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VC ARTIST | Timothy Chooi, 25 – Hannover & Queen Elisabeth Comp Top Prizes

25-year-old Canadian violinist Timothy Chooi has firmly established an international reputation as a young virtuoso of exceptional promise – praised for his maturity, presence...

Edward Elgar’s Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day in 1910 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Edward Elgar's Violin Concerto in B Minor Op. 61 premiered on this day in 1910. The first performance was given by Fritz Kreisler - with...

Violinist & Pedagogue Felix Galimir Died On This Day in 1999 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian-born American violinist and pedagogue, Felix Galimir died on this day in 1999 – aged 89. A student of Adolf Bak, Simon Pullman and Carl...

Brahms’ Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major Premiered On This Day in 1879 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Brahms' Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major Op. 78 premiered on this day in 1879 - in Bonn. A much loved standard in today's...

Soviet Violin Virtuoso Boris Goldstein Died On This Day in 1987 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Soviet violin virtuoso Boris Goldstein died on this day in 1987 – aged 65. A former prize winner at the Wieniawski and Queen Elisabeth International...

Polish Violinist Josef Hassid Died On This Day in 1950 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish violinist Josef Hassid died on this day in 1950 – aged just 26. Battling schizophrenia for much of his adult life, Mr Hassid...

Russian Violin Virtuoso Julian Sitkovetsky Was Born On This Day in 1925 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian violin virtuoso Julian Sitkovetsky was born on this day in 1925. Dying aged just 32 from lung cancer, David Oistrakh once suggested that had...

Scottish-Born Violin Virtuoso Henri Temianka Died On This Day in 1992 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Scottish-born violin virtuoso Henri Temianka died on this day in 1992 – aged 85. A student of Jules Boucherit and Carl Flesch, he was...

French Composer Gabriel Fauré Died On This Day in 1924 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French composer Gabriel Fauré died on this day in 1924 – aged 79. He is remembered as one of the most prominent French composers of...

György Ligeti Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day In 1990 [ON-THIS-DAY]

György Ligeti Violin Concerto premiered on this day in 1990. The first performance was given by German-Bulgarian virtuoso, Saschko Gawriloff. The 5 movement work, representative of the composer's...

Jewish-Austrian Violin Virtuoso Erika Morini Died On This Day in 1995 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Jewish-Austrian violin virtuoso Erika Morini died on this day in 1995 – aged 91. A protege of Otakar Ševčík, Ms Morini is remembered as one...

Today is Israeli Violinist Shlomo Mintz’s 62nd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian-born Israeli violinist Shlomo Mintz's 62nd birthday. A prodigy of Ilona Fehér and Dorothy DeLay, he made his solo debut with the Israel Philharmonic...

Today is Greek Violin Virtuoso Leonidas Kavakos’ 52nd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Greek violin virtuoso Leonidas Kavakos' 52nd birthday. A former 1st prize winner at Sibelius, Naumburg and Paganini International Violin Competitions, he is widely respected...

Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1 Premiered On This Day in 1955 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Dmitri Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor Op. 99 premiered on this day in 1955. The first performance was given by David Oistrakh...

Violin Pedagogue Josef Gingold Born On This Day in 1909 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-born American violinist and teacher Josef Gingold was born on this day in 1909. A student of Vladimir Graffman and Eugène Ysaÿe, Mr Gingold...

Today is Violin Pedagogue Boris Kuschnir’s 71st Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Austrian violinist and pedagogue Boris Kuschnir's 71st birthday. A graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, Professor Kuschnir currently holds teaching positions at the Konservatorium...

Today is VC Artist Angelo Xiang Yu’s 29th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Chinese violin virtuoso, VC Artist Angelo Xiang Yu’s 29th birthday! A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Angelo is a former prize...

Italian Violinist & Composer Niccolò Paganini Was Born On This Day in 1782 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini was born on this day in 1782. Dying in 1840, Paganini is remembered as one of the most celebrated...

Italian Violin Virtuoso Camillo Sivori Was Born On This Day in 1815 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian violin virtuoso and composer Camillo Sivori was born on this day in 1815. He is remembered in history as Paganini's only student.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuV4E_06B28&showinfo=0&autohide=1 MAURO TORTORELLI &...

Today is Japanese-Born Violin Virtuoso Midori’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Japanese-born American violin virtuoso Midori’s birthday. A recognized child prodigy, she made her professional solo debut with the New York Philharmonic aged just...

Legendary Soviet Violin Virtuoso David Oistrakh Died On This Day in 1974 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Soviet violin virtuoso David Oistrakh died on this day in 1974 – aged 66. He is widely celebrated as one of the preeminent violinists...

Stravinsky Violin Concerto Premiered On This Day in 1931 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Igor Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto in D premiered on this day in 1931. The first performance was given by Samuel Dushkin - with Stravinsky conducting the...

Today is American-Canadian Violin Virtuoso Leila Josefowicz’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American-Canadian violin virtuoso Leila Josefowicz's birthday! A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Leila began her international career performing with the...

Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin and Cello Premiered On This Day in 1887 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Johannes Brahms’ Double Concerto in A Minor Op. 102 for violin, cello and orchestra premiered on this day in 1887. The first performance was given...

American Composer & Conductor Leonard Bernstein Died On This Day in 1990 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein died on this day in 1990 – aged 72. He is remembered as one of the most prodigiously talented...

Dutch Violinist Theo Olof Died On This Day in 2012 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Dutch violinist Theo Olof died on this day in 2012 - aged 88. A student of Oskar Back, Mr Olof was former prize winner at...

