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French Violinist and Composer Pierre Rode was Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

French violinist and composer Pierre Rode was born on this day in 1774 – 244 years ago. A student of Giovanni Battista Viotti, Rode...

Today is Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer John Corigliano’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Pulitzer-prize winning American composer John Corigliano's 79th birthday. A graduate of Columbia University and the Manhattan School of Music, his signature works include...

Alexander Glazunov Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Alexander Glazunov Violin Concerto in A Minor Op. 82 premiered on this day in 1905 – 113 years ago. The first performance was given by...

Composer Richard Wagner Died On This Day in 1883 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary German composer, conductor, theatre director and polemicist, Richard Wagner died on this day in 1883 – 135 years ago, aged 69. His signature works...

Composer Avner Dorman Awarded $50,000 Jewish Azrieli Composition Prize

It has been announced this week that Israeli-born composer Avner Dorman has been awarded the 2018 'Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music'  - for his composition 'Nigunim' for solo...

VERY SAD NEWS | Golden Globe-Winning Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson Found Dead – Aged 48

Golden Globe-winning Icelandic classical, ambient and experimental music composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has died - aged 48. Jóhann was nominated for an Academy Award for ‘Best...

Violinist & Composer Antonio Bazzini Died On This Day in 1897 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian violinist and composer Antonio Bazzini died on this day in 1897 – 121 years ago. Bazzini is remembered as one of the finest concert...

Composer and Music Publisher Franz Anton Hoffmeister Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer and music publisher Franz Anton Hoffmeister died on this day in 1812 – 205 years ago. Hoffmeister's major contributions to the string repertoire...

Today is American Composer John Williams’ 86th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American composer, conductor and pianist John Williams’ 86th birthday. The recipient of 3 Emmy Awards, 5 Academy Awards and 21 Grammy Awards, he...

Barber Violin Concerto Op. 14 Premiered On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Samuel Barber Violin Concerto Op. 14 premiered on this day in 1941 – 77 years ago. The first performance was given by Albert Spalding with...

Violinist & Composer Ole Bull Born On This Day in 1810 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Norwegian violinist and composer Ole Bull was born on this day in 1810 - 208 years ago. Bull is remembered as one of the preeminent virtuosi of...

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 – 143 years ago. He is widely regarded as one of the...

Composer Hans Abrahamsen Awarded Prestigious €100,000 Danish Music Bursary

65 year old Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen has today been announced as the recipient of the prestigious 2019 Léonie Sonning Music Foundation Prize. Regarded as Denmark’s...

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...

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...

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

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on this day in 1756 – 262 years ago. Mozart is remembered in history as one of the most prolific and...

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

American composer Samuel Barber died on this day in 1981, 37 years ago – aged 70. His signature works include ‘Adagio for Strings’ and his Violin Concerto...

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 – 163 years ago. His signature works include a symphony, two symphonic poems,...

VERY SAD NEWS | Emerging Irish Composer Daniel Barkley Has Passed Away – Aged 28

Irish composer and pianist Daniel Barkley has passed away, following a lengthy battle with depression - aged just 28. A prolific young composer, he was working...

Revolutionary French Violin Pedagogue Lucien Capet Born On This Day in 1873 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Revolutionary French violin pedagogue and composer Lucien Capet was born on this day in 1873. He served a long-term teaching position at the Société Sainte-Cécile de Bordeaux – during...

French Composer & Pianist Francis Poulenc Born On This Day in 1899 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French composer and pianist Francis Poulenc was born on this day in 1899 - 119 years ago. Dying in 1963, Poulenc's major contributions to the...

German Violinist & Composer Rodolphe Kreutzer Died On This Day in 1831 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German violinist and composer Rodolphe Kreutzer died on this day in 1831 - aged 65. A student of Anton Stamitz, Kreutzer is remembered as one...

Composer Max Bruch Born On This Day in 1838 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer Max Bruch was born on this day in 1838 – 180 years ago. Dying in 1920, Bruch composed over 200 works - including 3 symphonies, 3 violin concerti, 'Scottish...

Composer & Violinist Josef Suk Sr Born On This Day in 1874 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Czech composer and violinist Josef Suk Sr was born on this day in 1874 – 144 years ago. Dying in 1935, Suk composed a large...

SAD NEWS | Celebrated Australian Composer Dr Colin Brumby Has Died – Aged 84

Australian composer and conductor Dr Colin Brumby has passed away - aged 84. A student of composers Philipp Jarnach, Alexander Goehr and Franco Evangelisti, he served a long...

Hungarian Composer and Violinist Karl Goldmark Died On This Day in 1915 – Aged 84 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian composer and violinist Karl Goldmark died on this day in 1915 - aged 84. Largely self-taught as a composer, his signature works include the...

Soviet Composer Dmitry Kabalevsky Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Soviet composer Dmitry Kabalevsky was born on this day in 1904 – 113 years ago. Dying in 1987, he is remembered for his contribution to...

French Composer Maurice Ravel Died On This Day in 1937 – Aged 62 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French composer Maurice Ravel died on this day in 1937 - aged 62. Along with Claude Debussy, he is remembered as one of the most...

Composer Franz Waxman Born On This Day in 1906 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Jewish-American Composer Franz Waxman was born on this day in 1906 - 111 years ago. Dying in 1967, Waxman is remembered predominantly for his film...

Italian Composer & Double Bassist Giovanni Bottesini Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian romantic composer, conductor and double bass virtuoso Giovanni Bottesini was born on this day in 1821 - 196 years ago. Dying in 1889, he was widely...

French Composer Camille Saint-Saëns Died On This Day in 1921 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French composer Camille Saint-Saëns died on this day in 1921 – 96 years ago, aged 86. Saint-Saens' signature works include 'The Carnival of the Animals',...

Hungarian Composer Kodály Born On This Day in 1822 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian composer, pedagogue and philosopher Zoltán Kodály was born on this day in 1882 - 135 years ago. Dying in 1967, he is best known...