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Hungarian Violinist Jelly d’Arányi Died On This Day in 1966 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian violinist Jelly d'Arányi died on this day in 1966 - aged 72. The grand-niece of virtuoso Joseph Joachim, she premiered a number of important works...

Dvořák’s Four ‘Romantic Pieces’ Op. 75 Premiered On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Antonín Dvořák's four 'Romantic Pieces' Op. 75 premiered on this day in 1887 – 131 years ago. The first performance was given by Czech violinist...

American Violin Virtuoso Erick Friedman Died On This Day in 2004 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violinist Erick Friedman passed away, from cancer, on this day in 2004 – aged 64. A student of Ivan Galamian, Nathan Milstein and Jascha Heifetz, he is remembered...

Benjamin Britten Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day in 1940 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Benjamin Britten's Violin Concerto Op. 15 was premiered on this day in 1940 – 78 years ago. The first performance was given by Spanish...

English Composer Sir William Walton was Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

English composer Sir William Walton was born on this day in 1902 – 116 years ago. His signature works include ‘Façade’, the cantata ‘Belshazzar's Feast’,...

Russian Composer Modest Mussorgsky Died On This Day in 1881 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky died on this day in 1881 – 137 years ago. One of 'The Five', his signature works include the opera Boris...

Polish Composer and Pianist Karol Szymanowski Died On This Day in 1937 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish composer and pianist Karol Szymanowski died on this day in 1937 – aged 66. Remembered as one of the eminent Polish composers of the...

Russian Piano Virtuoso & Composer Sergei Rachmaninoff Died On This Day [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...

Today is Russian-Born Violinist Dora Schwarzberg’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian-born violinist and pedagogue Dora Schwarzberg's birthday. A student of legendary Russian pedagogue Yuri Yankelevich, Ms Schwarzberg currently serves a distinguished teaching position...

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 – 91 years ago. Passing away in 2007, Mr Rostropovich is...

Italian-Born British Violin Virtuoso Alfredo Campoli Died On This Day in 1991 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian-born British violin virtuoso Alfredo Campoli died on this day in 1991 – aged 84. He is remembered as one of the finest violinists of...

German Composer Ludwig van Beethoven Died on this Day in 1827 – Aged 56 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven died on this day in 1827 - aged 56. He is remembered as one of the most famous and...

Today is Russian-American Violin Virtuoso Philippe Quint’s 44th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian-American violin virtuoso Philippe Quint's 44th birthday! A protege of Andrei Korsakov and Dorothy DeLay, Philippe is widely recognised as one of today's...

Today is Korean Violin Virtuoso Kyung Wha Chung’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Korean violin virtuoso Kyung Wha Chung’s birthday. A student of Ivan Galamian and Joseph Szigeti, Ms Chung is widely regarded as one of...

Hungarian Composer Béla Bartók was Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian composer and pianist Béla Bartók was born on this day in 1881 – 137 years ago. Remembered as one of the most influential composers...

French Composer Claude Debussy Died On This Day in 1918 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French impressionist composer Claude Debussy died on this day in 1918 – aged 55. He passed away, amidst an aerial and artillery bombardment of Paris,...

Bartók’s 2nd Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day in 1939 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Béla Bartók's 2nd Violin Concerto premiered on this day in 1939 – 79 years ago. The first performance was given by Hungarian virtuoso Zoltán Székely...

Hungarian Violinist Franz von Vecsey was Born On This Day in 1893 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian violin virtuoso and composer Franz von Vecsey was born on this day in 1893. A celebrated child protege of Jenő Hubay and Joseph Joachim,...

Czech Violinist & Pedagogue Otakar Ševčík Born On This Day in 1852 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Czech violinist and pedagogue Otakar Ševčík was born on this day in 1852. He served teaching positions at the Prague Conservatory, Russian Music Society and the Vienna...

Belgian Violinist Arthur Grumiaux Was Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Belgian violinist Arthur Grumiaux was born on this day in 1921 – 97 years ago. Dying in 1986, aged just 65, he is remembered as one...

Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B Minor Premiered on this Day in 1896 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 premiered on this day in 1896 - 122 years ago. The first performance was given...

Violin Maker Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume Died On This Day in 1875 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French violin maker Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume died on this day in 1875. Widely regarded as one of the eminent instrument makers of all time, Vuillaume's violins have...

American Violinist Joan Field Died On This Day in 1988 – Aged 73 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violinist Joan Field died on this day in 1988 – aged 73. A student of Albert Spalding, Jacques Thibaud and George Enescu, Ms Field...

Today is Japanese Viola Virtuoso Nobuko Imai’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Japanese viola virtuoso Nobuko Imai's birthday. A former 1st prize winner at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and Geneva International Music...

