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Today is Curtis Institute Piano Teacher Eleanor Sokoloff’s 104th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American pianist and piano pedagogue Eleanor Sokoloff’s 104th birthday! A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music,...

Today is Argentinian Pianist Martha Argerich’s 77th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Argentinian pianist Martha Argerich's 77th birthday! A former 1st prize winner at the Geneva, Chopin and Perruccio Busoni International Piano Competitions, Ms Argerich...

VC WEB BLOG | Pianist Carlos Avila – ‘DO’s and DON’Ts For Collaborating With a Pianist’ [WORD]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with The Juilliard School staff and the Heifetz Institute Faculty member, Carlos Avila. In a VC-exclusive blog, the outspoken Filipino-American pianist discusses...

German Virtuoso Pianist & Composer Clara Schumann Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

German virtuoso pianist and composer Clara Schumann died on this day in 1896. The wife of composer Robert Schumann, she is remembered as one of...

Composer Johannes Brahms Born On This Day in 1833 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer and pianist Johannes Brahms was born on this day in 1833 – 185 years ago. He passed away from liver and pancreas cancer in 1897,...

SAD NEWS | Legendary American Accompanist Irwin Gage Has Died – Aged 78

American-born pianist Irwin Gage has passed away in Zurich - aged 78. A graduate of Michigan University, Yale University and the Vienna Conservatory, he will...

Composer Johannes Brahms Died On This Day in 1897 – Aged 63 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer and pianist Johannes Brahms died on this day in 1897 – 121 years ago. Brahms passed away from liver and pancreas cancer, aged...

Russian Piano Virtuoso & Composer Sergei Rachmaninoff was Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian composer, piano virtuoso and conductor Sergei Rachmaninoff was born on this day in 1873. Dying in 1943, he is remembered as one of the...

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...

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...

SAD NEWS | British Violinist and Pianist Bob Simians Has Passed Away

British violinist and pianist Bob Simians has died. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Robert Masters and Beatrix Marr,...

Russian Composer Sergei Prokofiev Died On This Day in 1953 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian composer, pianist and conductor Sergei Prokofiev died on this day in 1953 – aged 61. His signature works include 5 piano concertos, 9 piano...

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...

Today is Pianist and Conductor Christoph Eschenbach’s 75th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is German-born pianist and conductor Christoph Eschenbach’s 75th birthday. A protege of Herbert von Karajan and George Szell, Maestro Eschenbach is widely regarded as...

Today is American Composer John Williams’ 86th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American composer, conductor and pianist John Williams’ 86th birthday. The recipient of 3 Emmy Awards, 5 Academy Awards and 21 Grammy Awards, he...

French Composer & Pianist Francis Poulenc Born On This Day in 1899 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French composer and pianist Francis Poulenc was born on this day in 1899 - 119 years ago. Dying in 1963, Poulenc's major contributions to the...

American Violinist, Pianist & Teacher Louis Persinger Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violinist, pianist and teacher Louis Persinger died on this day in 1966 – aged 79.  A protégé of Hans Becker, Eugène Ysaÿe and Jacques...

Today is Piano Virtuoso & Conductor Daniel Barenboim’s 75th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Argentine-Israeli piano virtuoso and conductor Daniel Barenboim’s 75th birthday. He is widely regarded as one of the foremost musicians of the 20th and...

OUT NOW | Violinist, VC Young Artist Marc Bouchkov’s New ‘Harmonia Nova #2’ Album [LISTEN]

Harmonia Mundi has today announced the release of VC Young Artist, violinist Marc Bouchkov’s new album ‘Harmonia Nova #2’ - a homage to the...

Russian-American Classical Pianist Vladimir Horowitz Died On This Day in 1989 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-American classical pianist Vladimir Horowitz died on this day in 1989 - aged 86. He is remembered as one of the greatest piano virtuosi of...

Conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos Died On This Day in 1960 – Aged 64 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Greek-American conductor, pianist and composer Dimitri Mitropoulos died on this day in 1960 – aged 64. He is remembered as one of the most celebrated conductors...

Belgian Violin Virtuoso Arthur Grumiaux Died On This Day in 1986 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Belgian violin virtuoso and pianist Arthur Grumiaux died on this day in 1986 – aged 65. A student of Alfred Dubois and George Enescu, he is remembered as...

Today is Russian Pianist Evgeny Kissin’s 46th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin’s 46th birthday. He is widely regarded as one of today's foremost virtuosi musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0U73NRSIkw&autohide=1 EVGENY...

Canadian Pianist Glenn Gould Died On This Day in 1982 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Canadian pianist Glenn Gould died, from a stroke, on this day in 1982 – aged just 50. Despite having stopped giving concerts at the age...

