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Broadway Bach Ensemble

Broadway Bach Ensemble Performing Free Classical Concert On Sunday February 7 with Violinist Yaegy Park >>

The Broadway Bach Ensemble will be putting on another free concert this Sunday, February 7. The no cost classical concert will feature music from Bach, Beethoven, Milhaud and Poulenc. The event will also feature special guest violinist Yaegy Park. Park got her start at the age of 4 when became the youngest member to every join the Houston Young Artist foundation. The Broadway Bach Ensemble’s Principal Conductor and music director Michael F. Tietz conducts the 50-piece orchestra of community chamber professionals.

The Kids Are Alright: 'Joshua Bell: A YoungArts Masterclass' Showcases Young Talent and Bell's Endless Pursuit to Inspire

Violinist Joshua Bell Performing at BSO 100th Anniversary Concert: Gershwin & Bernstein Featured >>

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is turning 100 this February, and they are bringing back famed American violinist, Joshua Bell, to help them celebrate. Bell, alongside conductor Marin Alsop, will be performing sections from Gershwin, Bernstein and many more at their centennial anniversary concert. Electronica composer Mason Bates will also perform his signature piece, 'Mothership.'

Violinist Jennifer Kim Subject of Haste After Insensitive Amtrak Tweet

Violinist Jennifer Kim Subject of Hate After Insensitive Amtrak Tweet >>

Having been the subject of much hate for an insensitive Tweet, violinisit Jennifer Kim has come under scrutiny after typing 'Thanks a lot for derailing my train. Can I please get my violin back from the 2nd car of the train?'

Lindsey Stirling

Lindsey Stirling Forced to Change Venues After Overwhelming Ticket Demand >>

The people just can’t seem to get enough of charismatic dancing violinist, Lindsey Stirling. An overwhelming demand for the star's concert in Missoula, Montana has forced her to change venues to keep up with the high ticket sales.

Itamar Zorman

Itamar Zorman Releases Debut Album, 'Portrait,' on Feb. 10, Kwan Yi Featured >>

Violinist Itamar Zorman’s debut album, Portrait, will be released in the U.S. by Profil Hänssler on February 10. Award winning Korean pianist Kwan Yi, will perform alongside Zorman on the new album.

Nicola Benedetti

Violinist Nicola Benedetti Performs at SubCulture >>

World-renowned violinist, Nicola Benedetti, will be performing at the 2014/2015 season at SubCulture.

Sarah Chang

Violinist Sarah Change Takes Up Residency With New Jersey Symphony Orchestra >>

Renowned violinist Sarah Chang has taken up a two-week residency with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra from January 16- 25. Chang will perform Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story Suite in all six of the NJSO venues statewide.

David Radzynski

American Violinist David Radzynski, 28, Voted Concertmaster of Israel Philharmonic Orchestra >>

American violinist David Radzynski, 28, has been announced as the new concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Radzynski is from Columbus, Ohio, and was selected following an audition that ended Dec. 19 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Radzynski will assume his position in March 2015. Thirty violinists were invited to compete for the position through a pre-screening process by the orchestra. He was one of the four finalists and earned the appointment after performing Johannes Brahms’s “Violin Concerto” alongside the Israel Philharmonic and maestro Zubin Mehta. After only five minutes of deliberation, the jury voted him the unanimous winner. “I am still trying to digest all that is happening. It is such an incredible honor,” said Radzynski, a graduate student who was pursuing an artist diploma in violin performance at Park University’s International Center for Music.

David Garrett

'The Devil's Violinist' Starring David Garrett as Niccolò Paganini Comes to US Theaters >>

“The Devil’s Violinist” starring violinist David Garrett, has been picked up by Freestyle Digital Media, Freestyle Releasing and Stryker Entertainment. The film will finally be released in the U.S. theaters, after only being released to European audiences in October.

