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American Violinist & Teacher Fredell Lack was Born on this Day in 1922 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American concert violinist and pedagogue Fredell Lack was born on this day - in 1922. A student of Ivan Galamian, Ms Lack was a former...

Soviet Composer Dmitry Kabalevsky Died On This Day in 1987 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Soviet composer Dmitry Kabalevsky died on this day in 1987 - aged 82. He is remembered for his contribution to developing young talent – having...

German Violinist Willy Hess Died On This Day in 1939 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German violinist Willy Hess died on this day in 1939 – aged 79. A protege of Joseph Joachim, he was a former Concertmaster of the...

Today is French Violin Virtuoso Olivier Charlier’s 58th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is French violin virtuoso Olivier Charlier's 58th birthday. A student of Yehudi Menuhin and Henryk Szeryng, he is a former 1st prize winner at...

Belgian Composer and Violinist Henri Vieuxtemps Was Born on this Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Belgian composer and violinist Henri Vieuxtemps was born on this day in 1820. A protege of Charles de Bériot, he is remembered as one of...

French Violinist and Composer Pierre Rode was Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

French violinist and composer Pierre Rode was born on this day in 1774 – 245 years ago. A student of Giovanni Battista Viotti, Rode...

Today is American Composer John Corigliano’s 81st Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer John Corigliano's 81st birthday. A graduate of Columbia University and the Manhattan School of Music, his signature works include...

Composer Richard Wagner Died On This Day in 1883 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary German composer, conductor, theatre director and polemicist, Richard Wagner died on this day in 1883 – 136 years ago, aged 69. His signature works...

Violinist and Pianist Louis Persinger Born On This Day in 1887 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violinist, pianist and pedagogue Louis Persinger was born on this day in 1887 – 132 years ago. His famed students included Yehudi Menuhin, Ruggiero Ricci,...

Violinist & Composer Antonio Bazzini Died On This Day in 1897 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian violinist and composer Antonio Bazzini died on this day in 1897 – 122 years ago. Bazzini is remembered as one of the finest concert...

Celebrated Italian Violin Maker Carlo Bergonzi Died On This Day in 1747 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian luthier Carlo Bergonzi died on this day in 1747. He is remembered as one of Antonio Stradivari's greatest pupils – later inheriting Stradivari's repair...

American Violinist Louis Kaufman Died On This Day in 1994 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violinist Louis Kaufman died on this day in 1994 – aged 88. It is estimated he is possibly the most recorded musical artist in...

Composer and Music Publisher Franz Anton Hoffmeister Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer and music publisher Franz Anton Hoffmeister died on this day in 1812 – 207 years ago. Hoffmeister's major contributions to the string repertoire...

Barber Violin Concerto Op. 14 Premiered On This Day in 1941 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Samuel Barber Violin Concerto Op. 14 premiered on this day in 1941 – 78 years ago. The first performance was given by violinist Albert Spalding with...

Violinist & Composer Ole Bull Born On This Day in 1810 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Norwegian violinist and composer Ole Bull was born on this day in 1810 - 209 years ago. Bull is remembered as one of the preeminent virtuosi of...

Polish-American Violinist Piotr Janowski Born On This Day in 1951 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish-American violinist Piotr Janowski was born on this day in 1951 – 68 years ago. A student of Ivan Galamian, Zino Francescatti, Henryk Szeryng and Jascha Heifetz, Mr Janowski was a former...

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...

Violin Virtuoso Nelli Shkolnikova Died On This Day in 2010 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian violin virtuoso Nelli Shkolnikova died on this day in 2010 – aged 81. A student of Lillia Kossodo and Yuri Yankelevich, Ms Shkolnikova was...

Violinist & Composer Fritz Kreisler Born On This Day in 1875 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian-born violinist and composer Fritz Kreisler was born on this day in 1875 – 144 years ago. He is widely regarded as one of the...

Austrian Composer Franz Schubert Born On This Day in 1797 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian composer Franz Schubert was born on this day in 1797. Despite dying aged just 31, he was tremendously prolific - outputting 9 symphonies, more than...

Today is American Composer Philip Glass’ 82nd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American composer Philip Glass' 82nd birthday! Described as a composer of 'music with repetitive structures', Mr Glass is widely regarded as one of...

Today is Canadian VC Artist Nikki Chooi’s 30th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Canadian VC Artist Nikki Chooi’s 30th birthday! A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, Nikki is a former...

Today is Japanese Violinist Sayaka Shoji’s 36th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Japanese violin virtuoso Sayaka Shoji's 36th birthday! A protege of Zakhar Bron, Sayaka shot to international fame at age 16 – after winning...

Polish-American Violinist Bronislav Gimpel Was Born On This Day in 1911 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish-American violin virtuoso Bronislav Gimpel was born on this day in 1911 – 108 years ago. A protege of Carl Flesch, Mr Gimpel is remembered...

