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German Conductor Kurt Sanderling Was Born On This Day in 1912 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German conductor Kurt Sanderling was born on this day in 1912. Dying in 2011, Maestro Sanderling served principal conducting positions with the Moscow Radio...

Today is Russian Conductor & Violinist Vladimir Spivakov’s 75th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian conductor and violinist Vladimir Spivakov’s 75th birthday. A student of Yuri Yankelevich, Maestro Spivakov is a former prize winner at the Paganini, Montreal...

Austrian-Born American Conductor Erich Leinsdorf Died On This Day in 1993 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian-born American conductor Erich Leinsdorf died on this day in 1993 – aged 81. Maestro Leinsdorf served distinguished conducting positions with The Metropolitan Opera, The Cleveland Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, New York...

Hungarian-British Conductor Sir Georg Solti Died On This Day in 1997 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian-British conductor Sir Georg Solti died on this day in 1997 – aged 84. Widely respected as one of the finest conductors of all time,...

Hungarian Violinist & Conductor Tibor Varga Died On This Day in 2003 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian violinist and conductor Tibor Varga died on this day in 2003 – aged 82. A student of Carl Flesch and Jeno Hubay, Maestro Varga is remembered as one of...

Czech Conductor & Violinist Václav Neumann Died On This Day in 1995 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Czech conductor and violinist Václav Neumann died on this day in 1995. He held principal conducting positions with the Komische Oper Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester and...

Today is Japanese Conductor Seiji Ozawa’s 84th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa’s 84th birthday! One of the greatest conductors of the past Century, Maestro Ozawa has served principal conducting positions with...

Today is Israeli-American Violin Virtuoso Itzhak Perlman’s 74th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Israeli-American violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman’s 74th birthday! A protégé of Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay, Mr Perlman is widely regarded as one the greatest violinists of the...

Hungarian Conductor István Kertész Was Born On This Day in 1929 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Internationally acclaimed Hungarian conductor István Kertész was born on this day in 1929. Remembered as one of the finest conductors of the 20th Century, he served conducting...

Austrian Conductor Karl Böhm Was Born On This Day in 1894 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian conductor Karl Böhm was born on this day in 1894. Dying in 1981, Maestro Bohm is remembered as one of the greatest symphonic and...

Conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch Was Born On This Day in 1923 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German conductor and pianist Wolfgang Sawallisch was born on this day in 1923. Passing away in 2013, he is remembered as one of the finest conductors of the...

American Composer and Conductor Leonard Bernstein Born On This Day in 1918 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein was born on this day in 1918. Dying in 1990, Maestro Bernstein is remembered as one of the most...

Conductor Daniel Harding To Take a Year Sabbatical to Fly Planes

British conductor Daniel Harding has today announced his intention to take a one year sabbatical from the music industry - to focus on his...

Today is Violin Virtuoso Maxim Vengerov’s 45th Birthday! [ON THIS DAY]

Today is Russian-born violinist, violist and conductor Maxim Vengerov’s 45th birthday! A protégé of Zakhar Bron, Maxim is a former 1st prize winner at the Karol Lipinski and Carl...

Violinist George Enescu Was 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 Century,...

Romanian Conductor Sergiu Celibidache Died On This Day in 1996 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Romanian conductor Sergiu Celibidache died on this day in 1996 - aged 82. Maestro Celibidache is remembered as one of the pre-eminent conductors of the...

Conductor Georges Prêtre Was Born On This Day in 1924 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French orchestral and operatic conductor Georges Prêtre was born on this day in 1924. Throughout his seven decade career, he led many of the world’s finest...

Legendary Czech Conductor Rafael Kubelik Died On This Day in 1996 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Czech conductor Rafael Kubelik died on this day in 1996 - aged 82. The son of Bohemian violin virtuoso Jan Kubelík, Maestro Kubelik served...

Austrian Conductor Erich Kleiber Was Born On This Day in 1890 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian conductor Erich Kleiber was born on this day in 1890 – 129 years ago. Dying in 1956, he served prominent conducting positions with the...