Polish Composer & Pianist Karol Szymanowski Born On This Day in 1882 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish composer and pianist Karol Szymanowski was born on this day in 1882. Remembered as one of the eminent Polish composers of the 20th Century,...

Russian-American Classical Pianist Vladimir Horowitz Born On This Day in 1903 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-American classical pianist Vladimir Horowitz was born on this day in 1903 - 114 years ago. Dying in 1989, he is remembered as one of...

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin Born On This Day [ON THIS DAY]

American composer and pianist George Gershwin was born on this day in 1898 – 119 years ago. Dying in 1937, aged just 38, Gershwin's signature works include 'Rhapsody in Blue',...

Hungarian Composer Béla Bartók Died On This Day in 1945 [ON THIS DAY]

Hungarian composer and pianist Béla Bartók died on this day in 1945 – aged 64. Remembered as one of the most influential composers of the 20th Century, Bartok made...

German Virtuoso Pianist & Composer Clara Schumann Born On This Day in 1819 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German virtuoso pianist and composer Clara Schumann was born in this day in 1819. The wife of composer Robert Schumann, she is remembered as one...

Norwegian Composer & Pianist Edvard Grieg Died On This Day in 1907 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Norwegian composer and pianist Edvard Grieg died on this day in 1907 – aged 64. Heavily influenced by his native folk music, Grieg's signature works include his Piano...

Conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch 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...

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...

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...

Composer & Pianist George Gershwin Died On This Day in 1937 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American composer and pianist George Gershwin died on this day in 1937 – 80 years ago. Gershwin’s signature works include ‘Rhapsody in Blue’, ‘An American in Paris’...

Today is Pianist and Conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy’s 80th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian-Icelandic piano virtuoso and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy’s 80th birthday. A student of Lev Oborin and Boris Zemliansky, Maestro Ashkenazy is a former prize...

Today is Polish-American Pianist Emanuel Ax’s 68th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Polish-American pianist Emanuel Ax’s 68th birthday! Mr Ax is a former 1st prize winner of the Rubinstein International Piano Competition - and former...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | Lang Lang – Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2, 1995, 13 Years Old [VIDEO]

Incredible 1995 archival footage of the then 13 year old pianist Lang Lang's 1st prize winning performance in the final of the International Tchaikovsky Competition...

VC LIVE | VC Facebook Livestream – Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers & Pianist Akira Eguchi [LIVE]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and pianist Akira Eguchi at the 92nd Street Y in New York City – for a fun Facebook live Q&A...

VC LIVE | VC Facebook Livestream – Lara St. John & Matt Herskowitz [LIVE]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with violinist Lara St. John and pianist Matt Herskowitz for a fun Facebook live Q&A session with their fans – live from New...

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

American violinist and pianist Louis Persinger was born on this day in 1887 – 130 years ago. His famed students included Yehudi Menuhin, Ruggiero Ricci,...

Classical Pianist Calls for Shorter Concerts to Pull New Audiences

Out-spoken British classical pianist, Stephen Hough has today called for classical concerts to be dramatically shortened - in order to attract younger audiences. “The performance...

George Gershwin Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

American composer and pianist George Gershwin died on this day in 1937 – 75 years ago. Gershwin’s signature works include ‘Rhapsody in Blue’, ‘An American in...

Husband Found Guilty of Murdering Pianist Natalia Strelchenko

48 year old John Martin has been found guilty, in a Manchester Court of murdering Russian-born Norwegian concert pianist, Natalia Strelchenko – in the...

Remembering Pianist Arthur Rubinstein – Born On This Day 129 Years Ago [ON-THIS-DAY]

Preeminent Polish-American pianist Arthur Rubinstein was born on this day in 1887 – 129 years ago. Passing away in 1982, aged 95, he is remembered as...

New York Phil Adds Young Pianist Daniil Trifonov to Board of Directors

The New York Philharmonic has today announced Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov as their newest addition to the orchestra’s Board of Directors. The 24 year old virtuoso will...

Russian-Norwegian Concert Pianist Found Murdered in Britain

Russian-born Norwegian concert pianist Natalia Strelchenko has been found dead, in her home in Manchester, United Kingdom. A graduate of the St Petersburg State Conservatory...

Acclaimed Czech Pianist Ivan Moravec Has Died – Aged 84 [VIDEO]

Acclaimed Czech concert pianist Ivan Moravec has passed away from pneumonia – aged 84. A graduate of the Prague Conservatory, during his 65+ year performance...

VC BUZZ | Young Girl Performs Piano Whilst Sleep Walking [MUST SEE]

An incredible viral video, receiving more than 200,000 YouTube views in its first few days, has surfaced of a child performing piano whilst apparently...