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VC Artist Cellist Kian Soltani Awarded $76,000 Credit Suisse Bursary

25 year old Persian-Austrian cellist, VC Artist Kian Soltani has today been announced as the 2017 recipient of the highly coveted ‘Credit Suisse Young...

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...

VERY SAD NEWS | Austrian Cellist and New Music Advocate Wolfgang Zamastil Has Died – Aged 36

Austrian cellist, composer and producer Wolfgang Zamastil has passed away, following a two year battle with pancreatic cancer - aged just 36. He was a...

VC WEB BLOG | American Cellist & Pedagogue Phyllis Young – In Memoriam (1925-2017) [RIP]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with University of Idaho Cello Professor Miranda Wilson, former doctoral student of American cello pedagogue Phyllis Young – who passed away earlier this...

Butler School of Music Cello Pedagogue Phyllis Young Has Died – Aged 92

American cellist Phyllis Young has passed away - aged 92. A graduate of the University of Texas Butler School of Music, Paris Conservatory and the...

OUT NOW | ‘CelloMind’ – New Pedagogical Method Book for Cellists [LEARN]

  Ovation Press has this week announced the release of cellists Professor Hans Jørgen Jensen and Dr Minna Rose Chung's new cello method book: 'CelloMind'. The two-part pedagogical method...

ASK THE PROS | Cellist Norman Fischer – “Importance of New Music During a Student’s Formative Years” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Susan Jansen from the United States was keen to know: "How important is it for students to study new music...

NEW MUSIC TUESDAY | Jaime Zenamon – Concerto for Cello & Guitar Duo, 2017 [NEW]

Bolivian composer Jaime Zenamon's recently-premiered symphonic concerto, "La Madre Monte, Op. 198" for solo cello and guitar. The 17 minute work was premiered on February 1st,...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | 12 Cellists of the Berlin Phil – 2017 Echo Klassik Awards Ceremony [VIDEO]

The acclaimed 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic performing Piazzolla's tango, 'Calambre'. Recorded live on October 29th, 2017 - at the 2017 Echo Klassik Awards Ceremony in Hamburg. The...

Edward 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...

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...

VERY SAD NEWS | Swiss Classical and Jazz Cellist Daniel Pezzotti Has Died – Aged 55

Swiss classical and jazz cellist Daniel Pezzotti has passed away from a long-term serious illness - aged 55. A graduate of the Zurich Conservatoire, where he...

Johannes 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 – 130 years ago. The...

Today is Chinese-American Cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s 62nd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is French-born Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma's 62nd 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...

Prizes Awarded at Turkey’s Benyamin Sönmez International Cello Competition

28 year old Russian cellist Rustem Khamidullin has been awarded 1st prize at the 2nd 2017 Benyamin Sönmez International Cello Competition - in Fethiye,...

Today Is Dutch Cellist Pieter Wispelwey’s 55th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is internationally renowned Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey’s 55th birthday! A student of Paul Katz and William Pleeth, he is widely regarded as one of...

SAD NEWS | Astor Piazzolla’s Tango Cellist José Bragato Has Passed Away – Aged 101

Italian-born Argentinian cellist, composer and arranger José Bragato has passed away - aged 101. He served as Principal Cellist with the Colón Theatre in Buenos...

Cello Virtuoso Janos Starker Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian-American cello virtuoso Janos Starker was born on this day in 1924 – 93 years ago. Maestro Starker was a former Principal Cellist of the...

MANIC MONDAY | Introducing the Marionette Puppet Cellist … [WOW]

Meet Hungarian-born Irish-based street puppeteer, Ettenoiram …. and his marionette cellist friend … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CtNd56JSkk&showinfo=0&autohide=1 ETTENOIRAM | THE BEATLES | SHE LOVES YOU | CELLO MARIONETTE

Birmingham Conservatoire Announce New Appointment to Cello Teaching Faculty

The Birmingham Conservatoire has today announced the appointment of British cellist Ben Davies to their string department teaching faculty. ‘I am honoured to be invited...

VC MASTERCLASS | Tamas Varga – Brahms’ 2nd Symphony Cello Audition [LEARN]

Vienna Philharmonic’s Principal Cellist Tamas Varga works us through a cello audition masterclass on Brahms' 2nd Symphony. Recorded at New York’s Carnegie Hall – with student Clara Abel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjHIHz86fKU&showinfo=0&autohide=1 TAMÁS...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | “The Swan Prelude” – Bach’s Cello ‘Prelude’ Meets Saint-Saens’ ‘Swan’ [VIDEO]

Eclectic Italian music ensemble Decostruttori Postmodernisti present 'The Swan Prelude' - Bach's 'Prelude' from the 1st Solo Cello Suite combined with Saint-Saens' 'The Swan' .... arranged for...

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

French cello virtuoso Pierre Fournier was born on this day in 1906 – 111 years ago. A student of Paul Bazelaire and Anton Hekking, he is...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | VC Young Artist Zlatomir Fung – ‘Rococo’, 2013, 14 Years Old [VIDEO]

Incredible 2013 archival footage of the then 14 year old VC Young Artist Zlatomir Fung performing Tchaikovsky's 'Variations on a Rococo Theme' - with conductor...

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 – 174 years ago. A student of Julius Goltermann, his signature works...

Prizes Awarded at San Francisco’s Klein International String Competition

18 year old cellist Jeremy Tai from the United States has been awarded 1st prize at the 32nd Annual 2017 Irving M. Klein International String...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Santiago Canon-Valencia – Queen Elisabeth Cello Comp 3rd Prize [VIDEO]

21 year old Santiago Cañón-Valencia from Colombia’s 3rd prize winning performance in the Final of the 2017 Queen Elisabeth International Cello Competition. Recorded live with...

Today is VC Artist Cellist Kian Soltani’s 25th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is VC Artist Persian-Austrian cello virtuoso Kian Soltani's 25th birthday! Praised as one of the most prodigious young concert artists to emerge in recent years,...