Soviet Violinist Elizabeth Gilels Died On This Day in 2008 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Soviet-born violinist and pedagogue Elizabeth Gilels died on this day in 2008 - aged 88. A student of Pyotr Stolyarsky, Ms Gilels was a former prize winner at...

Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor Premiered On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64 premiered on this day in 1845 – 173 years ago. The first performance was given by...

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

Hungarian-born violinist and conductor Eugene Ormandy died on this day in 1985 – 33 years ago, aged 85. Maestro Ormandy is remembered as one of...

American Violinist David Nadien was Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violinist David Nadien was born on this day in 1926. A student of Adolfo Betti, Ivan Galamian and Adolph Busch, Mr Nadien was a...

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

American-born British violin virtuoso and conductor Yehudi Menuhin died on this day in 1999 – 19 years ago. A protege of Louis Persinger, George Enescu and Adolf...

Composer and Bandoneon Virtuoso Ástor Piazzolla Was Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Argentine composer and bandoneon virtuoso Ástor Piazzolla was born on this day in 1921. Dying in 1992, aged 70, he is remembered in history for...

Violinist and Composer Antonio Bazzini Was Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian violinist and composer Antonio Bazzini was born on this day in 1818. Remembered as one of the celebrated violin virtuosi of the 19th Century,...

Violinist & Composer Pablo de Sarasate Was Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Spanish violin virtuoso and composer Pablo de Sarasate was born on this day in 1844 – 174 years ago. Remembered as one of the most...

American Composer Samuel Barber Was Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

American composer Samuel Barber was born on this day in 1910 – 108 years ago. Dying in 1981, aged 70, Barber is remembered as one...

Lithuanian Theremin Virtuoso Clara Rockmore Was Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Lithuanian theremin virtuoso Clara Rockmore was born on this day in 1911 – 107 years ago. A violin child prodigy, she studied with acclaimed pedagogue...

French Composer Hector Berlioz Died On This Day in 1869 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French romantic composer Hector Berlioz died on this day in 1869 – 149 years ago. His signature works include 'Symphonie Fantastique' and 'Grande Messe des...

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...

Australian Violin Virtuoso Alma Moodie Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Australian violin virtuoso Alma Moodie died on this day in 1943 – aged just 44. Widely regarded as one of Europe's foremost soloists during the...

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 - 88 years ago. A child prodigy, he made his...

Today is Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s 43rd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is French Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin's 43rd birthday! A protege of Maestro Carlo Maria Giulini, he has served principal conducting positions with Montreal's Orchestre...

Today is Australian VC Artist Ray Chen’s 29th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Australian violin virtuoso, VC Artist Ray Chen's 29th birthday! A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Aaron Rosand,...

Today is Japanese VC Young Artist Tatsuki Narita’s 26th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Japanese VC Young Artist Tatsuki Narita’s 26th birthday. A graduate of the Conservatoire Nationale Superieur de Paris, where he studied with Svetlin Roussev, Tatsuki...

Today is American Cellist Ralph Kirshbaum’s 72nd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American cellist Ralph Kirshbaum's 72nd birthday. Professor Kirshbaum is a former prize winner at the Cassado and Tchaikovsky International Cello Competitions - and...

Violinist & Pedagogue Jascha Brodsky Died On This Day in 1997 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Russian-American violinist and pedagogue Jascha Brodsky died on this day in 1997 – aged 89. A student of Lucien Capet, Eugène Ysaÿe and Efrem...

Violin Virtuoso Henryk Szeryng Died on This Day in 1988 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish-born Mexican violin virtuoso Henryk Szeryng died on this day in 1988. A student of Maurice Frenkel, Carl Flesch and Jacques Thibaud, he is...

Today is TwoSet Violinist Brett Yang’s 26th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Australian funster, TwoSet Violinist's Brett Yang's 26th birthday! A graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, he is a former Concertmaster of the...

Belgian Violin Virtuoso Mathieu Crickboom Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Belgian violin virtuoso Mathieu Crickboom was born on this day in 1871. Dying in 1947, he is remembered in history as the dedicatee of Eugene...

Composer & Virtuoso Pianist Frederic Chopin was Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish composer and virtuoso pianist Frederic Chopin was born on this day in 1810 – 208 years ago. Dying at only age 39, Chopin is...

Nielsen Violin Concerto Premiered on this Day in 1912 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Carl Nielsen Violin Concerto Op. 33 premiered on this day in 1912 - 106 years ago. The first performance was given by Danish violinist Peder...

Today is German Violin Virtuoso Frank Peter Zimmermann’s 53rd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is German violin virtuoso Frank Peter Zimmermann’s 53rd birthday! A student of Valery Gradov, Saschko Gawriloff and Herman Krebber, he is widely regarded as one...

Today is Latvian-German Violinist Gidon Kremer’s 71st Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Latvian-German violin virtuoso Gidon Kremer's 71st birthday. A student of David Oistrakh, Maestro Kremer is widely regarded as one of the most celebrated musicians...