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Austrian Composer Joseph Haydn was Born on This Day in 1732 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian composer Joseph Haydn was born on this day in 1732 - 287 years ago. Often referred to as the 'Father of the Symphony' and...

Violinist & Composer Henryk Wieniawski Died on This Day in 1880 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish violinist and composer Henryk Wieniawski died on this day in 1880 - aged just 44. Remembered as one of the greatest violin virtuosi of...

SAD NEWS | Italian Conductor & Composer Carlo Franci Has Died – Aged 94 [RIP]

Italian conductor and composer Carlo Franci has passed away this week - aged 94. A graduate of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, in Rome, throughout...

SAD NEWS | German Composer & Educator Heinz Winbeck Has Died – Aged 73 [RIP]

German composer, conductor and academic teacher Heinz Winbeck has passed away - aged 73. A graduate of the Richard Strauss Conservatory and the Munich University...

English Composer Sir William Walton was Born On This Day in 1902 [ON-THIS-DAY]

English composer Sir William Walton was born on this day in 1902 – 117 years ago. His signature works include Façade, the cantata Belshazzar's Feast,...

Russian Piano Virtuoso & Composer Sergei Rachmaninoff Died On This Day in 1943 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian composer, piano virtuoso and conductor Sergei Rachmaninoff died on this day in 1943. He is remembered as one of the finest pianist of all...

Polish Composer and Pianist Karol Szymanowski Died On This Day in 1937 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish composer and pianist Karol Szymanowski died on this day in 1937 – aged 66. Remembered as one of the eminent Polish composers of the...

Composer Ludwig van Beethoven Died on this Day in 1827 – Aged 56 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven died on this day in 1827 - aged 56. He is remembered as one of the most famous and...

French Composer Claude Debussy Died On This Day in 1918 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French impressionist composer Claude Debussy died on this day in 1918 – aged 55. He passed away, amidst an aerial and artillery bombardment of Paris...

Hungarian Composer Béla Bartók was Born On This Day in 1881 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian composer and pianist Béla Bartók was born on this day in 1881 – 138 years ago. Remembered as one of the most influential composers...

Hungarian Violinist Franz von Vecsey was Born On This Day in 1893 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian violin virtuoso and composer Franz von Vecsey was born on this day in 1893. A celebrated child protege of Jenő Hubay and Joseph Joachim,...

Baroque Composer Georg Philipp Telemann Was Born On This Day in 1681 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann was born on this day in 1681 - 338 years ago. Almost entirely self-taught, he is remembered as one...

Violin Virtuoso & Composer Jenő Hubay Died On This Day in 1937 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian violin virtuoso, composer and pedagogue Jenő Hubay died on this day in 1937 - aged 78. He is remembered as one of the most...

Composer and Bandoneon Virtuoso Ástor Piazzolla Was Born On This Day in 1921 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Argentine composer and bandoneon virtuoso Ástor Piazzolla was born on this day in 1921. Dying in 1992, aged 70, he is remembered in history for...

Violinist and Composer Antonio Bazzini Was Born On This Day in 1818 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian violinist and composer Antonio Bazzini was born on this day in 1818. Remembered as one of the celebrated violin virtuosi of the 19th Century,...

Violinist & Composer Pablo de Sarasate Was Born On This Day in 1844 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Spanish violin virtuoso and composer Pablo de Sarasate was born on this day in 1844 – 175 years ago. Remembered as one of the most...

American Composer Samuel Barber Was Born On This Day in 1910 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American composer Samuel Barber was born on this day in 1910 – 109 years ago. Dying in 1981, aged 70, Barber is remembered as one...

Conductor Lorin Maazel Was Born On This Day in 1930 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American conductor, violinist and composer Maestro Lorin Maazel was born on this day in 1930 - 89 years ago. A recognized child prodigy, he made...

Russian Composer Sergei Prokofiev Died On This Day in 1953 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian composer, pianist and conductor Sergei Prokofiev died on this day in 1953 – aged 61. His signature works include 5 piano concertos, 9 piano...

SAD NEWS | Dutch Composer Hans Kox Has Died – Aged 88

Dutch composer and music pedagogue Hans Kox has passed away - aged 88. A piano and composition graduate of the Utrecht and Amsterdam Conservatories, Mr...

Composer & Virtuoso Pianist Frederic Chopin was Born On This Day in 1810 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish composer and virtuoso pianist Frederic Chopin was born on this day in 1810 – 209 years ago. Dying at only age 39, Chopin is...

SAD NEWS | Israeli Electro-Acoustic Composer Yizhak Sadai Has Died – Aged 83 [RIP]

Bulgarian-born Israeli electro-acoustic composer and educator Yizhak Sadai has passed away - aged 83. A graduate of the Tel Aviv Conservatory, he went on to...

