Monday, February 18, 2019

THROWBACK THURSDAY | VC Artist Josef Spacek – Michael Hill Comp 1st Prize [2009]

The then 22-year-old VC Artist Josef Spacek's 1st prize winning performance in the Final of the 2009 Michael Hill International Violin Competition. The 16 candidates...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Ivry Gitlis – Brahms Violin Sonata No. 3, 1985 [VIDEO]

Incredible archival footage of violin virtuoso, Ivry Gitlis and pianist Pierre Barbizet performing the third movement from Brahms' Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor. Recorded live on February 18,...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | The Fully-Playable Paper & Cardboard Organ [WOW]

Introducing the fully-playable organ ... constructed entirely from paper, cardboard and a transparent sheet of plastic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cD1NPvRNLQ&showinfo=0&autohide=1 PAPER & CARDBOARD ORGAN | BY PAPER ENGINEER ALIAKSEI...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | Steven Isserlis – Dvorak Cello Concerto, 1991 [VIDEO]

Incredible 1991 archival footage of British cellist Steven Isserlis performing Dvorak's Cello Concerto - with the late David Shallon and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. Steven was...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Young Artist Bomsori Kim – Brahms Violin Concerto, May 2017 [VIDEO]

VC Young Artist Bomsori Kim performing Brahms' Violin Concerto - with conductor Yoel Levi and the KBS Symphony Orchestra. Recorded live this week on April 8th,...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Dinicu’s ‘Hora Staccato’ for Orchestra and … Solo Pan Flute! [WTF]

Amazing 1995 archival footage of 13 year old, Stefan Stanciu performing Dinicu’s virtuosic 'Hora Staccato' with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra … on solo pan flute! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaDkUPrdpt4&showinfo=0&autohide=1 DINICU |...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Ivry Gitlis – Paganini 1st Concerto, Live – 1972 [AUDIO]

Rare archived recording of the then 48 year old Israeli virtuoso, Ivry Gitlis performing Paganini's 1st Violin Concerto in D Major – with conductor...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | VC Artist Ray Chen – Queen Elisabeth Competition 1st Prize [2009]

2009 archival footage of the then 20 year old Australian VC Artist Ray Chen's 1st prize winning performance in the Final of the 2009 Queen...

VC BUZZ | Kanneh-Mason Family Orchestra – ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ [MUST SEE]

Meet the Kanneh-Mason Family Orchestra – finalists in this year's television talent quest 'Britain's Got Talent.' “I can see this act going all over the...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | VC Rising Star Daniel Lozakovich – 2011 Grumiaux Comp, Aged 9 [VIDEO]

Archival footage of the then 9 year old VC Rising Star Daniel Lozakovich's 1st prize winning performance in the Final of the 2011 Grumiaux...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Ray Chen – Paganini Caprice No. 21, Live November 2013

Australian virtuoso VC 'Young Artist' Ray Chen performing Paganini's 21st Solo Caprice as an encore performance with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Recorded live at The Lowy Concert...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | VC Young Artist Sheku Kanneh-Mason – BBC ‘Young Musician of the Year’ [2016]

Impressive 1st prize winning performance of the then 17-year-old British VC Young Artist Sheku Kanneh-Mason performing Shostakovich's 1st Cello Concerto - in the Final...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Glenn Dicterow – Bruch Concerto, Live, New York Phil, 2014 [AUDIO]

Former New York Philharmonic Concertmaster, Glenn Dicterow performing the 3rd movement from Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor. Recorded live in concert at...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Mairead Hickey – 2016 Spohr Violin Comp 3rd Prize [VIDEO]

20 year old Mairead Hickey's 3rd prize-winning performance in the 18 to 20 year old category of the 2016 International Louis Spohr Competition for Young...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | VC ‘Artist’ Ray Chen – 2008 Menuhin Competition, 1st Prize [VIDEO]

Amazing archival footage of the then 19 year old VC ‘Artist’ Ray Chen performing the 1st movement of Brahms’ G Major Violin Sonata -...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | Anne Akiko Meyers – Beethoven Concerto, 1998 [VIDEO]

1998 archival footage of American violinist, Anne Akiko Meyers performing Beethoven Violin Concerto in D Major. Recorded live at the Beethoven Festival, in Krakow, Poland -...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Olivier Charlier – Beethoven Violin Concerto, 1997 [VIDEO]

Never-before-uploaded 1997 performance of French violinist Olivier Charlier performing Beethoven's Violin Concerto - with conductor Amaury du Closel and the Atelier Lyrique et Symphonique du...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | YouTuber, Andrew Huang – ‘Air on an Actual G String’ [WTF]

Um …. Youtube sensation Andrew Huang takes on Johann Sebastian Bach’s ‘Air on the G String’ …. played entirely on ladies' underwear. Ok. We have...

