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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...

18 Year Old Donghyun Kim Awarded 1st Prize at Seoul International Violin Comp

18 year old South Korean violinist Donghyun Kim has been awarded 1st prize at the 2018 Seoul International Violin Competition – in Seoul, South...

SAD NEWS | Slovenia’s Ljubljana Music Academy Dean Dejan Bravničar Has Died

Slovenian violinist and pedagogue Dejan Bravničar has passed away - aged 81. A graduate of the Ljubljana Music Academy, Moscow Conservatory and Accademia Nazionale di...

VC YOUNG ARTIST | Nancy Zhou, 25 – 2018 Harbin International Violin Competition 1st Prize

25 year old American violinist Nancy Zhou is quickly building an international reputation as an emerging young soloist of outstanding potential.  A graduate of Harvard...

MEET THE PROS | Violinist Lisa Batiashvili – VC 20 Questions [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Georgian violin virtuoso Lisa Batiashvili. We sat her down for a fun game of VC 20 Questions –...

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...

American Violinist Joseph Silverstein Born On This Day in 1932 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violinist and conductor Joseph Silverstein was born on this day in 1932. Mr Silverstein was a former prize winner at the Queen Elisabeth and...

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...

VC WEB BLOG | Violinist Kristine Balanas – ‘Being Prepared for the Unexpected to Happen on Stage’ [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with 2017 ARD International Violin Competition prize winner, Latvian violinist Kristine Balanas. In a VC-exclusive blog, Kristine shares her first-hand advice...

Violinist I-Hao Lee Appointed to Chicago’s DePaul University Teaching Faculty

The DePaul University School of Music, in Chicago, has today announced the appointment of Taiwanese-American violinist I-Hao Lee to its teaching faculty - effective from the...

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...

VERY SAD NEWS | Broadway Violinist & Hair Stylist Blair Lawhead Has Died [RIP]

American Broadway violinist and hair stylist Blair Lawhead has died from a heart attack in New York City - aged 55. A graduate of the Manhattan School...

New Itzhak Perlman Documentary to be Released at over 70 U.S. Theaters Nationwide

It has been announced that the new documentary film, ‘Itzhak’, about the life of violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, is to be released in coming weeks...

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...

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,...

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...

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,...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY | VC Artist Bomsori Kim – Joachim International Violin Competition, Hannover [2012]

Archival performance of the then 22 year old VC Artist Bomsori Kim - in the Final of the 2012 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition, in...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Julian Rachlin – Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, 20 Years old [1995]

Never-before-uploaded archival performance of the then 20 year old violinist Julian Rachlin performing Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto - with conductor Lorin Maazel and the Pittsburgh...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | VC Young Artist Timothy Chooi – Menuhin Competition [2014]

Archival performance of the then 20 year old VC Young Artist Timothy Chooi - performing Ravel's 'Tzigane' in the Semi-Final of the 2014 Menuhin...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Pizzicato Madness by Violinist Dmitry Rotkin [WHOA]

Russian violinist Dmitry Rotkin performing his original composition - the spirited, fast fingered ‘Mad Fingers Pizzicato’ ... as captured on a GoPro camera ... https://youtu.be/8yf31HO8PnI?t=4s DMITRY ROTKIN...

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...

VC DESERT ISLAND DOWNLOADS | Experimental Violinist, Patricia Kopatchinskaja – ‘5 Recordings I Can’t Live Without’

The Violin Channel recently caught up with boundary-pushing Moldovan-Austrian-Swiss violin virtuoso Patricia Kopatchinskaja - for a fun game of VC Desert Island Downloads.  We sat her down to...

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 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,...

Play-Direct Violinist Roberto Gonzalez-Monjas Signed to IMG Artists

IMG Artists, London, has this week announced the signing of 29 year old Spanish violinist and conductor Roberto González-Monjas to their roster - for...

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...

VERY SAD NEWS | Royal Danish Academy of Music Violin Professor Serguei Azizian Has Died

Armenian-born violinist Serguei Azizian has passed away in Copenhagen, from cancer - aged 60. A graduate of the Leningrad Conservatory, Professor Azizian was a former...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Janine Jansen – Bruch Violin Concerto, Concertgebouw [2018]

Dutch violin virtuoso Janine Jansen performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor - with conductor Daniele Gatti and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Recorded...

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...

Influential Austrian Violin Pedagogue Jakob Dont Born on This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian violin virtuoso and pedagogue Jakob Dont was born on this day in 1815. Dying in 1888, Dont is remembered in history as one of the most...

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...

SAD NEWS | Hungarian Film Score Composer & Violinist László Melis Has Died

Hungarian film score composer and violinist László Melis has passed away - aged 65. A graduate of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, in Budapest, Hungary,...

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...

MEET THE PROS | Violinist & Pedagogue Charles Castleman – VC 20 Questions [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with respected American violinist and former long-term Eastman School of Music violin pedagogue, Mr Charles Castleman. We sat him down...

Today is VC Young Artist Kerson Leong’s 21st Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is VC Young Artist Kerson Leong’s 21st birthday! A student of Augustin Dumay at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth, Kerson is a former Junior 1st...

American Violinist Guila Bustabo was Born on This Day in 1916 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Celebrated American violinist Guila Bustabo was born on this day in 1916 – 102 years ago. A student of Leon Sametini and Louis Persinger, she...

VC WEB BLOG | VC Young Artist Timothy Chooi – ‘My Experience on the Astral Artists Roster’ [BLOG]

With the applications set to close on March 7th for the 2018 Astral Artists National Auditions, VC recently caught up with 2016 1st prize winner, VC...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Viktoria Mullova & Charles Abramovic – Brahms Violin Sonata No. 3 [1989]

Incredible never-before-uploaded 1989 performance by the then 29 year old violin virtuoso Viktoria Mullova performing Brahms’ Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor – with pianist Charles...

English Violinist Albert Sammons was Born on This Day in 1886 [ON-THIS-DAY]

English violin virtuoso Albert Sammons was born on this day in 1886 – 132 years ago. Largely a self-taught violinist, he is remembered particularly for...

Violinist & Pedagogue Efrem Zimbalist Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-born violin virtuoso, pedagogue and composer Efrem Zimbalist died on this day in 1985 – aged 94. A student of Leopold Auer, he is remembered as...

Founding Takács Quartet Violinist Károly Schranz to Retire After 43 Years

The Takács Quartet has today announced long-time 2nd violinist and founding member Károly Schranz is set to retire from the ensemble on the 30th of...

VERY SAD NEWS | Unorthodox Polish Violin Virtuoso Anna Karkowska Has Passed Away

Polish-born American violinist Anna Karkowska has died from breast cancer - aged just 36. A graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Violinist Erick Friedman – Lalo ‘Symphonie Espagnole’ [1974]

Incredible never-before-released 1974 archival video of American violin virtuoso Erick Friedman performing Lalo's 'Symphonie Espagnole' - with conductor Kurt Masur and the Orchestre Philharmonique de...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Violinist Henning Kraggerud – ‘Winter’ from Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ [2017]

Norwegian violin virtuoso Henning Kraggerud leading the students of the Royal Northern College of Music, in Manchester, England, in a performance of 'Winter' from...

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

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

VERY SAD NEWS | French Jazz Fusion Violinist Didier Lockwood Has Died Suddenly – Aged 62

French jazz fusion, rock and electric violinist and composer Didier Lockwood has died suddenly from a heart attack - aged 62. "His wife, his three...