Polish-American Pianist Arthur Rubinstein Was Born On This Day in 1887 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish-American pianist Arthur Rubinstein was born on this day in 1887 – 132 years ago. A student of Karl Heinrich Barth, Maestro Rubinstein is remembered...

Today is French Violin Virtuoso Renaud Capucon’s 43rd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is French violin virtuoso Renaud Capucon's 43rd birthday! A protege of Gérard Poulet, he is widely regarded as one of today's eminent violin...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Born On This Day in 1756 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on this day in 1756 – 263 years ago. Mozart is remembered in history as one of the most prolific and...

Today is VC Young Artist Sarah Christian’s 29th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is German violin virtuoso, VC Artist Sarah Christian’s 29th birthday. A graduate of the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler and University of Mozarteum Salzburg, where she studied...

Today is Canadian Violinist James Ehnes’ 43rd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Canadian violinist James Ehnes’ 43rd birthday. A protégé of Sally Thomas and The Juilliard School, James is widely regarded as one of today’s foremost virtuosi –...

Remembering the Victims of the Holocaust and Nazi Persecution [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today, January 27th is the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. The day marks the anniversary of the 1945 liberation...

Jazz Violinist Stephane Grappelli Born On This Day in 1908 – 111 Years Ago [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary French jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli was born on this day in 1908 – 111 years ago. Dying in 1997, aged 89, Mr Grappelli is remembered for...

Japanese Pedagogue Shinichi Suzuki Died On This Day in 1998 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Japanese pedagogue Shinichi Suzuki died on this day in 1998 – aged 99. Mr Suzuki holds an influential place in history as the creator of the Suzuki...

Today is Soviet-Born Violinist Boris Belkin’s 71st Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Soviet-born violin virtuoso Boris Belkin’s 71st birthday. A protégé of Yuri Yankelevich, Felix Andrievsky and Isaac Stern, Mr Belkin is widely respected as one of the finest...

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...

Legendary British Cellist Jacqueline du Pre Born On This Day in 1945 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary British cellist Jacqueline du Pre was born on this day in 1945 – 74 years ago. Passing away in 1987, aged just 42, she is remembered...

Polish Composer Witold Lutoslawski Born On This Day in 1913 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski was born on this day in 1913 – 106 years ago. Dying in 1994, Lutoslawski is remembered as one of the most influential...

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 Russian Violist Yuri Bashmet’s 66th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian violist Yuri Bashmet’s 66th birthday. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost violists – performing regularly with the world’s finest...

German Violin Virtuoso Georg Kulenkampff Born On This Day in 1898 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German violin virtuoso Georg Kulenkampff was born on this day in 1898 – 121 years ago. He is remembered as one of the finest...

American Composer Samuel Barber Died On This Day in 1981 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American composer Samuel Barber died on this day in 1981, 38 years ago – aged 70. His signature works include Adagio for Strings and his Violin Concerto Op....

Iranian-Born Armenian Violin Pedagogue Ivan Galamian Born On This Day in 1903 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Iranian-born Armenian violinist Ivan Galamian was born on this day in 1903 – 116 years ago. A student of French pedagogue Lucien Capet, he is remembered as...

German Violinist August Wilhelmj Died On This Day in 1908 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German violin virtuoso August Wilhelmj died on this day in 1908, 111 years ago – aged 62. Wilhelmj was regarded as one of the most celebrated...

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 –...

French Romantic Composer Ernest Chausson Born On This Day in 1855 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French Romantic composer Ernest Chausson was born on this day in 1855 – 164 years ago. His signature works include a symphony, two symphonic poems,...

Russian-Born American Violin Virtuoso Mischa Elman Born On This Day in 1891 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-born American violin virtuoso Mischa Elman was born on this day in 1891 – 128 years ago. He is widely regarded as one of the finest violinists...

Camille Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No 1 Premiered On This Day in 1873 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Camille Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No 1 in A Minor Op. 33 premiered on this day in 1873 – 146 years ago. The first performance was...

American Violin Virtuoso Michael Rabin Died On This Day in 1972 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violin virtuoso Michael Rabin died on this day in 1972, 47 years ago – aged just 35. A celebrated child prodigy, he is remembered as one...

Czech Violinist & Pedagogue Otakar Ševčík Died On This Day in 1934 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Czech violinist and pedagogue Otakar Ševčík died on this day in 1934. He served teaching positions at the Prague Conservatory, Russian Music Society and the Vienna Music...

Today is German Violinist Ulf Hoelscher’s 77th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is German violinist Ulf Hoelscher’s 77th birthday! A student of Max Rostal, Josef Gingold, Paul Makanowitzky and Ivan Galamian, Professor Hoelscher currently serves distinguished...