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Samuel Barber (1910-1981 : U.S.A) Conductor: Hugh Wolff Ensemble: St.Paul Chamber Orchestra Soloists: Hilary Hahn Record label: SONY Catalogue ID: SK 89029

Samuel Barber (1910-1981 : U.S.A) Conductor: Kristjan Jarvi Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra Soloists: Mikhail Simonyan Record label: Deutsche Grammophon Catalogue ID: 477 9827

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791 : Austria) Conductor: James MacMillan Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Soloists: Nicola Benedetti Record label: Classic FM Catalogue ID: 4800249

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791 : Austria) Conductor: James Levine Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Soloists: Itzhak Perlman Record label: Deutsche Grammophon Catalogue ID: 4455352

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791 : Austria) Conductor: Neville Marriner Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Soloists: Anne-Sophie Mutter Record label: EMI Catalogue ID: 5628252

Felix Mendelssohn Conductor: Daniel Harding Ensemble: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra Soloists: Ray Chen Record label: Sony Classical Catalogue ID: 8869 7984102

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847 : Germany) Conductor: James MacMillan Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Soloists: Nicola Benedetti Record label: Deutsche Grammophon Catalogue ID: 4763159

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847 : Germany) Conductor: Kurt Masur Ensemble: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra Soloists: Maxim Vengerov Record label: Teldec Catalogue ID: 4509 908752

Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840 : Italy) Conductor: Eiji Oue Ensemble: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra Soloists: Hilary Hahn Record label: Deutsche Grammophon Catalogue ID: 4776232

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A Stradivarius violin (not pictured) has been found 78 years after it was looted by Nazi soldiers

Long-lost Stradivarius violin stolen by Nazis during Second World War found in France

Sesame Street Itzhak Perlman

This Sesame Street sketch with violinist Itzhak Perlman teaches us everything about being human

The stolen Gagliano violin (not pictured) was retrieved by police in a recent raid, 3 years after it first went missing

Stolen €250,000 Gagliano violin, sold by thief for just €200, recovered by police 3 years later

Oasis could have sounded very different if Liam had kept up the classical instrument

Oasis singer Liam Gallagher stopped playing the violin over fears he’d be bullied at school

The violin that survived the Titanic belonged to bandmaster Wallace Hartley, who perished with the ship.

The 110-year-old Titanic violin that miraculously survived the sinking ship

Scam artists are posing as violinists in America, and pretending to play for money

Police across America issue warnings over busking scammers, pretending to play the violin

Left: the Kanneh-Masons; Right: Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason

Who are the Kanneh-Masons? All you need to know about the exceptional musical family

The plight of 17-year-old Anastasiia highlights the loopholes in the British government’s new travel policy

17-year-old violinist ‘left in limbo’ in Russian-occupied Ukraine as Britain changes travel policy

Julie Berthollet, 25, was attacked on the road where she currently lives in Paris

25-year-old classical violinist mugged twice within minutes, on the streets of Paris

The most relaxing classical violin music ever written

The most relaxing classical violin music ever written

Elliot Page plays the violin as Vanya Hargreeves in season 1 of The Umbrella Academy.

Is Elliot Page really playing the violin in The Umbrella Academy?

Violinist Joshua Bell busking in a Washington D.C Metro

The time when Joshua Bell went busking in the subway, and no-one noticed

Tom Felton starred as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series

Harry Potter’s Tom Felton was ‘desperate’ as a child to become a professional violinist