Leah Flynn

[EXCLUSIVE] 7-Year-Old Violinist Leah Flynn Speaks About Missouri >>

Amid all the chaos and turbulence that has been surrounding Missouri towns in recent weeks after the shooting and death of Michael Brown, one little girl is striving to make a difference. Leah Flynn, the 7-year-old violinist who has made national headlines with her plea for peace in Ferguson, has gotten the opportunity to use her music to help people who are still hurting from the tragic events. I recently spoke to Leah and her mother, Paula Flynn, about Leah’s idea to travel to Missouri, her trip and what she plans to do now that she is an Internet sensation. Speaking to Leah, who is from Sanford, Florida, it becomes clear that her main goal is to surround people with love and happiness using her talent as a violinist. “Normally, when I play for people at church or school, they’re always happy when I’m done playing,” says Leah. This idea is what led her to want to travel to Ferguson in the wake of all the turmoil. After viewing the violence and protests happening in Ferguson shortly after the shooting and death of Brown, 18, by Police Officer Darren Wilson, Leah felt that she wanted to do something to help the suffering town. “She said to me, ‘Mom, what’s going on?’ And I explained to her, because I have to — I told her what’s going,” her mother told WOFL. “She said, ‘But it's not right these people look so sad; maybe I could do something for them.”

Lindsey Stirling

Lindsey Stirling Featured in Ovation's Music Doc Series >>

Internet sensation and billboard topper Lindsey Stirling was the focus of "Song by Song," a documentary music series which premiered on Ovation TV Tuesday, Dec. 9. The first part of the two-part episode featured her song “Crystallize” while an episode on Dec. 16 will focus on another chart-topper: “Elements.” Known as an electronic violinist, dancer and composer, the Gilbert, Arizona, native first rose to popularity after her appearance on the incredibly popular "America’s Got Talent" in 2010. Though she did not win the competition, the exposure helped her to become a YouTube sensation in 2012, when her song “Crystallize” became one of the top 10 most-watched videos of the year, with more than 42 million views and more than 5.5 million subscribers. The series takes an in-depth look at two of Stirling's biggest hits, with behind-the-scenes insights from renowned choreographer Laurianne Gibson; the Grammy-winning lead singer of Halestrom, Lzzy Hale; and singer-songwriter Dia Frampton, as well as "Billboard's" Andrew Hampp, "Rolling Stone's" David Wild and YouTube's Margaret Hart. Viewers will also hear intimate, behind-the-scenes stories from Stirling and her sister Brooke, as well as her drummer Drew Steen, keyboardist Jason Gaviati and tour manager Erich Jackson.

Kyung Wha Chung

[UPDATE] Kyung Wha Chung Responds to Drama Surrounding Recent Concert >>

Kyung Wha Chung, who made headlines all over the world last week after berating a child who was coughing at her concert, has responded to all the media hoopla that has been surrounding her surprising remarks.

Kyung Wha Chung

Violinist Kyung Wha Chung Yells at Coughing Child During Performance >>

World-renowned violinist Kyung Wha Chung sent audience members into an awkward frenzy after publicly berating the parents of a coughing child during her performance at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Chung, from South Korea, is hailed as a violin prodigy but has been retired for some time, partly due to a finger injury. This show was her first London performance in 12 years. But during this show, the 66-year-old violinist lashed out at a child who was coughing during her performance of Mozart’s "Sonata in G." “Maybe bring her back when she’s older,” she rebuked to the child’s parents. Then, audience members say, she continued looking back in the general direction of the coughing child for the next 20 minutes. Anna Picard, music critic for "The Times," said the atmosphere in the hall had already been tense, such was the anticipation surrounding the violinist's comeback.

Leah Flynn

Violinist, 7, Wants to Play for Peace, Stop Violence in Ferguson >>

Leah Flynn, a 7-year-old violinist from Sanford, Florida, is hoping to play her violin for peace in the torn town of Ferguson, Missouri. Flynn, who is only in second-grade, has been playing the violin since she was 5 and practices daily with her father. She has performed as a soloist at many different concerts and venues. After viewing the violence and protest happening in Ferguson shortly after the shooting and death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Police Officer Darren Wilson, the talented child felt that she wanted to do something to help the suffering town. “She said to me, ‘Mom, what’s going on?’ And I explained to her, because I have to — I told her what’s going,” her mother Paula Flynn told WOFL. “She said, ‘But it's not right these people look so sad; maybe I could do something for them.”

Itamar Zorman

REVIEW: Itamar Zorman and Kwan Yi at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall >>

Zorman used his Distinctive Debuts concert to establish his bona fides as a musician dedicated to the full expanse of classical and modern classical music.

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