Today is Violinist & Conductor Richard Tognetti’s 54th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Australian violinist and conductor Richard Tognetti’s 54th birthday! For the past 29 years, Richard has served as the Artistic Director and Leader of the...

Composer & Pianist Franz Liszt Died On This Day in 1886 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian composer, piano virtuoso and conductor Franz Liszt died on this day in 1886 – aged 74. He is remembered as one of the most important composers...

Conductor George Szell Died On This Day in 1970 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian-born American conductor George Szell died on this day in 1970 – aged 73. Maestro Szell is remembered for his long and successful tenure as...

Conductor & Cellist Sir John Barbirolli Died On This Day in 1970 [ON-THIS-DAY]

British conductor and cellist Sir John Barbirolli died on this day in 1970 – aged 70. Remembered as one of the finest conductors of the 20th Century,...

Today is Conductor Riccardo Muti’s 78th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Italian-born conductor Riccardo Muti’s 78th birthday! Maestro Muti has held distinguished conducting positions with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Berlin...

American Violinist Oscar Shumsky Died On This Day in 2000 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violin virtuoso, pedagogue and conductor Oscar Shumsky died on this day in 2000 – aged 83. Mr Shumsky served distinguished teaching positions on faculty at the...

Conductor Joseph Keilberth Died On This Day in 1968 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German conductor Joseph Keilberth died on this day in 1968 – aged 61. Maestro Keilberth served distinguished conducting positions with the Staatsoperette Dresden, Saxon State Opera Orchestra...

Violinist Szymon Goldberg Died On This Day in 1993 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish-born American violinist and conductor Szymon Goldberg died on this day in 1993 – aged 84. A student of Carl Flesch, he served as Concertmaster of the Dresden Philharmonic and...

American Violinist Robert Mann Was Born On This Day in 1920 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violinist, composer and conductor Robert Mann was born on this day in 1920 - 99 years ago. A student of Edouard Dethier, Mr Mann...

German Conductor Kurt Masur Was Born On This Day in 1927 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German-born conductor Kurt Masur was born on this day in 1927 - 92 years ago. Widely respected as one of the most eminent conductors of...

American Conductor Arthur Fiedler Died On This Day in 1979 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American conductor Arthur Fiedler died on this day in 1979 - aged 84. Maestro Fiedler is remembered as the long-time principal conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra – a position...

Composer Ottorino Respighi Was Born On This Day in 1879 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian composer and conductor Ottorino Respighi was born on this day in 1879 – 140 years ago. Respighi's signature works include his orchestral trilogy, Fountains...

Composer and Conductor Gustav Mahler Was Born On This Day in 1860 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Late-Romantic Austrian composer and conductor Gustav Mahler was born on this day in 1860 – 159 years ago. Dying in 1911, he is remembered as...

Today is Violinist & Conductor Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider’s 44th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Danish violin virtuoso and conductor Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider's 44th birthday! A student of Boris Kuschnir, Nikolaj is a former 1st prize winner at the...

Hungarian Violinist Tibor Varga Was Born On This Day in 1921 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian violinist and conductor Tibor Varga was born on this day in 1921 - 98 years ago. A student of Carl Flesch and Jeno Hubay, Maestro Varga is remembered...

Conductor Carlos Kleiber Was Born On This Day in 1930 – 89 Years Ago [ON-THIS-DAY]

German-born Austrian conductor Carlos Kleiber was born on this day in 1930 – 89 years ago. The son of eminent Austrian conductor Erich Kleiber, he...

Conductor Pierre Monteux Died On This Day in 1964 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French-American conductor Pierre Monteux died on this day in 1964 – 55 years ago. He served principal conducting positions with The Metropolitan Opera, Boston Symphony...

Conductor Sergiu Celibidache Was Born On This Day in 1912 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Luminary Romanian conductor Sergiu Celibidache was born on this day in 1912 - 107 years ago. Dying in 1996, Maestro Celibidache is celebrated as one of...

Conductor Claudio Abbado Was Born On This Day in 1933 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Acclaimed Italian conductor Claudio Abbado was born on this day in 1933. Maestro Abbado is widely regarded as one of the pre-eminent conductors of the...

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...