VC BUZZ | Debussy Sonata – Page-Turning Catastrophe [ROFL]

A recital in Poland by violinist Patrycja Piekutowska and pianist Maria Szwajger-Kulakowska last month went slight awry … PATRYCIA PIEKUTOWSKA & MARIA SZWAIGER-KULAKOWSKA | DEBUSSY...

VC BUZZ | ‘Mad Fingers Pizzicato’ via GoPro Cam [VIDEO]

Russian violinist Dmitry Rotkin performing his original composition, the spirited, fast fingered 'Mad Fingers Pizzicato' - as captured on Go Pro camera. DMITRY ROTKIN | MAD FINGERS...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | Kyung-Wha Chung – Bruch Violin Concerto, 1974 [VIDEO]

The then 26 year old South Korean violin virtuoso, Kyung-Wha Chung performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor. Recorded live in 1974 -...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Violinist, Sayaka Shoji – Schubert ‘Rondo in A Major’ [VIDEO]

Japanese violin virtuoso Sayaka Shoji performing Schubert's 'Rondo for Violin and Strings in A Major'. Recorded live at the La Folle Journee festival in Paris,...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Beethoven Violin Concerto – 1997 [VIDEO]

1997 archival video footage of the then 42 year old Soviet Russian-born violin virtuoso Dmitri Sitkovetsky performing the 3rd movement from Beethoven's Violin Concerto...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Young Artist Simone Porter – ‘Theme from ‘Schindler’s List’, 2016 [VIDEO]

20 year old violinist, VC Young Artist Simone Porter performing American film composer John Williams' 'Theme from Schindler's List' - live from 2016 American...

NEW MUSIC TUESDAY | Kenji Sakai – ‘Violin Concerto On the G String’ [AUDIO]

VC 'Young Artist' Tatsuki Narita performing Japanese composer, Kenji Sakai’s ‘Violin Concerto On the G String’ for Solo Violin and Orchestra. The 19 minute concerto was composed...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC ‘Young Artist’ William Hagen – Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 [VIDEO]

22 year old VC 'Young Artist' William Hagen performing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major. Recorded live in the Semi-Final of the 2015...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Artist Ray Chen – Rovira ‘A Evaristo Carriego’ Tango [NEW ARRANGEMENT]

VC Artist Ray Chen and pianist Julio Elizalde premiering their new original violin and piano arrangement of Eduardo Rovira's classic 'A Evaristo Carriego' tango. Featuring...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | Veriko Tchumburidze – Waxman ‘Carmen Fantasy’, 2012 [VIDEO]

2012 archival footage of the then 16 year old Veriko Tchumburidze performing Franz Waxman's 'Carmen Fantasy' - with pianist Rohan De Silva. Recorded live at the...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Rising Star Yesong Sophie Lee – Wieniawski ‘Variations’, 10 Years Old [VIDEO]

Incredible 2014 footage of the then 10 year old prodigious VC Rising Star Yesong Sophie Lee performing Wieniawski's 'Variations on an Original Theme'. Sophie was...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | The Melodica Men … Dvorak’s ‘New World Symphony’ [WHOA]

YouTube sensations Joe Buono and Tristan Clarke from The Melodica Men present Dvorak's 'New World Symphony' ... arranged for two mouth-blown melodicas ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQyqKN9G0Fk JOE BUONO & TRISTAN CLARKE |...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC ‘Artist’ Augustin Hadelich – Tchaikovsky ‘Valse-Scherzo’ [VIDEO]

VC ‘Artist’ Augustin Hadelich performing Tchaikovsky’s ‘Valse-Scherzo’ - unconducted with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Recorded live at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts on...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC ‘Rising Star’ Daniel Lozakovitj – Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 [VIDEO]

13 year old VC 'Rising Star' Daniel Lozakovitj, from Sweden performing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major – with conductor Vladimir Spivakov and the Moscow...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC ‘Artist’ Paul Huang – Sarasate ‘Romanza Andaluza’ [VIDEO]

