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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 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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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

Cobar Sound Chapel Official Opening

Australian water tank turned ‘sound chapel’ brings 24-hour classical music to the Outback

308-year-old Stradivarius violin played on ‘Wizard of Oz’ could sell for record £14 million

308-year-old Stradivarius violin played on ‘Wizard of Oz’ soundtrack could sell for record £14 million

The 12th International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition has excluded Russian competitors

Sibelius violin competition bans Russian participants ‘in order to protect other competitors’

The setup for the Boston Symphony’s debut (1881) season

This 19th-century American symphony orchestra seating chart is a world away from today’s layout

Violinist Nicola Benedetti accompanies real Ukrainian refugees’ stories with a soaring solo

Violinist Nicola Benedetti accompanies real Ukrainian refugees’ stories with a soaring solo

Ukrainian soldier plays violin solo to his military colleagues

Ukraine soldier brings military barracks to rapt silence with solo violin national anthem

Ukrainian violinist Illia Bondarenko is joined by violinists from 29 countries

94 violinists play alongside young Ukrainian soloist stuck inside a bomb shelter

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Violinist plays in a Ukraine bunker

Ukrainian violinist plays to her bomb shelter in moving and powerful footage

Pop singer Malika Ayane and violinist Giovanni Andrea Zanon

Violinist duets with vocalist at Olympics closing ceremony for unique take on Italy’s national anthem