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Conductor Georges Prêtre 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...

Austrian Conductor Karl Böhm Died On This Day in 1981 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian conductor Karl Böhm died on this day in 1981 – aged 86. Remembered as one of the greatest symphonic and operatic conductors of all time, Maestro...

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...

Violin Virtuoso Erick Friedman Born On This Day in 1939 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violinist Erick Friedman was born on this day in 1939. A student of Ivan Galamian, Nathan Milstein and Jascha Heifetz, he is remembered as one of the most gifted violinists...

French Composer Jules Massenet Died On This Day in 1912 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French composer Jules Massenet died on this day in 1912 – 106 years ago – aged 70. Massenet's signature works include operas Manon, Werther and Esclarmonde. His major contribution...

Czech Composer Leoš Janáček Died On This Day in 1928 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Czech composer Leoš Janáček died on this day in 1928 – aged 74. Janáček, Dvořák and Smetana are widely regarded as the three most influential Czech composers...

Today is American Violinist Alexander Kerr’s 48th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American violinist Alexander Kerr’s 48th birthday! A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, he currently serves as Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra – and holds...

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 music and...

French Virtuoso Ginette Neveu Born On This Day in 1919 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French virtuoso violinist Ginette Neveu was born on this day in 1919 – 99 years ago. A student of Jules Boucherit, George Enescu and Carl Flesch, Ms Neveu achieved worldwide fame...

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...

Russian Composer Alexander Glazunov Born On This Day in 1865 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian composer Alexander Glazunov was born on this day in 1865 - 153 years ago. Dying in 1936, Glazunov’s signature works include ballets The Seasons and...

Hungarian Conductor Ferenc Fricsay Born On This Day in 1914 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian conductor Ferenc Fricsay was born on this day in 1914 – 104 years ago. A protégé of Bela Bartok, Zoltán Kodály, Ernst von Dohnanyi...

Russian Composer and Piano Virtuoso Dmitri Shostakovich Died On This Day in 1975 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Soviet Russian composer and piano virtuoso Dmitri Shostakovich died on this day in 1975 – aged 68. One of the prominent figures of 20th Century Music, his...

Violin Virtuoso Zino Francescatti Born On This Day in 1902 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French violin virtuoso René-Charles “Zino” Francescatti was born on this day in 1902. Dying in 1991, Maestro Francescatti is remembered as one of the pre-eminent violinists of...

Violinist Josef Suk Jr Born On This Day in 1929 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Czech violin virtuoso Josef Suk Jr was born on this day in 1929 – 89 years ago. Passing away in 2011, Maestro Suk is remembered...

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

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

German-Bohemian Music Critic Eduard Hanslick Died On This Day in 1904 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary German-Bohemian music critic Eduard Hanslick died on this day in 1904. Notoriously conservative, he was an outspoken opponent of the works of both Liszt...

Violinist Max Rostal Died On This Day in 1991 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian-born violinist Max Rostal died on this day in 1991 – aged 86. A student of Carl Flesch, he is remembered as one of the eminent virtuosi of...

American Cellist Gregor Piatigorsky Died On This Day in 1976 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-born American cellist Gregor Piatigorsky died on this day in 1976 – aged 73. A student of Alfred von Glehn and Anatoliy Brandukov, Maestro Piatigorsky...

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

Austrian conductor Erich Kleiber was born on this day in 1890 – 128 years ago. Dying in 1956, he served prominent conducting positions with the...

Today is Violinist & Conductor Richard Tognetti’s 53rd Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Australian violinist and conductor Richard Tognetti’s 53rd birthday! For the past 28 years, Richard has served as the Artistic Director and Leader of the Australian...

Soviet Composer Alfred Schnittke Died On This Day in 1998 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Soviet composer Alfred Schnittke died on this day in 1998 – aged 64. A prolific composer, his output included 9 symphonies, 6 concerti grossi, 3...

Today is Avant-Garde Violinist Hahn-Bin’s 30th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Korean-American avant-garde violin virtuoso Hahn-Bin's 30th birthday! A graduate of The Juilliard School, Hahn-Bin (aka Amadéus Leopold) made his international debut at the 42nd Annual...

German Composer Karl Amadeus Hartmann Born On This Day in 1905 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer Karl Amadeus Hartmann was born on this day in 1905. Despite being largely overlooked in many English-speaking countries, he is often lauded as one of...

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,...

