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    10 things you need to know about Eugène Ysaÿe


    Thomas Kemp shares some key facts about the 20th-century composer and violinist

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    Chinese violinist Zhongguo Sheng dies aged 77


    The international star inspired a generation of young violinists and was active in music societies across China

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    Remembering Henryk Szeryng


    To mark the 100th anniversary of the Polish-Mexican virtuoso’s birth, Henryk Szeryng’s widow Waltraud shares her memories of a man who dedicated all aspects of his life to exactitude. Interview by Julian Haylock

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    Niccolò Paganini

    Niccolò Paganini was born in Genoa, Italy, Oct 27, 1782 and is considered by many to be one of the greatest violinists of all time. The young musician first received lessons from his father and later from the most reputable teachers

  • Ruggiero ricci

    Ruggiero Ricci

    Born in California to Italian parents, the American violinist Ruggiero Ricci started the violin aged seven, studying with Louis Persinger and Elizabeth Lackey. He gave his first public performance aged 10 in San Francisco, where he playe

  • Vadim repin

    Vadim Repin

    Vadim Repin was born in Novosibirsk, Western Siberia in 1971. His association with the violin came about by chance when his mother took him to a music course to study the accordion, but the only place left was on the violin course. A child pro

  • Pinchas zukerman

    Pinchas Zukerman

    Performing on both violin and viola, Pinchas Zukerman was part of a circle of prodigious young musicians including Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Itzhak Perlman and Jacqueline du Pré. Born in Israel in 1948 to parents who had moved t

  • Nikolaj znaider

    Nikolaj Znaider

    Soloist, conductor and chamber musician, Nikolaj Znaider studied with the Russian pedagogue Boris Kuschnir and, in 1997, won one of the most highly respected violin prizes: the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels. He now performs r

  • Viktoria mullova

    Viktoria Mullova

    Viktoria Mullova was born in Zhukovsky, near Moscow, in Soviet Russia. She studied at the Central Music School of Moscow and the Moscow Conservatory and forged an international reputation after winning first prize at the 1980 Sibeliu

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    Nathan Milstein

    Celebrated for his technical ease, aristocratic poise, mellifluous bowing and tonal perfection, Nathan Milstein sustained a professional career at the highest level into his early 80s. Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Milstein began his musica