French Composer Camille Saint-Saëns Was Born On This Day in 1835 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French composer Camille Saint-Saëns was born on this day in 1835. Dying in 1921, his signature works include The Carnival of the Animals, Danse Macabre, Samson and Delilah, his...

Polish-Born Violinist Michel Schwalbé Died On This Day in 2012 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish-born violinist Michel Schwalbé died on this day in 2012 – aged 92. A student of Moritz Frenkel, George Enescu and Jules Boucherit, he...

Today is Violinist, VC Artist Charles Yang’s 31st Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is violinist, VC Artist Charles Yang’s 31st birthday! A graduate of The Juilliard School, Charles is very quickly building an impressive online following –...

NEW MUSIC TUESDAY | Composer Andrei Pushkarev – Prokofiev 1st Violin Sonata (Arr. Violin, Strings & Percussion) [PREMIERE]

Swiss violinist Sebastian Bohren performing the world-premiere performance of Ukrainian composer Andrei Pushkarev’s new arrangement of Prokofiev’s Violin & Piano Sonata No. 1 Op. 80...

Violin Maker Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume Was Born on This Day in 1798 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French violin maker Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume was born on this day in 1798. Widely regarded as one of the eminent stringed instrument makers of all time, Vuillaume's...

Today is British Violinist Chloe Hanslip’s 32nd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is British violinist Chloe Hanslip’s 32nd birthday. A protege of Natasha Boyarskaya and Zakhar Bron, Chloë is a former prize winner at the Novosibirsk...

Today is Violinist & Conductor Dmitry Sitkovetsky’s 65th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian-born American violinist and conductor Dmitry Sitkovetsky’s 65th birthday. The son of the late Julian Sitkovetsky, he has performed and recorded extensively with...

Today is Italian Violin Virtuoso Salvatore Accardo’s 78th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Italian violin virtuoso Salvatore Accardo’s 78th birthday. A former 1st prize winner at the Geneva and Paganini International Violin Competitions - Maestro Accardo...

Belgian Composer Andre Gretry Died On This Day in 1813 [ON THIS DAY]

Belgian composer Andre Gretry died on this day in 1813. Although known primarily as an operatic composer, Gretry holds a notable place in the violin repertoire -...

Violinist & Pedagogue Jacques Mazas Was Born On This Day in 1782 [ON THIS DAY]

French violinist, composer and pedagogue Jacques Mazas was born on this day in 1782. A student of Pierre Baillot, Mazas is remembered in history for his technique-building studies, etudes...

Violin Virtuoso Henryk Szeryng Was Born On This Day in 1918 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish-born Mexican violin virtuoso, diplomat, pedagogue and philanthropist Henryk Szeryng was born on this day in 1918. A student of Maurice Frenkel, Carl Flesch and...

Violinist Isaac Stern Died On This Day in 2001 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish-born American violinist Isaac Stern died on this day in 2001 – aged 81. He is remembered as one of the finest violinists for the...

Tchaikovsky’s ‘Valse-Scherzo’ Premiered On This Day in 1878 [ON THIS DAY]

Tchaikovsky's violin showpiece, Valse-Scherzo Op. 34 premiered on this day in 1878 – 140 years ago. The first performance was given by Polish violin virtuoso, Stanislaw Barcewicz. The Valse-Scherzo is...

Canadian Violin Virtuoso Kathleen Parlow Was Born On This Day in 1890 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Canadian violin virtuoso Kathleen Parlow was born on this day in 1890. Ms Parlow is remembered as one of the eminent female soloists of the...

Spanish Violinist & Composer Pablo de Sarasate Died On This Day in 1908 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Spanish violinist and composer Pablo de Sarasate died on this day in 1908, from chronic bronchitis - aged 64. Remembered as one of the eminent...

French Violinist Zino Francescatti Died On This Day in 1991 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French violinist Rene-Charles 'Zino' Francescatti died on this day in 1991 – aged 89. Maestro Francescatti is remembered as one of the finest violin virtuosi...

Today is Violinist & Pedagogue Miriam Fried’s Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Romanian-born Israeli violinist and pedagogue Miriam Fried's 73rd birthday! A protege of Josef Gingold and Ivan Galamian, Ms Fried is a former 1st prize...

Man Arrested In Connection With a Stolen Violin From a London Train

A 38-year-old man, in London, has this week been arrested on suspicion of theft - following the robbery of a valuable violin on June...

VC ARTIST | Paul Huang – Avery Fisher & Lincoln Center Award Recipient

Taiwanese-American VC Artist Paul Huang is building an impressive international reputation for his eloquent music making​, distinctive sound and effortless virtuosity. ​A graduate of...

AUDITION | Vienna Symphony Orchestra – ‘1st Concertmaster’ Position [APPLY]

The Vienna Symphony Orchestra in Vienna, Austria, is currently accepting applications for the 1st Concertmaster position. Applications to be received by September 18th, 2019. For further details, visit:...

Today is VC Young Artist Johan Dalene’s 19th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Swedish violinist, VC Young Artist Johan Dalene’s 19th birthday. A student of Per Enoksson at the Royal College of Music, in Stockholm, Johan...

AUDITION | Singapore Symphony – ‘Section 1st Violin’ Position [APPLY]

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra in Singapore is currently accepting applications for a Section 1st Violin position. Applications to be received by August 23rd, 2019. For further details,...