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Semi-Finalists Announced at Russia’s Tchaikovsky International Cello Competition

The 12 Semi-Finalists have today been announced at the 2019 Tchaikovsky International Cello Competition – in St. Petersburg, Russia. The 2019 Cello Semi-Finalists are: VC Young...

Cellist & Composer David Popper Born On This Day in 1843 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Bohemian cellist and composer David Popper was born on this day in 1843 – 176 years ago. A student of Julius Goltermann, his signature works...

Today is German-Canadian Cellist Johannes Moser’s 40th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is German-Canadian cello virtuoso Johannes Moser’s 40th birthday! A student of cellist David Geringas, Johannes is a former 1st prize winner at the Tchaikovsky...

Today is Cellist VC Artist Kian Soltani’s 27th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Persian-Austrian cello virtuoso, VC Artist Kian Soltani's 27th birthday! Praised as one of the most prodigious young concert artists to emerge in recent years,...

Prizes Awarded at California’s Mondavi Young Artists Competition

19-year-old American cellist Sterling Elliott has been awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition - in Davis, California, United States. A...

Today is Norwegian Cellist Truls Mørk’s 58th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Norwegian cello virtuoso Truls Mørk's 58th birthday! A student of Natalia Shakhovskaya, Mr. Mørk is a former prize winner at the Tchaikovsky, Naumburg...

VERY SAD NEWS | Chinese-American Cellist Timothy Landauer Has Died – Aged 56 [RIP]

Chinese-born American cellist Timothy Landauer has passed away following a lengthy battle with cancer - aged 56.   A graduate of the Shanghai Conservatory and the...

ASK THE PROS | Cellist Laurence Lesser – ‘Warming Up Before a Lesson or Performance” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Matthew Boon, from the United States, was keen to know: ‘What is the best way to warm up before a...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | Cellist Yo-Yo Ma – 7 Years Old [1962]

Incredible 1962 archival footage of the then 7-year-old cellist Yo-Yo Ma performing Jean-Baptiste Bréval’s Concertino No. 3 in A Major - accompanied by sister...

Cello Virtuoso Gregor Piatigorsky Born On This Day in 1903 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-born American cello virtuoso Gregor Piatigorskywas born on this day in 1903 – 116 years ago. Dying in 1976, Maestro Piatigorsky served as Principal Cellist...

Today is British Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber’s 68th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber's 68th birthday! A student of Pierre Fournier, he has premiered a number of important works including Cello Concertos...

Today is VC Young Artist Cellist Zlatomir Fung’s 20th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American cellist, VC Young Artist Zlatomir Fung’s 20th birthday. A student of Richard Aaron and Timothy Eddy at The Juilliard School, Zlatomir is a former 1st prize winner at...

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma To Be Awarded Dartmouth College Honorary Doctorate

Dartmouth College, in New Hampshire, United States has today announced that superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma will be awarded a 2019 Honorary Doctorate Degree from...

SAD NEWS | Ukrainian-Born Canadian Cellist Vladimir Orloff Has Died – Aged 90 [RIP]

Ukrainian-born Canadian cellist and educator Vladimir Orloff has passed away - aged 90.   A graduate of the Bucharest Conservatory, Mr Orloff was a former 1st...

OUT NOW | Cellist Christoph Croisé’s New CD: ‘Haydn Vivaldi’ [LISTEN]

Avie Records has this month announced the release of Swiss cellist Christoph Croisé's new album: Haydn Vivaldi. Recorded with violinist Sherniyaz Mussakhan and the Eurasian...

Prizes Awarded at England’s Windsor Festival International String Competition

22 year old cellist, Jonathan Swensen from Denmark has today been awarded 1st prize at the 2019 7th Windsor Festival International String Competition –...

Russian Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich was Born On This Day in 1927 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Russian cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich was born on this day in 1927 – 92 years ago. Passing away in 2007, Mr Rostropovich is...

VC INSTA TAKEOVER | Cellist Yo-Yo Ma – Live from University of Michigan’s University Musical Society

VC recently caught up with superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma for a behind-the-scenes Instagram takeover — direct from the University of Michigan's University Musical Society.     View this...

Cellist Amit Peled ‘Bach Suites : Casals Cello’ CD Winners Announced!

Are the winners are in!   The following 5 lucky VC members will each be receiving a fresh-off-the-press personally-autographed CD copy of Israeli-American cellist Amit Peled‘s...

SAD NEWS | Celebrated American Cellist George Neikrug Has Died – Aged 100 [RIP]

American cellist George Neikrug has passed away - aged 100. A student of Emanuel Feuermann and Demetrius Constantine Dounis, throughout his seven decade career, Mr...

Prizes Awarded at Australia’s Queensland Symphony Young Instrumentalist Competition

12-year-old Australian cellist Ho-Se Kim has this week been awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Queensland Symphony Orchestra Young Instrumentalist Competition – in Brisbane, Australia. A...

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,...

American Cellist David Soyer Was Born On This Day in 1923 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American cellist David Soyer was born on this day in 1923. A student of Emanuel Feuermann and Pablo Casals, Mr Soyer was a founding member...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | VC Young Artist Cellist Zlatomir Fung – 14-Years-Old [2014]

Incredible 2014 archival performance of the then 14-year-old VC Young Artist Zlatomir Fung performing Bach's Solo Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major. This week, the...

