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VC ARTIST | Kian Soltani – Janigro, Davidof & Paulo International Cello Comp 1st Prizes

27-year-old Persian-Austrian cello virtuoso Kian Soltani has in recent years firmly established an international reputation as one of the new generation's most prodigious young concert artists...

Today Is American Cellist Lynn Harrell’s 76th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American cellist Lynn Harrell's 76th birthday! A protege of Leonard Rose and Orlando Cole, Mr Harrell is widely respected as one of the...

Today is Cellist, VC Artist Benedict Kloeckner’s 31st Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is German cellist, VC Artist Benedict Kloeckner's 31st birthday. A graduate of the Kronberg Academy, where he studied with Frans Helmerson and Gary Hoffman, Benedict is a former prize...

Spanish Cello Virtuoso Pablo Casals Was Born On This Day in 1876 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Spanish cello virtuoso Pablo Casals was born on this day in 1876. Maestro Casals is remembered as one of the finest cellists of all time...

Today is British Cellist Steven Isserlis’ 61st Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is British cellist Steven Isserlis' 61st birthday. A protege of Daniil Shafran, Steven is widely respected as one of today’s eminent cello virtuosi. An...

Today is Cellist VC Young Artist Brannon Cho’s 25th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is cellist, VC Young Artist Brannon Cho’s 25th birthday! A graduate of Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music and the New England Conservatory, where he...

Tchaikovsky’s ‘Variations On a Rococo Theme’ Premiered On This Day in 1877 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Tchaikovsky's 'Variations on a Rococo Theme' Op. 33 for Cello and Orchestra premiered on this day in 1877. The first performance was given by German virtuoso Wilhelm Fitzenhagen in Moscow...

AUDITION | Dallas Symphony Orchestra – ‘Section Cello’ Position [APPLY]

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra in Dallas, Texas, United States is currently accepting applications for a ‘Section Cello’ position. Applications to be received by December 8th, 2019. For...

Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E Minor Premiered On This Day in 1919 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in E Minor Op. 85 premiered on this day in 1919. The first performance was given by Felix Salmond - with...

SAD NEWS | American Cellist Michael Flaksman Has Died – Age 73 [RIP]

American cellist Michael Flaksman has passed away - aged 73. A student of Paul Tortelier, Leonard Rose, Antonio Janigro and Nadia Boulanger, Mr Flaksman was...

Legendary British Cellist Jacqueline du Pre Died On This Day in 1987 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary British cellist Jacqueline du Pre died on this day in 1987 from Multiple Sclerosis – aged 42. Despite being forced to retire from the...

Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin and Cello Premiered On This Day in 1887 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Johannes Brahms’ Double Concerto in A Minor Op. 102 for violin, cello and orchestra premiered on this day in 1887. The first performance was given...

STOLEN CELLO ALERT | 2012 Charles Coquet Cello, Paris [PLEASE SHARE]

An international stolen cello alert has today been issued for a 2012 Charles Coquet modern cello – stolen from a Paris-Le Mans train between...

Today is Chinese-American Cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s 64th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is French-born Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma's 64th birthday! He is widely regarded as one of the pre-eminent virtuosi string soloists of all time.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN184Ytzmpc&showinfo=0&autohide=1 YO-YO MA...

Cellist Camille Thomas Awarded Loan of 1730 ‘Feuermann’ Stradivarius Cello

It has been announced this week that 31-year-old French-born cellist Camille Thomas has received the use of the 1730 ‘Feuermann’ Stradivarius cello – on generous...

Today Is Dutch Cellist Pieter Wispelwey’s 57th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey’s 57th birthday! A student of Paul Katz and William Pleeth, he is widely regarded as one of today's leading...

VC DESERT ISLAND DOWNLOADS | Cellist Steven Isserlis – ‘5 Recordings I Can’t Live Without’

The Violin Channel recently caught up with British cellist Steven Isserlis – for a fun game of VC Desert Island Downloads. We sat him down...

OUT NOW | Cellist Juliana Soltis’ New CD: ‘Going Off Script: The Ornamented Suites for Cello’ [LISTEN]

King Street Records has today announced the release of Baroque cellist Juliana Soltis' new CD: 'Going Off Script: The Ornamented Suites for Cello'. The 3-disc...

OUT NOW | Cellists Blaise Déjardin & Kee-Hyun Kim’s New CD: ‘Mozart: New Cello Duos’ [LISTEN]

Opus Cello, a newly-formed label dedicated to the development of new quality repertoire for cello ensembles, has this month announced the release of cellists...