25 year old VC ‘Artist’ Paul Huang from Taiwan performing Sarasate’s ‘Romanza Andaluza’ Op. 22 for Violin & Piano. Recorded live in September 2015 with...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Violinist, Lara St. John – Nicki Minaj ‘Anaconda’ [VIDEO]

Canadian violin virtuoso Lara St. John and some talented friends take on Nicki Minaj's smash hit 'Anaconda'. LARA ST. JOHN & FRIENDS | NICKI MINAJ | ANACONDA...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Victor Pikayzen – Bach Solo Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, 1971 [AUDIO]

Never-before-uploaded 1971 archival audio recording of legendary Russian virtuoso Victor Pikayzen performing Bach’s Solo Sonata No. 1 in G Minor. Maestro Pikayzen this week celebrated...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Young Artist Sirena Huang – 2017 Elmar Oliveira Comp 1st Prize [VIDEO]

22 year old American violinist VC Young Artist Sirena Huang's 1st prize winning performance – in the Final of the 2017 inaugural Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition, in Boca...

MANIC MONDAY | Sawing a Violin in Half Performance Art Piece … [WHAT]

Violinist Emily Ondracek-Peterson performing George Maciunas' 1962 Fluxus performance art piece ... Solo for Violin ... including the sawing and total mutilation of the instrument and bow. Recorded live...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Vadim Repin – Tchaikovsky ‘Meditation da Souvenir’, Oct 2016 [VIDEO]

Russian violinist Vadim Repin and pianist Andrei Korobeinikov performing Tchaikovsky’s ‘Mediation da Souvenir d’un lire cher’. Recorded live in October 1st, 2016 - at the...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | VC Young Artist Stephen Waarts – Menuhin Competion 1st Prize [2014]

Archival footage of the then 17-year-old VC Young Artist Stephen Waarts' 1st prize winning performance - in the Senior Final of the 2014 Menuhin Competition,...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | Liya Petrova – Carl Nielsen International Violin Concerto, Joint-1st Prize [2016]

Archival video of Bulgarian violinist Liya Petrova's joint-1st prize winning performance in the Final of the 2016 Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition, in Odense, Denmark. Applications...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Steven Isserlis – Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1, Live 2015 [VIDEO]

British cello virtuoso Steven Isserlis performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major. Recorded live with leader Anthony Marwood and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | Kirill Troussov – Mozart Concerto, 1989, 7 Years Old [VIDEO]

Amazing 1989 archival footage of the then 7 year old violinist Kirill Troussov performing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major - with conductor...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Leonid Kogan, Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 – 1961 [AUDIO]

1961 studio audio recording of violin virtuoso Leonid Kogan performing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major. Recorded with conductor Otto Ackermann and the...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Arabella Steinbacher – Brahms Violin Concerto [2015]

Never-before-uploaded performance of German-Japanese violinist Arabella Steinbacher performing the Brahms Violin Concerto - with conductor Sir Roger Norrington and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. Recorded live in...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | The Melodica Men … ‘Olympic Fanfare & Theme’ [GO FOR GOLD]

YouTube sensations Joe Buono and Tristan Clarke from The Melodica Men present John Williams' 'Olympic Fanfare and Theme' ... arranged for two mouth-blown melodicas ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwChbcL9UTc JOE BUONO & TRISTAN...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Joyous Quintet – Haydn Cello Concerto in C Major [VIDEO]

The always fabulous Joyous Quintet performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major. Featuring 9 year olds Justin and Mickayla and 10 year olds Tyler and...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC ‘Young Artist’ Yoo Jin Jang – Shostakovich Violin Concerto, March 2015 [VIDEO]

South Korean virtuoso, VC 'Young Artist' Yoo Jin Jang performing Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor. Recorded live on March 11, 2015 -...

NEW MUSIC TUESDAY | American Composer Tom Vignieri – #Note4Note For Violin & Piano, 2017 [NEW]

American composer Tom Vignieri’s newly commissioned 2 1/2 minute piece ‘#Note4Note’ for violin and piano. Premiered by From the Top alumni, 22 year old VC...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | Vadim Repin – 1989 Queen Elisabeth Competition 1st Prize [VIDEO]

Incredible archival footage of Russian virtuoso Vadim Repin's legendary 1st Prize winning performance in the Final of the 1989 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition. At just...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | Sergei Dogadin – 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition, Top Prize [VIDEO]

The then 22 year old, 2015 Hannover International Violin Competition Grand Prize Winner, Sergei Dogadin performing Paganini’s 21st Solo Caprice - in the opening...

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