• Carl Nielsen International Competition

    Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider talks about the Carl Nielsen competition


    In this video, president and former winner of the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition, Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, talks us through the ways in which he is trying to bring something special to the contest.

  • Kyung Wha-Chung

    An interview with Kyung Wha Chung in 1974


    In this television interview with Humphrey Burton the legendary violinist talks about life on the road, the reasons she loves her Guarneri violin and the awkwardness of listening to her own recordings - amongst other things.

  • Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja on playing Pierrot Lunaire


    Here Patricia Kopatchinskaja talks about playing Pierrot Lunaire, a project the violinist first conceived while she was unable to practise due to an arm injury. ‘All my life I’ve felt that I was Pierrot. Whenever I played the piece on my violin as a student which I I spoke the ...

  • With Nicky Vibrato Part 2

    'With Nicky': Vibrato Part 2


    Following on from last week’s episode in her series of video tutorials, Nicola Benedetti is onto Vibrato Part 2, in which she progresses from easier to slightly harder vibrato exercises. She focuses on how to put some of last week’s exercises into practice with one of the most popular pieces ...

  • Ysaye 2

    10 things you need to know about Eugène Ysaÿe


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

  • Sheng Zhongguo

    Chinese violinist Zhongguo Sheng dies aged 77


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

  • Szeryng 1

    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

  • Niccolo paganini

    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 in Genoa. In 1801 Paganini travelled ...

  • 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 played worked by Vieuxtemps and Wieniawski, and soon afterwards he made ...

  • 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 prodigy, he won ...