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

Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski was born on this day in 1913 – 104 years ago. Dying in 1994, Lutoslawski is remembered as one of...

American Composer Samuel Barber Died On This Day in 1981, 36 Years Ago – Aged 70 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American composer Samuel Barber died on this day in 1981, 36 years ago – aged 70. His signature works include 'Adagio for Strings' and his...

French Romantic Composer Ernest Chausson was Born On This Day in 1855 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French romantic composer Ernest Chausson was born on this day in 1855 – 162 years ago. His signature works include a symphony, two symphonic poems,...

SAD NEWS | Decorated Australian Conductor Richard Divall Has Died – Aged 71

Australian conductor, composer and musicologist Richard Divall has died following a long illness - aged 71. A world-leading expert in Maltese sacred music and early Australian...

Norwegian Composer Christian Sinding Was Born On This Day in 1856 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Norwegian composer Christian Sinding was born on this day in 1856 – 161 years ago. Dying in 1941, his signature works include 4 symphonies, an...

German-American Composer Paul Hindemith Died On This Day in 1963 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German-American composer Paul Hindemith died on this day in 1963. A prolific composer, his contributions to the string repertoire include 6 violin sonatas, a violin...

Acclaimed Czech-American Composer Karel Husa Has Passed Away

Internationally acclaimed Czech-born American composer and conductor Karel Husa has died - aged 95. A graduate of the Prague Conservatory and the Paris Conservatoire, Professor Husa...

German Composer Ludwig van Beethoven Was Born On This Day in 1770 – 246 Years Ago [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven was born on this day in 1770 – 246 years ago. Dying in 1827, Beethoven is remembered...

American Composer Elliott Carter Was Born On This Day in 1908 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American composer Elliott Carter was born on this day in 1908 – 108 years ago. A two time Pulitzer Prize winner, Mr Carter's contributions to...

William Walton Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day in 1939 – 77 Years Ago [ON-THIS-DAY]

William Walton Violin Concerto premiered on this day in 1939 – 77 years ago. The first performance was given by Jascha Heifetz with the Cleveland...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Died On This Day in 1791 – Aged Just 35 [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...

American Composer Awarded 2017 $100,000 Grawemeyer Composition Prize

37 year old American composer Andrew Norman has been announced as the 2017 recipient of the prestigious USD $100,000 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition...

New York Philharmonic Awards $200,000 New Music Prize

Dutch composer Louis Andriessen has been announced as the winner of the 2016 New York Philharmonic Marie-Josée Kravis New Music Prize. The 77 year old...

Violinist and Composer Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst Died on this Day in 1865 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Moravian-Jewish violinist and composer Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst died on this day in 1865. He is remembered as one of the greatest violin virtuosi of all...

VC LIVE | Facebook Livestream – Violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky [LIVE]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with the Soviet-born violin virtuoso and conductor, Dmitry Sitkovetsky – for a fun Facebook live Q&A session with his fans.

William Walton’s Viola Concerto Premiered On This Day In 1929 – 87 Years Ago [ON-THIS-DAY]

William Walton's Viola Concerto premiered on this day in 1929 – 87 years ago. The first performance was given by violist Paul Hindemith - with...

VC WEB BLOG | Composer, Robert Sirota – New ‘American Pilgrimage’ String Quartet [BLOG]

NEW YORK, NEW YORK ― The Violin Channel recently caught up with American composer, Robert Sirota. In a VC-exclusive blog, Robert discusses the creation of his string...

Composer Jean-Baptiste Accolay Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Belgian violinist and composer Jean-Baptiste Accolay died on this day in 1900 – aged 77. Accolay's signature work is his student Violin Concerto in...

Violinist George Enescu Born On This Day in 1881 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Romanian violinist, composer and conductor George Enescu was born on this day in 1881. Remembered as one of the most influential violin pedagogues of the 20th...

Violinist & Composer Ole Bull Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Norwegian violinist and composer Ole Bull died on this day in 1880 – aged 70. Bull is remembered as one of the preeminent virtuosi of...

American Composer John Cage Died On This Day in 1992 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American composer, music theorist, writer and artist John Cage died on this day in 1992 – aged 79. A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic...

Cellist & Composer David Popper Died On This Day in 1913 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Bohemian cellist and composer David Popper was died on this day in 1913 – aged 70. A student of Julius Goltermann, his signature works include 4...

American Violinist Robert Mann Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American violinist, composer and conductor Robert Mann’s 96th birthday. A student of Edouard Dethier, Mr Mann was a founding member and first violinist...