VC INSTA TAKEOVER | Cellist Gautier Capuçon – Live from New York’s Lincoln Center [INSIDER]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with superstar French cellist Gautier Capuçon for a behind-the-scenes Instagram takeover – direct from Lincoln Center, in New York City.     View...

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...

MEET THE PROS | VC Young Artist Zlatomir Fung – VC 20 Questions [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with 19-year-old American cello virtuoso, VC Young Artist Zlatomir Fung - in New York City. We sat the Enescu, Schoenfeld...

BREAKING | Prizes Awarded at Detroit’s 2019 Sphinx Competition

19-year-old cellist Sterling Elliott from the United States has just minutes ago been awarded 1st prize in the Senior Division of the 2019 22nd Annual Sphinx Competition –...

BREAKING | Prizes Awarded at Detroit’s 2019 Junior Sphinx Competition

17-year-old American cellist Nygel Witherspoon has just minutes ago been awarded 1st prize in the Junior Division of the 2019 22nd Annual Sphinx Competition – in...

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...

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...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Cellist James Baik – Walgreens National Concerto Competition Grand Prize [2018]

17-year-old American cellist James Baik's Grand Prize winning performance in the Final of the 2018 Annual Walgreens National Concerto Competition. Recorded live on the 29th December, 2018 - at Bennett-Gordon...

Cello Prizes Awarded at Germany’s Mendelssohn Bartholdy University Competition

22-year-old German cellist Sebastian Fritsch has been awarded 1st prize in the cello division of the 2019 Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy University Music Competition -...

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...

SAD NEWS | Israeli-Born Cellist Uzi Weisel Has Died – Aged 92 [RIP]

Israeli-born cellist and pedagogue Uzi Weisel has passed away - aged 92. A graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Felix Salmond and...

Legendary Soviet Cellist Daniil Shafran Born On This Day in 1923 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Soviet cellist Daniil Shafran was born on this day in 1923 – 96 years ago. Dying in 1997, Maestro Shafran is remembered as one of the...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | Cellist Mischa Maisky – Bach Solo Cello Suite No. 2 [1991]

Incredible 1991 archival performance of Soviet-born Israeli cello virtuoso Mischa Maisky performing Bach’s Solo Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor. Maestro Maisky this week...

Prizes Awarded at Poland’s Krzysztof Penderecki International Cello Competition

20-year-old Hayoung Choi from South Korea has been awarded 1st prize at the 2018 Krzysztof Penderecki International Cello Competition - in Kraków, Poland. A graduate of the Purcell...

Today is Soviet-Born Israeli Cellist Mischa Maisky’s 71st Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Soviet-born Israeli cellist Mischa Maisky’s 71st birthday. A student of Mstislav Rostropovich and Gregor Piatigorsky, he is widely regarded as one of the...

Famed French Cellist Pierre Fournier Died On This Day in 1986 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Famed French cellist Pierre Fournier died on this day in 1986 – aged 79. A student of Paul Bazelaire and Anton Hekking, he is remembered...

1st Prize Awarded at New York’s 2019 ‘Getting to Carnegie’ Competition

21-year-old Australian cellist Rachel Siu has this week been awarded 1st prize at the 2019 5th ‘Getting to Carnegie’ Competition - at Carnegie Hall, in New...

Today is Cellist, VC Artist Benedict Kloeckner’s 30th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is German cellist, VC Artist Benedict Kloeckner's 30th birthday. A graduate of the Kronberg Academy, where he studied with Frans Helmerson and Gary Hoffman, Benedict is a former prize...

Today is British Cellist Steven Isserlis’ 60th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is British cellist Steven Isserlis' 60th birthday. A protege of Daniil Shafran, Steven is widely respected as one of today’s eminent cello virtuosi. An...

21-Year-Old Cellist Oliver Herbert to Join Opus 3 Management Roster

It has been announced that 21-year-old American cellist Oliver Herbert will join the roster of Opus 3 Artists New York - for global general management. A...

Today is Cellist VC Young Artist Brannon Cho’s 24th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is cellist, VC Young Artist Brannon Cho’s 24th birthday! A graduate of Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, where he studied with Hans Jørgen Jensen, and current Artist Diploma...

Today is American Cellist David Finckel’s 67th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American cellist David Finckel’s 67th birthday. He served as a long-time member of the famed Emerson String Quartet from 1979 to 2013 - and currently...

Cellist Clara Kim Appointed to Juilliard School Cello Teaching Faculty

The Juilliard School, in New York, has announced the appointment of South-Korean-born cellist Clara Kim to its cello teaching faculty. A graduate of The Juilliard...

VC WEB BLOG | VC Young Artist Santiago Cañón Valencia – ‘Gisborne Comp: Amazing Overall Experience’ [BLOG]

With the 2018 Gisborne International Music Competition drawing to a dramatic climax this weekend, VC recently caught up with a number of former 1st prize winners,...

London’s Royal Opera House Announces New Joint-Principal Cellist

The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden has this week announced the appointment of British cellist Tim Hugh as its new Joint-Principal Cellist - effective...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Cellist Yo-Yo Ma – World War One Armistice Ceremony, Paris [2018]

American cellist Yo-Yo Ma performing Bach's Sarabande from the 5th Solo Suite in C Minor - at the centenary ceremony of the World War One...