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Violinist & Conductor Willi Boskovsky Born On This Day in 1909 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian violinist and conductor Willi Boskovsky was born on this day in 1909. He served as Concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra from 1936 until...

Today is Violinist & Pedagogue Jaime Laredo’s 78th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Bolivian-American violinist, pedagogue and conductor Jaime Laredo's 78th birthday! A student of Josef Gingold and Ivan Galamian, Mr Laredo is a former 1st...

Violinist & Conductor Iona Brown Died On This Day in 2004 [ON-THIS-DAY]

British violinist and conductor Iona Brown passed away on this day in 2004 from cancer – aged just 63. Ms Brown served as Concertmaster and...

Conductor & Composer Serge Koussevitzky Died On This Day in 1951 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-born conductor, composer and double-bassist Serge Koussevitzky died on this day in 1951 - aged 76. Maestro Koussevitsky served as Music Director of the Boston...

Today is Dutch Conductor Edo de Waart’s 78th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Dutch conductor Edo de Waart’s 78th birthday! Recognised as one of the eminent conductors of the 20th and 21st Centuries, Maestro de Waart...

Violin Virtuoso & Composer Eugène Ysaÿe Died On This Day in 1931 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Belgian violin virtuoso, composer and conductor Eugène Ysaÿe died on this day in 1931 – 88 years ago. Legendary pedagogue Carl Flesch once described him...

Violinist & Composer George Enescu Died On This Day in 1955 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Romanian violinist, composer and conductor George Enescu died on this day in 1955 – aged 73. Remembered as one of the most influential violin pedagogues...

Seoul Philharmonic Announces Conductor Osmo Vänskä As New Music Director

The Seoul Philharmonic, in South Korea, has today announced the appointment of Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä as its new Music Director - effective from...

Today is Russian Conductor Valery Gergiev’s 66th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian conductor Valery Gergiev’s 66th birthday! Maestro Gergiev has served principal conducting positions with the Mariinsky Theatre, Munich Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC...

Today is Conductor Zubin Mehta’s 83rd Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is luminary Indian-born conductor Zubin Mehta’s 83rd birthday! Widely respected as one of the eminent conductors of all time, Maestro Mehta previously served as...

California’s Berkeley Symphony Announces New Music Director

The Berkeley Symphony in Berkeley, California, United States, has this week announced 36-year-old American conductor Joseph Young as its new Music Director - effective...

Miami’s New World Symphony Announces New Conducting Fellow

The New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, United States has this week announced the appointment of American conductor and trumpeter Chad Goodman as...

Austrian Violinist Willi Boskovsky Died On This Day in 1991 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian violinist and conductor Willi Boskovsky died on this day in 1991 – aged 81. Maestro Boskovsky served as Concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra...

Conductor Joseph Keilberth Was Born On This Day in 1908 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German conductor Joseph Keilberth was born on this day in 1908 - 111 years ago. Maestro Keilberth served distinguished conducting positions with the Staatsoperette Dresden, Saxon...

Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin Creates New Smoothing Playlist for Pets

The Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin has this week announced the release of his own specially-curated symphonic playlist ... for pets. Inspired by the...

Conductor Herbert von Karajan Was Born On This Day in 1908 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan was born on this day in 1908 – 111 years ago. Dying in 1989, Maestro von Karajan is remembered as...

Russian Piano Virtuoso & Composer Sergei Rachmaninoff was Born On This Day in 1873 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian composer, piano virtuoso and conductor Sergei Rachmaninoff was born on this day in 1873. Dying in 1943, he is remembered as one of the...

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...

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...

Russian Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich was Born On This Day in 1927 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Russian cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich was born on this day in 1927 – 92 years ago. Passing away in 2007, Mr Rostropovich is...

Louisville Symphony Renews Chief Conductor Teddy Abrams For 5 More Seasons

The Louisville Symphony Orchestra in Louisville, United States, has this week announced the contract extension of Chief Conductor Teddy Abrams – through to the conclusion of the...

Legendary Italian Conductor Arturo Toscanini was Born On This Day in 1867 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini was born on this day in 1867 – 152 years ago. Dying in 1957, he is widely regarded as one...

American Violinist Joseph Silverstein Was Born On This Day in 1932 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violinist and conductor Joseph Silverstein was born on this day in 1932. Mr Silverstein was a former prize winner at the Queen Elisabeth and...

Violinist and Conductor Eugene Ormandy Died On This Day in 1985 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian-born violinist and conductor Eugene Ormandy died on this day in 1985 – aged 85. Maestro Ormandy is remembered as one of the finest conductors...

Violinist and Conductor Yehudi Menuhin Died On This Day in 1999 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American-born British violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin died on this day in 1999 – 20 years ago. A protege of Louis Persinger, George Enescu and Adolf Busch,...

