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Bulgarian Violin Virtuoso Vasco Abadjiev Died On This Day in 1978 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Bulgarian violin virtuoso Vasco Abadjiev sadly died on this day in 1978 – aged 52. A recognised child prodigy, he made his international debut aged...

Today is South Korean VC Artist Bomsori Kim’s 28th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is South Korean VC Artist Bomsori Kim’s 28th birthday. A post graduate student of Sylvia Rosenberg and Ronald Copes at The Juilliard School, Bomsori...

Today is Dutch Violinist and Conductor Jaap van Zweden’s 57th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Dutch violinist and conductor Jaap van Zweden’s 57th birthday. A student of Dorothy DeLay, he was awarded the Concertmaster's position of the Royal...

Austrian-Born American Violinist Eric Rosenblith Born On This day in 1920 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian-born American violinist Eric Rosenblith was born on this day in 1920 - 97 years ago. A student of Jacques Thibaud, Carl Flesch and Bronisław Huberman, Mr...

Today is Korean-American Violin Virtuoso Sarah Chang’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Korean-American violin virtuoso Sarah Chang's birthday. A recognised child protege of Dorothy DeLay and The Juilliard School, Sarah made her professional debut with...

Today is Violin Virtuoso Joshua Bell’s 50th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American violin virtuoso Joshua Bell's 50th birthday. A student of legendary Russian pedagogue Josef Gingold, Joshua serves as Music Director of the Academy...

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

Finnish composer Jean Sibelius was born on this day in 1865 – 152 years ago. Sibelius' signature works include 7 symphonies, ‘Finlandia’, the ‘Karelia Suite’,...

Today is Violin Virtuoso & Conductor Julian Rachlin’s 43rd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Lithuanian-born Austrian violin virtuoso and conductor Julian Rachlin’s 43rd birthday. A protégé of Boris Kuschnir and Pinchas Zukerman, he is widely regarded as one...

Today is VC Young Artist Ayana Tsuji’s 20th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is VC Young Artist Ayana Tsuji’s 20th birthday. A student of Professor Koichiro Harada, at the Tokyo College of Music, Ayana is a former...

American Violinist Sergiu Luca Died On This Day in 2010 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Romanian-born American violinist Sergiu Luca died on this day in 2010 – 7 years ago. A student of Ivan Galamian, Mr Luca is remembered for having founded...

Arnold Schönberg Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day in 1940 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Arnold Schönberg Violin Concerto Op. 36 premiered on this day in 1940. The first performance was given by Ukrainian-born American virtuoso Louis Krasner with The Philadelphia Orchestra...

Polish-American Violinist Piotr Janowski Died On This Day in 2008 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish-American violinist Piotr Janowski died on this day in 2008 – aged 57. A student of Ivan Galamian, Zino Francescatti, Henryk Szeryng and Jascha Heifetz, Mr Janowski was a former 1st...

Today is American Cellist David Finckel’s 66th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American cellist David Finckel’s 66th birthday. He served as cellist with the Emerson String Quartet from 1979 to 2013 - and currently serves as...

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, Kubelik is remembered as one of the pre-eminent...

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...

English Composer Benjamin Britten Died On This Day in 1976 [ON-THIS-DAY]

English composer Benjamin Britten died on this day in 1976. His signature works include the operas ‘Peter Grimes’, ‘Billy Budd’ and ‘The Turn of the...

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day in 1881 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 premiered on this day in 1881 – 136 years ago. The first performance was given by Russian...

Italian Luthier Nicola Amati Born On This Day in 1596 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian luthier Nicola Amati was born on this day in 1596 – 421 years ago. The grandson of Andrea Amati, the founder of the Amati family of...

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

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

English Conductor Sir John Barbirolli Born On This Day in 1899 [ON-THIS-DAY]

English conductor Sir John Barbirolli was born on this day in 1899 – 118 years ago. Remembered as one of the finest conductors of the...

American-Born Greek Soprano Maria Callas Born On This Day in 1923 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American-born Greek soprano Maria Callas was born on this day in 1923 – 94 years ago. Dying in 1977, aged just 53, she is remembered...

Prokofiev’s 2nd Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day in 1935 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Sergei Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor Op. 63 premiered on this day in 1935. The first performance was given by French virtuoso Robert Soetens with...

Legendary Violin Pedagogue Ilona Fehér Born On This Day in 1901 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Hungarian-Israeli violin pedagogue Ilona Fehér was born on this day in 1901 – 116 years ago. Remembered as one of the last representatives of the Central European Violin...

Legendary Soviet Pedagogue Pyotr Stolyarsky Born On This Day in 1871 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Soviet pedagogue Pyotr Stolyarsky was born on this day in 1871. Mr Stolyarsky is remembered in history as the founder of 'The Odessa School' and 'The...

German Conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler Died On This Day in 1954 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler died on this day in 1954. Remembered as one of the greatest symphonic and operatic conductors of the 20th Century, he served...

French Jazz Violinist Stephane Grappelli Died On This Day in 1997 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli died on this day in 1997 – aged 89. Mr Grappelli’s lively, elegant style captivated audiences for more than half a century –...

Tchaikovsky’s ‘Variations On a Rococo Theme’ Premiered On This Day in 1877 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Tchaikovsky's 'Variations on a Rococo Theme' Op. 33 for Cello and Orchestra premiered on this day in 1877. The first performance was given by German virtuoso Wilhelm Fitzenhagen in Moscow...

Italian Composer Giacomo Puccini Died On This Day in 1924 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian composer Giacomo Puccini died on this day in 1924. His signature works include some of the most frequently performed operas in history – including:...

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...

Violinist & Composer Gaetano Pugnani Born On This Day in 1731 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian violinist and composer Gaetano Pugnani was born on this day in 1731. He is remembered in history, as violin virtuoso Fritz Kreisler borrowed his name to publish a...

Today is Russian-Born Violin Virtuoso Viktoria Mullova’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian-born British violin virtuoso Viktoria Mullova’s birthday. A protégé of Soviet legend Leonid Kogan, Ms Mullova is a former Grand Prize winner at...