OUT NOW | Cellist Ofra Harnoy’s New CD: ‘Back to Bach’ [LISTEN]

Analekta Records has this week announced the release of Israeli-Canadian cellist Ofra Harnoy's new album: 'Back to Bach'. The new disc features a number of...

OUT NOW | Cellist Johannes Moser’s New CD: ‘Felix & Fanny Mendelssohn’ [LISTEN]

Pentatone Records has this month announced the release of German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser's new album: 'Felix & Fanny Mendelssohn'. Recorded with pianist Alasdair Beatson, the...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | Cellist John-Henry Crawford – 17-Years-Old [2010]

The then 17-year-old American cellist John-Henry Crawford performing Prokofiev’s ‘Sinfonia Concertante’ at the 2010 Meadowmount School of Music - with pianist Fumiko Jensen. John-Henry has...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | Cellist István Várdai – ARD Cello Competition 1st Prize [2014]

The then 28-year-old István Várdai from Hungary’s 1st prize winning performance in the Final of the 2014 ARD International Cello Competition. The candidates for the 2019...

VC MASTERCLASS | Cellist Zvi Plesser – Bach Solo Cello Suite No. 2 [LEARN]

Respected cellist and pedagogue Zvi Plesser works us through the Prelude from Bach's Solo Cello Suite No.2 in D Minor. Recorded in 6 camera high-definition...

AUDITION | Mahler Chamber Orchestra – ‘Tutti Cello’ Position [APPLY]

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra based in Vienna, Austria is currently accepting applications for a Tutti Cello position. Applications to be received by August 12th, 2019. For further details,...

OUT NOW | Cellist Pieter Wispelwey’s New CD Set: ‘Schubert & Brahms: The Complete Duos’ [LISTEN]

Evil Penguin Classics has this month announced the release of Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey's new double CD set: Schubert & Brahms: The Complete Duos. Recorded with...

AUDITION | Estonian National Symphony – ‘2nd Principal Cello’ Position [APPLY]

The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra in Tallinn, Estonia is currently accepting applications for the 2nd Principal Cello position. Applications to be received by August 19th, 2019. For further...

VC YOUNG ARTIST | Brannon Cho, 24 – Paulo International Cello Competition 1st Prize

24-year-old American cellist Brannon Cho is quickly building an international reputation as an emerging young concert artist of outstanding potential. A graduate of Northwestern University's Bienen School...

AUDITION | Orchestre Symphonique De Quebec – ‘Section Cello’ Position [APPLY]

The Orchestre Symphonique De Quebec in Quebec City, Canada is currently accepting applications for a Section Cello position. Applications to be received by July 31st, 2019. For further...

Hungarian Cello Virtuoso Janos Starker Was Born On This Day in 1924 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian-American cello virtuoso Janos Starker was born on this day in 1924 – 95 years ago. Maestro Starker served as a former principal cellist of...

French Cellist Pierre Fournier Was Born On This Day in 1906 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French cello virtuoso Pierre Fournier was born on this day in 1906 – 113 years ago. A student of Paul Bazelaire and Anton Hekking, he is...

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...

AUDITION | Orchestre Symphonique De Quebec – ‘Assistant Principal Cello’ Position [APPLY]

The Orchestre Symphonique De Quebec in Quebec City, Canada is currently accepting applications for the Assistant Principal Cello position. Applications to be received by July 31st, 2019. For...

AUDITION | Boston Pops Orchestra – ‘Principal Cello’ Position [APPLY]

The Boston Pops Orchestra in Boston, United States is currently accepting applications for the Principal Cello position. Applications to be received by September 4th, 2019. For further details,...

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 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,...

Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major Premiered On This Day in 1962 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Joseph Haydn's Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major premiered on this day in 1962. The first performance was given by Czech virtuoso Miloš...

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...

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...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Cellist Yo-Yo Ma – Bach Cello Suite, US-Mexico Border [2019]

Superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma performing Bach’s 6th Solo Cello Suite live at the US-Mexico border - in protest to the Trump administration's recent immigration...

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...

AUDITION | London Symphony Orchestra – ‘Principal Cello’ Position [APPLY]

The London Symphony Orchestra in London, is currently accepting applications for the Principal Cello position. Applications to be received by April 5th, 2019. For further details, visit: https://bit.ly/2FApz4o

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...

Prokofiev‘s Cello ‘Sinfonia Concertante’ Premiered on this Day in 1952 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Sergei Prokofiev‘s Sinfonia Concertante in E Minor Op. 125 premiered on this day in 1952. The first performance was given by legendary cello virtuoso Mstislav Rostropovich - with...