German Composer Robert Schumann Died On This Day in 1856 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer Robert Schumann died on this day in 1856 – aged 46. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest musical exponents of...

Composer & Organist Johann Sebastian Bach Died On This Day in 1750 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist Johann Sebastian Bach died on this day in 1750 – aged 65.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKQ_GyelRsc&autohide=1 ITZHAK PERLMAN | BACH | SOLO VIOLIN PARTITA...

Composer & Violinist Antonio Vivaldi Died On This Day in 1741 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian-Baroque composer, Catholic priest and virtuoso violinist Antonio Vivaldi died on this day in 1741 – aged 63.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS-W3lfcVvY&autohide=1 JULIA FISCHER | VIVALDI | THE FOUR SEASONS |...

American Cellist Leonard Rose Born On This Day in 1918 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Celebrated American cellist and pedagogue Leonard Rose was born on this day in 1918. He served as Principal Cellist of the NBC Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra and the New York...

Today is Korean VC Young Artist InMo Yang’s 23rd Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is South Korean VC Young Artist InMo Yang's 23rd birthday! A full scholarship student of Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory, InMo is...

Violin Virtuoso Gioconda de Vito Born On This Day in 1907 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian-British violin virtuoso Gioconda de Vito was born on this day in 1907. Ms de Vito was a former 1st prize winner at the Vienna International Violin Competition, and is remembered as...

Conductor & Composer Serge Koussevitzky Born On This Day in 1874 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-born conductor, composer and double-bassist Serge Koussevitzky was born on this day in 1874. Maestro Koussevitsky served as Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra...

Violin Virtuoso Vasa Prihoda Died On This Day in 1960 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Czech violin virtuoso Vasa Prihoda died on this day in 1960 - aged 59. A Paganini specialist, Mr Prihoda is remembered for his dazzling technique, finesse and beauty of...

American Violin Virtuoso Oscar Shumsky Died On This Day [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 at the Curtis Institute of...

American Violin Virtuoso Ruggiero Ricci Born On This Day – 100 Years Ago [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violin virtuoso Ruggiero Ricci was born on this day in 1918 – 100 years ago. A protégé of Louis Persinger and Georg Kulenkampff, he is remembered as one of...

Elgar’s ‘Serenade for Strings in E Minor’ Premiered On This Day in 1896 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Edward Elgar’s Serenade for Strings in E Minor' Op. 20 premiered on this day in 1896. The first performance was given in Antwerp, Belgium –...

American Violinist Isaac Stern Born On This Day in 1920 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Violinist and conductor Isaac Stern was born on this day in 1920 – 98 years ago. Dying in 2001, he is remembered as one of the finest...

Today is VC Young Artist Fedor Rudin’s 26th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is VC Young Artist Fedor Rudin's 26th birthday! A student of Pierre Amoyal at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, Fedor is a former 1st...

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...

Today is Violinist Nicola Benedetti’s 31st Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Scottish violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti’s 31st birthday! A graduate of the Yehudi Menuhin School, Nicola is a former 1st prize winner at the BBC 'Young Musician of...

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 - 98 years ago. A student of Edouard Dethier, he was a founding...

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...

German Conductor Kurt Masur Born On This Day in 1927 – 91 Years Ago [ON-THIS-DAY]

German conductor Kurt Masur was born on this day in 1927 - 91 years ago. Widely respected as one of the most eminent conductors of all time,...

Violinist & Composer Ferdinand David Died On This Day in 1873 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German violin virtuoso and composer Ferdinand David died on this day in 1873 – 145 years ago. A student of Louis Spohr, he served as...

Today is Belgium Violinist Yossif Ivanov’s 32nd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Belgium violin virtuoso Yossif Ivanov's 32nd birthday. A student of Zakhar Bron and Igor & Valery Oistrakh, Yossif is a former prize winner at the...

Violin Virtuoso & Composer Eugène Ysaÿe Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Belgian violin virtuoso, composer and celebrated pedagogue Eugène Ysaÿe was born on this day in 1858. Legendary pedagogue Carl Flesch once described him as ‘the most outstanding...

Violinist and Composer Gaetano Pugnani Died On This Day in 1798 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian violinist and composer Gaetano Pugnani died on this day in 1798. He is remembered in history, as violin virtuoso Fritz Kreisler borrowed his name...

Today is VC Artist Noah Bendix-Balgley’s 34th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American VC Artist Noah Bendix-Balgley’s 34th birthday! A graduate of Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Munich, Noah is a former...