George Gershwin Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

American composer and pianist George Gershwin died on this day in 1937 – 75 years ago. Gershwin’s signature works include ‘Rhapsody in Blue’, ‘An American in...

Esteemed Film Conductor and Arranger Harry Rabinowitz has Died

Prolific South African-born TV and film score composer and conductor, Harry Rabinowitz has passed away in France - aged 100. A graduate of London’s Guildhall...

SAD NEWS | Dutch Violinist & Composer Bernard van Beurden Has Died

Dutch violinist, composer and educator Bernard van Beurden has passed away - aged 82. A student of Rudolf Escher at the Amsterdam Conservatory, he composed...

VERY SAD NEWS | American Film Score Composer Terry Plumeri Found Murdered

Prominent American film-score composer and double bassist Don "Terry" Plumeri has been found murdered - in his home in Dunnellon, Florida, USA. "This homicide was...

VC WEB BLOG | Composer, David Ludwig – “My Violin Concerto for Bella Hristova” [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Philadelphia-based composer and Curtis Institute of Music faculty member, David Ludwig. In a VC-exclusive blog, the 41 year...

VERY SAD NEWS | British composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has Died – Aged 81

Celebrated English composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has passed away from leukemia – aged 81. One of England’s foremost composers, he wrote more than 300 works...

SAD NEWS | Romanian Modernist Composer Pascal Bentoiu Has Died

Romanian serialist and diatonic composer, scholar and musicologist Pascal Bentoiu has passed away - aged 88. A student of Mihail Jora, his output included 8...

VERY SAD NEWS | Eminent American Composer Steven Stucky Has Died

It has been announced today that leading American composer, Steven Stucky has passed away from a brain cancer - aged 66. He served as Resident...

4 Cellists Announced for Experimental Carnegie Hall World Premiere

4 cellists have today been announced as the winners of the annual ‘Getting to Carnegie’ competition, granting them each the opportunity to perform on...

VERY SAD NEWS | French Composer and Conductor Pierre Boulez Has Died

Eminent French composer, conductor and pianist Pierre Boulez has died at his home in Baden-Baden, Germany — aged 90. A student of Olivier Messiaen and Rene...

Composer Raises $140,000 to Compose Music Specifically for Cats

It has been announced that American composer David Teie has raised more than US $140,000, via a crowd-sourced KickStarter campaign, to create the world’s first...

Composer Thomas Ades Awarded Prestigious $91,000 Danish Bursary

British composer, conductor and pianist Thomas Ades has today been announced as the recipient of the prestigious 2015 Leonie Sonning Music Foundation Prize. Thomas will...

SAD NEWS | Acclaimed British-Australian Composer Roger Smalley Has Died

British-born Australian composer and pianist Roger Smalley has died – aged 72. A student of Peter Racine Fricker, John White, Alexander Goehr and Karlheinz Stockhausen,...

NEW MUSIC TUESDAY | Michael Jarrell ‘..aussi peu que les nuages..’ – Ji Young Lim [VIDEO]

2015 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition 1st prize winner, Ji Young Lim from South Korea performing Swiss composer Michael Jarrell's 'aussi peu que les...

SAD NEWS | ‘Titanic’ Film Score Composer James Horner has Died – Aged 61

Prolific Hollywood, Grammy-award-winning film score composer James Horner has died in a plane crash. Reports have suggested the 61 year old was piloting a single-turboprop...

Composer Philip Glass Awarded Prestigious $80,000 Glenn Gould Prize

It has been announced today that American composer, Philip Glass has been awarded the USD $80,000 2015 11th Glenn Gould Prize Laureate. Bestowed every second year,...

Composer and Yale School of Music Dean, Ezra Laderman Has Died – Aged 90

Acclaimed Polish-born American composer and former Yale School of Music Dean, Ezra Laderman has passed away – aged 90. Praised for his ability to successfully...

Mason Bates Announced as New Composer-In-Residence for Washington’s Kennedy Center

American composer Mason Bates has been announced as the new Composer-In-Residence for Washington's Kennedy Center. The 38 year old Juilliard and Berkeley School of Music graduate,...

Conductor Pierre Boulez to Receive Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award

It has been announced that French conductor and composer Pierre Boulez is set to be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 57th...

Composer/Violist Brett Dean Announced as BBC Symphony’s ‘Artist in Association’

The BBC Symphony Orchestra has today announced the appointment of Australian composer and violist Brett Dean as their new 'Artist in Association' - for the...

Prolific American Composer Stephen Paulus has Died – Aged 65

American composer Stephen Paulus has passed away from medical complications, following a stroke - aged just 65. During this 40 year output, Mr Paulus composed...