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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

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 Catalogue ID: 4776232

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The 10 worst things about playing the violin

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

Classic FM welcomes the entire Kanneh-Mason family to host their first ever radio series

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

A hand-embroidered bra was thrown at Ray Chen during applause, after his Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto performance in Munich with the RSNO.

Audience member throws bra at Ray Chen after a rousing Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Why do orchestras tune to an oboe’s ‘A’?

Why do orchestras tune to an ‘A’?

Why are there so many violins in an orchestra?

Why do orchestras have so many violins?

Stella Chen, winner of Gramophone Young Artist of the Year, performs with the London Mozart Players

Violinist Stella Chen wins Young Artist of the Year at Gramophone Awards – watch the ceremony on Sunday!

Violinist Esther Abrami and pianist Khatia Buniatishvili – beautiful and moving pieces of classical music

10 most beautiful and moving pieces of classical music

Soloist unable to board flight – after Ryanair said her 18th-century violin was ‘too big’ for the plane

Soloist barred from flight – after Ryanair claimed 18th-century violin ‘too big’ for the plane

Acclaimed violinist Itzhak Perlman, and legendary conductor Gustavo Dudamel swapped their instrument and baton in rare rehearsal insight

When Gustavo Dudamel played violin and Itzhak Perlman conducted in a reverse duet for the ages

Who is André Rieu, what’s his net worth, and did he create the Johann Strauss Orchestra?

André Rieu facts: the Dutch violinist’s wife, concerts, net worth and his Johann Strauss Orchestra

Woman plays violin during brain surgery to save her musical skills

Woman who played violin through brain surgery gives touching tribute to her neurosurgeon

Concertmaster of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Catherine Dallaire (left), performs on a violin bow made out of cancer survivor (right), Karine’s hair

Orchestra who lost conductor to cancer is gifted violin bow, made from chemo patient’s hair