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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...

Australian Composer Elena Kats-Chernin Awarded ‘Order of Australia’ Honour

It has been announced this week that Uzbekistani-born Australian pianist and composer Elena Kats-Chernin has been awarded an Order of Australia honour - in recognition of...

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

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on this day in 1756 – 263 years ago. Mozart is remembered in history as one of the most prolific and...

Polish Composer Witold Lutoslawski Born On This Day in 1913 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski was born on this day in 1913 – 106 years ago. Dying in 1994, Lutoslawski is remembered as one of the most influential...

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

American composer Samuel Barber died on this day in 1981, 38 years ago – aged 70. His signature works include Adagio for Strings and his Violin Concerto Op....

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

SAD NEWS | British Composer & Educator John Joubert Has Died – Aged 91

South African-born British composer John Joubert has passed away - aged 91. A graduate of the South African College of Music,  Royal Academy of Music and...

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 - 120 years ago. Dying in 1963, Poulenc's major contributions to the...

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

German composer Max Bruch was born on this day in 1838 – 181 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 – 145 years ago. Dying in 1935, Suk composed a large...

SAD NEWS | Avant-Garde Composer and Educator Larry Austin Has Died – Aged 88

American avant-garde electronic composer Larry Austin has passed away - aged 88. A graduate of the University of North Texas College of Music, Mills College...

SAD NEWS | Celebrated Catalan Composer Joan Guinjoan Has Died – Aged 87

Catalan composer and pianist Joan Guinjoan has passed away - aged 87. A graduate of Barcelona’s Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu and Paris’ École...

SAD NEWS | French Composer and Musician Alain Kremsk Has Died – Aged 78

French contemporary music composer, pianist and percussions Alain Kremski has died from a stroke, in Paris - aged 78. A student of Darius Milhaud at the French...

SAD NEWS | Frost School of Music Composition Professor Dennis Kam Has Died – Aged 76

Hawaiian-born composer and educator Professor Dennis Kam has passed away - aged 76. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Salzburg Mozarteum, the University...

SAD NEWS | Greek Composer & Conductor Theódoros Andoníou Has Died – Aged 83

Greek-born composer and conductor Theódoros Andoníou has passed away in Athens - aged 83. Professor Andonious served long term teaching positions on faculty at Stanford University,...

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

Jewish-American Composer Franz Waxman was born on this day in 1906 - 112 years ago. Dying in 1967, Waxman is remembered predominantly for his film...

SAD NEWS | Acclaimed Broadway Composer Galt MacDermot Has Died – Aged 89

Canadian-American musical theatre composer and pianist Galt MacDermot has passed away - aged 89. He will be remembered in history as the score composer of...

Hungarian Composer Kodály Born On This Day in 1882 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian composer, pedagogue and philosopher Zoltán Kodály was born on this day in 1882 - 136 years ago. Dying in 1967, he is best known...

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 – 97 years ago, aged 86. Saint-Saens' signature works include The Carnival of the Animals,...

Finnish Composer Jean Sibelius Born On This Day in 1865 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Finnish composer Jean Sibelius was born on this day in 1865 – 153 years ago. Sibelius' signature works include 7 symphonies, Finlandia, the Karelia Suite,...

German Composer Karl Amadeus Hartmann Died On This Day in 1963 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer Karl Amadeus Hartmann died on this day in 1963 - aged 58. Despite being largely overlooked in many English-speaking countries, he is often...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Died On This Day in 1791 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died on this day in 1791 – aged just 35. Mozart’s exact cause of death is not known, however reports indicate he had...

Czech Violinist & Composer Jan Kubelik Died On This Day in 1940 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Czech violinist and composer Jan Kubelik died on this day in 1940 – aged 60. A student of Otakar Sevcik, he is remembered as one of the pre-eminent...

Norwegian Composer Christian Sinding Died On This Day in 1941 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Norwegian composer Christian Sinding died on this day in 1941. His signature works include 4 symphonies, an opera, Frühlingsrauschen for piano, 3 violin concertos - and his much-popular...

Austro-Hungarian Composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold Died On This Day in 1957 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austro-Hungarian composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold died on this day in 1957 – aged 62. Remembered as one of the founders of film music, he was...

French Violinist & Composer Pierre Rode Died On This Day in 1830 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French violinist and composer Pierre Rode died on this day in 1830 – 188 years ago. A student of Giovanni Battista Viotti, Rode is remembered as one of...

Soviet Composer Alfred Schnittke Born On This Day in 1934 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Soviet composer Alfred Schnittke was born on this day in 1934. A prolific composer, his output included 9 symphonies, 6 concerti grossi, 3 operas, 3 ballets,...

Austrian Composer Franz Schubert Died On This Day in 1828 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian composer Franz Schubert died on this day in 1828 – 190 years ago. Despite dying aged just 31, he was tremendously prolific - outputting 9...

Italian Composer Gioachino Antonio Rossini Died On This Day in 1868 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian composer Gioachino Antonio Rossini died on this day in 1868 – aged 76. One of the most popular opera composers in history, his signature...

Russian Romantic Composer Alexander Borodin Born On This Day in 1833 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian Romantic composer, doctor and chemist Alexander Borodin was born on this day in 1833. A member of 'The Five', his signature works include 3...

Samuel Barber’s ‘Adagio For Strings’ Premiered On This Day in 1938 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings premiered on this day in 1938. The first performance was conducted by Arturo Toscanini with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. The highly-emotive masterwork...

American Composer Elliott Carter Died On This Day in 2012 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American composer Elliott Carter died on this day in 2012 – aged 103. A two time Pulitzer Prize winner, Mr Carter's contributions to the string repertoire...

Composer Felix Mendelssohn Died On This Day in 1847 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer Felix Mendelssohn died on this day in 1847. Mendelssohn's signature works include his overture and incidental music from A Midsummer Night's Dream, his Italian and...

French Composer Gabriel Fauré Died On This Day in 1924 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French composer Gabriel Fauré died on this day in 1924 – aged 79. He is remembered as one of the most prominent French composers of...

Conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos Died On This Day in 1960 – Aged 64 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Greek-American conductor, pianist and composer Dimitri Mitropoulos died on this day in 1960 – aged 64. He is remembered as one of the most celebrated conductors...

Austrian Composer Johann Strauss II Born On This Day in 1825 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian composer Johann Strauss II was born on this day in 1825. The son of Johann Strauss Sr, Strauss Jr composed over 500 waltzes, polkas,...

American Composer Charles Ives Born On This Day in 1874 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American composer Charles Ives was born on this day in 1874 – 144 years ago. Dying in 1954, Mr Ives is remembered as America's first...

Korean Composer Unsuk Chin Awarded New York Phil $200,000 New Music Prize

It has been announced this week that 57-year-old Korean composer Unsuk Chin has been awarded the 2018 New York Philharmonic Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New...

American Composer & Conductor Leonard Bernstein Died On This Day in 1990 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein died on this day in 1990 – aged 72. He is remembered as one of the most prodigiously talented...