Wednesday, December 8, 2021

ON THIS DAY | Violinist George Enescu Born On This Day in 1881

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  Romanian violinist, composer, and conductor George Enescu was born on this day in 1881. His famed students included Yehudi Menuhin, Christian Ferras, Ivry Gitlis, Arthur Grumiaux,...

ON THIS DAY | Happy Birthday Vilde Frang!

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  Norwegian violin virtuoso Vilde Frang was born on this day 35 years ago. A graduate of the Barratt Due Institute of Music, Hochschule für Musik und...

ON THIS DAY | Happy Birthday Violinist Daniel Hope!

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  The British violinist was born on this day 48 years ago. A former student of Zakhar Bron, he is now Artistic Director of the Frauenkirche Cathedral...

ON THIS DAY | Violinist & Pedagogue Joseph Joachim Died in 1907

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  Joachim was the dedicatee of the Bruch, Brahms, Schumann, and Dvorak Violin Concerti. He is also credited with the revival in popularity of Bach’s Solo Sonatas...

ON THIS DAY | Conductor Georges Prêtre Was Born in 1924

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  French orchestral and operatic conductor Georges Prêtre was born on this day in 1924. Throughout his seven-decade career, he led many of the world’s finest orchestras...

ON THIS DAY | American Composer John Cage Died in 1992

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  American composer, music theorist, writer, and artist John Cage died on this day in 1992, aged 79. A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music,...

ON THIS DAY | Czech Conductor Rafael Kubelik Died in 1996

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  Legendary Czech-born Swiss conductor Rafael Kubelik died on this day in 1996, aged 82. The son of Bohemian violin virtuoso Jan Kubelik, Rafael Kubelik served...

ON THIS DAY | French Violinist Ginette Neveu Was Born 102 Years Ago

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  French virtuoso violinist Ginette Neveu was born on this day in 1919. A student of Jules Boucherit, George Enescu, and Carl Flesch, Neveu achieved worldwide fame...

ON THIS DAY | German Composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann Died in 1970

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  Zimmerman passed away by suicide on this day 51 years ago. He was 52 years old. Zimmermann’s signature work is his opera "Die Soldaten," which...

ON THIS DAY | Russian Composer & Pianist Dmitri Shostakovich Died in 1975

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  Soviet-Russian composer and piano virtuoso Dmitri Shostakovich died on this day in 1975, aged 68. One of the prominent figures of 20th-century Western art music,...

ON THIS DAY | Violin Virtuoso Zino Francescatti Was Born in 1902

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  French violin virtuoso René-Charles “Zino” Francescatti was born on this day in 1902. Remembered as one of the finest violin virtuosi of the 20th century, Francescatti was...

ON THIS DAY | Cellist & Composer David Popper Died in 1913

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  Bohemian cellist and composer David Popper died at age 70. A student of Julius Goltermann, David Popper's compositions include four cello concertos, a Requiem for three...

ON THIS DAY | Austrian Violinist Max Rostal Died in 1991

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  Austrian-born violinist and pedagogue Max Rostal died at age 86. He served distinguished teaching positions on faculty at the Berlin University of Music, Guildhall School...

ON THIS DAY | American Cellist Gregor Piatigorsky Died in 1976

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  Russian-born American cellist Gregor Piatigorsky died on this day in 1976, aged 73. Before leaving to pursue a wildly successful solo career, Piatigorsky served principal...

ON THIS DAY | Austrian Conductor Erich Kleiber Was Born in 1890

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  Austrian conductor Erich Kleiber was born on this day in 1890. Kleiber studied at the Prague Conservatory and served prominent conducting positions with the Berlin...

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