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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

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

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

Felix Mendelssohn Conductor: Kurt Masur Ensemble: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra Soloists: Maxim Vengerov Record label: Teldec Catalogue ID: 4509 908752

String Quartet No. 3 in A minor, MS 20: II. Minuetto: Andantino artwork

String Quartet No. 3 in A minor, MS 20: II. Minuetto: Andantino Nicolo Paganini

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

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The 10 worst things about playing the violin

Prime Minister Keir Starmer plays flute, recorder and piano, and was a Guildhall music scholar

Prime Minister Keir Starmer plays flute, recorder and piano, and was a Guildhall music scholar

Novak Djokovic celebrates his Wimbledon win with a violin gesture

Novak Djokovic’s violin-inspired Wimbledon celebration is a heart-warming dedication to a loved one

Olympic swimmer Elizabeth Beisel blew an audience of 25,000 out of the water with a rousing violin rendition of the US national anthem on Saturday, 22 June 2024.

Olympic swimmer plays US national anthem on violin, thrilling 25,000-strong audience

An 18th century Stradivarius violin, once owned by Catherine the Great, has been tokenised and is now an NFT.

A 316-year-old violin once owned by Catherine the Great is now an NFT

Dmytro Udovychenko in his winning performance

25-year-old Ukrainian wins prestigious competition with thrilling Shostakovich violin concerto

Pavel Šporcl violin concert

Exuberant conductor knocks rare violin out of soloist’s hand in concerto nightmare

John Williams wrote a special violin arrangement of his epic ‘Star Wars’ theme for Amandla Stenberg.

John Williams re-writes Star Wars as a stirring violin solo for ‘The Acolyte’ star Amandla Stenberg

A young Joshua Bell plays in a 1982 violin masterclass

Unearthed footage of 15-year-old Joshua Bell playing Tchaikovsky is terrifyingly good

Paganini’s violin is X-rayed to examine its wood.

Scientists X-rayed Paganini’s favourite violin, to reveal the deep secret of its sound

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Amy Beach’s stunning violin Romance

Amy Beach’s stunning Romance, played by a rising star violinist for International Women’s Day

Musicians play while stuck in motorway traffic

Classical musicians got stuck in traffic with their instruments, and there was only one thing to do

The meeting involved Nicola Benedetti, Alison Balsom and Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Nicola Benedetti: who is the violinist’s family, what are her best recordings and what violin does she play?

Sean Magee plays on his Ryanair flight

Folk violinist serenades packed Ryanair flight in spontaneous jig

Dan Hodd’s violin was shattered when he was hit by a bus whilst cycling in the Middle East.

Shattered violin that ‘saved cyclist’s life’ in catastrophic collision is miraculously repaired