VERY SAD NEWS  | Luminary Conductor, Pianist & Composer Sir André Previn Has Died – Aged 89 [RIP]

Celebrated German-American conductor, classical, pop and jazz pianist and composer Sir André Previn has passed away at his home in New York City following...

Composer Joan Tower Awarded League of American Orchestra’s ‘Gold Baton’ Prize

The League of American Orchestras has this week announced acclaimed American Grammy Award-winning composer Joan Tower as the recipient of its 2019 Gold Baton...

Russian Romantic Composer Alexander Borodin Died On This Day in 1887 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian Romantic composer, doctor and chemist Alexander Borodin died on this day in 1887 - aged 53. A member of the 19th Century 'Russian Five',...

Composer Franz Waxman Died On This Day in 1967 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Jewish-American composer Franz Waxman died on this day in 1967 from cancer – aged 59. A prolific composer, he left a legacy of over 150...

Composer John Adams Awarded €150,000 Dutch Erasmus Prize

It has been announced this week that American composer and conductor John Adams has been awarded the prestigious 2019 €150,000 Dutch Erasmus Prize -...

English Composer Sir Edward Elgar Died On This Day in 1934 [ON-THIS-DAY]

English composer Sir Edward Elgar died on this day in 1934 – 85 years ago. His signature works include the Enigma Variations, the Pomp...

Violinist & Pedagogue Efrem Zimbalist Died On This Day in 1985 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-born violin virtuoso, pedagogue and composer Efrem Zimbalist died on this day in 1985 – aged 94. A student of Leopold Auer, he is remembered as...

Max Bruch’s ‘Scottish Fantasy’ Premiered On This Day in 1881 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Max Bruch's Scottish Fantasy in E-flat Major Op. 46 premiered on this day in 1881. The first performance was given by Hungarian virtuoso Joseph Joachim - with...

SAD NEWS | Acclaimed American Composer Dominick Argento Has Died

American Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento has passed way - aged 91.   His best known works include operas Postcard from Morocco, Miss Havisham's Fire, The Masque of...

Soviet Composer Dmitry Kabalevsky Died On This Day in 1987 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Soviet composer Dmitry Kabalevsky died on this day in 1987 - aged 82. He is remembered for his contribution to developing young talent – having...

SAD NEWS | Israeli Composer & Youth Orchestra Founder Ami Maayani Has Died

Israeli composer and conductor Ami Maayani has passed away - age 82. A graduate of the Jerusalem Academy of Music, where he studied violin, viola...

German Violinist Willy Hess Died On This Day in 1939 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German violinist Willy Hess died on this day in 1939 – aged 79. A protege of Joseph Joachim, he was a former Concertmaster of the...

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 – 245 years ago. A student of Giovanni Battista Viotti, Rode...

Today is American Composer John Corigliano’s 81st Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer John Corigliano's 81st birthday. A graduate of Columbia University and the Manhattan School of Music, his signature works include...

Alexander Glazunov Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day in 1905 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Alexander Glazunov Violin Concerto in A Minor Op. 82 premiered on this day in 1905 – 114 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 – 136 years ago, aged 69. His signature works...

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 – 122 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 – 207 years ago. Hoffmeister's major contributions to the string repertoire...

Today is American Composer John Williams’ 87th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American composer, conductor and pianist John Williams’ 87th birthday. The recipient of 3 Emmy Awards, 5 Academy Awards and 21 Grammy Awards, he...

Barber Violin Concerto Op. 14 Premiered On This Day in 1941 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Samuel Barber Violin Concerto Op. 14 premiered on this day in 1941 – 78 years ago. The first performance was given by violinist Albert Spalding with...

SAD NEWS | Russian Film Score Composer Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov has Died – Aged 82 [RIP]

Russian composer Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov has passed away - aged 82. A graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, he composed a number of notable symphonies, symphonic poems...

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 - 209 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 – 144 years ago. He is widely regarded as one of the...

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...

Today is American Composer Philip Glass’ 82nd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American composer Philip Glass' 82nd birthday! Described as a composer of 'music with repetitive structures', Mr Glass is widely regarded as one of...

VC INTERVIEW | Composer Peng-Peng Gong – ‘Peking Fantasy’ World Premiere

The Violin Channel recently caught up with 26-year-old Chinese-born composer Peng-Peng Gong, in Philadelphia - on the eve of the world premiere performance of...

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...

SAD NEWS | Experimental Italian Composer Mario Bertoncini Has Died – Aged 86 [RIP]

Experimental Italian composer, pianist and music educator Mario Bertoncini has passed away - aged 86. A student of Goffredo Petrassi, Rodolfo Caporali and Gottfried Michael Koenig, Mr Bertoncini was...