Israeli Conductor Yaniv Dinur Awarded $30,000 Georg Solti Conducting Prize

38-year-old Israeli conductor Yaniv Dinur has this week been announced as the recipient of the prestigious 2019 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award. Presented annually to an...

Brandenburg Symphony Extends Conductor Peter Gülke Through to 2020

The Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra in Brandenburg, Germany, has this week announced the contract extension of Chief Conductor Peter Gülke – through to the conclusion of...

SAD NEWS | Acclaimed German Operatic and Symphonic Conductor Michael Gielen Has Died [RIP]

German-born conductor Michael Gielen has passed away in Mondsee, Austria from pneumonia - aged 91. An assistant to luminary conductors Erich Kleiber, Karl Böhm and Wilhelm...

Composer Sir William Walton Died On This Day in 1983 [ON-THIS-DAY]

British composer Sir William Walton died on this day in 1983 – aged 80. His signature works include his Symphony No. 1, Facade – An...

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...

Today is Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s 44th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is French-Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin's 44th birthday! A protege of Maestro Carlo Maria Giulini, he has served principal conducting positions with Montreal's Orchestre Métropolitain,...

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...

Today is Australian Conductor Simone Young’s Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is celebrated Australian conductor Simone Young’s birthday! A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and former assistant to James Conlon and Daniel Barenboim,...

Greek-American Conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos Born On This Day in 1896 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Greek-American conductor, pianist and composer Dimitri Mitropoulos was born on this day in 1896 - 123 years ago. Dying in 1960, he is remembered as...

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...

SAD NEWS | Acclaimed French Conductor Jean Périsson Has Died – Aged 94 [RIP]

Acclaimed French conductor Jean Périsson has passed away - aged 94. Maestro Périsson served as Artistic Director of the Paris Opera from 1965 to 1970...

Today is Pianist and Conductor Christoph Eschenbach’s 76th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is German-born pianist and conductor Christoph Eschenbach’s 76th birthday. A protege of Herbert von Karajan and George Szell, Maestro Eschenbach is widely regarded as...

Today is Italian Conductor Riccardo Chailly’s 66th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly’s 66th birthday. Maestro Chailly is widely regarded as one of today’s foremost conductors. He has held principal conducting positions with...

SAD NEWS | Longtime Munich Chamber Orchestra Conductor Hans Stadlmair Has Died – Aged 89 [RIP]

Austrian conductor and composer Hans Stadlmair has passed away - aged 89. A graduate of the Vienna Academy of Music and the Stuttgart University of...

Australian Conductor Stuart Challender Was Born On This Day in 1947 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Acclaimed Australian conductor Stuart Challender was born on this day in 1947. A graduate of the Victorian Conservatory of Music, he served Principal Conducting positions...

SAD NEWS | Maine Opera Conductor Andrew McMullan Has Died – Aged 95

American conductor and french hornist Andrew J. McMullan Jr has passed away - aged 95. Maestro McMullan performed for 21 years as a member of the...

Israel’s Jerusalem Symphony Announces New Music Director

The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, in Jerusalem, Israel, has today announced the appointment of American conductor Steven Sloane as its new Music Director - effective...

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...

89-Year-Old Conductor Bernard Haitink To Take Well-Earned Sabatical

It has been announced this week that 89-year-old Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink will take a complete sabbatical from all conducting duties during the 2019-2020 season. Maestro Haitink,...

Conductor Erich Leinsdorf Born On This Day in 1912 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian-born American conductor Erich Leinsdorf was born on this day in 1912 – 107 years ago. Dying in 1993, Maestro Leinsdorf served Principal conducting positions...

Today is Venezuelan Conductor Gustavo Dudamel’s 38th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Venezuelan-born conductor Gustavo Dudamel’s 38th birthday! Maestro Dudamel currently serves as the Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar and the Los Angeles...

German Conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler Born On This Day in 1886 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler was born on this day in 1886. Remembered as one of the greatest symphonic and operatic conductors of the 20th Century, he served...

Today is Spanish Tenor & Conductor Plácido Domingo’s 78th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Spanish tenor and conductor Plácido Domingo’s 78th birthday. Maestro Domingo is widely regarded as one of the finest and most versatile musicians of the...

Today is Italian Violin Virtuoso Uto Ughi’s 75th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Italian violin virtuoso and conductor Uto Ughi’s 75th birthday. A student of Georges Enescu and Yehudi Menuhin, he is recognised as one of the finest violinists of the last century –...

Legendary Italian Conductor Arturo Toscanini Died On This Day in 1957 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Italian-born American conductor Arturo Toscanini died on this day in 1957. He is remembered as one of the most acclaimed musicians of all time...