of VC...

German Violinist August Wilhelmj Died On This Day in 1908 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German violin virtuoso August Wilhelmj died on this day in 1908, 111 years ago – aged 62. Wilhelmj was regarded as one of the most celebrated...

VC LIVE | Nicola Benedetti & Wynton Marsalis – Live from New York’s WQXR [LIVE]

VC Facebook Live webcast with award-winning Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti and legendary American trumpeter, composer and Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director, Wynton Marsalis – direct from WQXR‘s Greene Space in...

Today is Spanish Tenor & Conductor Plácido Domingo’s 78th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Spanish tenor and conductor Plácido Domingo’s 78th birthday. Maestro Domingo is widely regarded as one of the finest and most versatile musicians of the...

Today is Italian Violin Virtuoso Uto Ughi’s 75th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Italian violin virtuoso and conductor Uto Ughi’s 75th birthday. A student of Georges Enescu and Yehudi Menuhin, he is recognised as one of the finest violinists of the last century –...

VC LIVE | Concert Artists Guild – Career Intentions with Violinist Jennifer Koh [LIVE]

VC Facebook Live webcast with American violinist Jennifer Koh – direct from Tarisio Fine Instruments & Bows in New York City. Hosted by Concert Artists Guild President Tanya Bannister, the 1994...

French Romantic Composer Ernest Chausson Born On This Day in 1855 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French Romantic composer Ernest Chausson was born on this day in 1855 – 164 years ago. His signature works include a symphony, two symphonic poems,...

Russian-Born American Violin Virtuoso Mischa Elman Born On This Day in 1891 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-born American violin virtuoso Mischa Elman was born on this day in 1891 – 128 years ago. He is widely regarded as one of the finest violinists...

Camille Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No 1 Premiered On This Day in 1873 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Camille Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No 1 in A Minor Op. 33 premiered on this day in 1873 – 146 years ago. The first performance was...

American Violin Virtuoso Michael Rabin Died On This Day in 1972 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violin virtuoso Michael Rabin died on this day in 1972, 47 years ago – aged just 35. A celebrated child prodigy, he is remembered as one...

Czech Violinist & Pedagogue Otakar Ševčík Died On This Day in 1934 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Czech violinist and pedagogue Otakar Ševčík died on this day in 1934. He served teaching positions at the Prague Conservatory, Russian Music Society and the Vienna Music...

Today is German Violinist Ulf Hoelscher’s 77th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is German violinist Ulf Hoelscher’s 77th birthday! A student of Max Rostal, Josef Gingold, Paul Makanowitzky and Ivan Galamian, Professor Hoelscher currently serves distinguished...

Legendary Italian Conductor Arturo Toscanini Died On This Day in 1957 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Italian-born American conductor Arturo Toscanini died on this day in 1957. He is remembered as one of the most acclaimed musicians of all time...

Italian Violin Virtuoso Rodolfo Lipizer Born On This Day in 1895 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian violin virtuoso and conductor Rodolfo Lipizer was born on this day in 1895. Dying in 1974, the Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition, held annually...

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