Famous Violinists in Music History

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

1781-04-08 Premiere of Mozart's violin sonata K379

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1830-04-11 Robert Schumann hears the violinist Paganini play in Frankfurt
  • 1879-01-01 Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto in D major premieres in Leipzig
  • 1894-03-16 Jules Massenet's opera "Thaïs" premieres in Paris, includes piece “Méditation” for violin and orchestra
  • 1928-10-08 Joseph Szigeti debuted Alfredo Casella's Violin Concerto.
  • 1939-04-23 1st performance of Béla Bartok's 2nd Concerto for violin
  • 1939-12-07 William Walton's violinist concert premieres in Cleveland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1959-11-21 Jack Benny (violin) & Richard Nixon (piano) play their famed duet

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

Music concertMusic Concert

1967-05-28 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 2nd Violin concert

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 287

  • 1590-10-05 Johann Schop, German composer and violinist, born in Niedersachsen, Germany (d. 1667) (dates disputed)
  • 1596-12-03 Nicolo Amati, Italian violin maker (Stradivari & Guarneri), born in Cremona, Italy (d. 1684)
  • 1642-09-23 Giovanni Maria Bononcini, Italian composer and violinist, born in Modena (d. 1678)
  • 1643-07-03 Alessandro Stradella, Italian violinist and composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1682)
  • 1653-02-17 Arcangelo Corelli, Italian violinist/composer (Concerto Grossi), born in Fusignano, Italy (d. 1713)
  • 1663-03-07 Tomaso Antonio Vitali, Italian composer and violinist (d. 1745)
  • 1671-12-01 Francesco Stradivari, Italian violin maker/son of Antonius

Person of interestAntonio Vivaldi

1678-03-04 Antonio Vivaldi, Baroque violin virtuoso and composer (The Four Seasons), born in Venice, Italy (d. 1741)

Violin Virtuoso & Composer Antonio Vivaldi
Violin Virtuoso & Composer
Antonio Vivaldi
  • 1679-11-14 Omobono Stradivari, Italian violin maker/son of Antonius
  • 1683-01-10 Gasparo Visconti, Italian composer & violinist, born in Cremona, Italy (d. ~1713)
  • 1687-02-01 Johann Adam Birkenstock, German composer and violinist, born in Alsfeld, Hessen (d. 1733)
  • 1687-08-26 Willem the Fesch, Dutch violinist/composer (Joseph)
  • 1687-12-05 Francesco Geminiani, Italian violinist and composer, born in Lucca, Italy (d. 1762)
  • 1687-12-26 Johann Georg Pisendel, German violinist/composer
  • 1688-04-15 Johann Friedrich Fasch, German violinist and composer, born in Buttelstedt, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1758)
  • 1688-09-13 Luca Antonio Predieri, Italian composer and violinist, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1767)
  • 1688-11-11 Lorenzo Somis, Italian composer and violinist, born in Turin (d. 1775)
  • 1690-08-09 Lorenzo Zavateri, Italian violinist and composer, born in Bologna (d. 1764)
  • 1692-04-08 Giuseppe Tartini, Venetian Baroque composer and violinist (Trillo del Diavolo), born in Piran, Venice (d. 1770)
  • 1694-10-26 Johan Helmich Roman, Swedish composer, conductor and violinist, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1758)
  • 1695-09-03 Pietro Locatelli, Italian violinist and composer, born in Bergamo, Italy (d. 1764)
  • 1696-11-11 Andrea Zani, Italian composer and violinist, born in Casalmaggiore, Cremona Province (d. 1757)
  • 1697-05-10 Jean Marie I'aine Leclair, French composer and violinist, born in Lyon, France (d. 1764)
  • 1697-07-10 Francois Hanot, French composer and violinist, born in Dunkirk (d. 1770)
  • 1704-11-10 Carlo Zuccari, Italian composer and violinist, born in Casalmaggiore, nr Cremona (d. 1792)
  • 1705-09-19 Henri-Jacques de Croes, Flemish composer and violinist, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1786)
  • 1705-11-15 Louis-Gabriel Guillemain, French composer and violinist, born in Paris (d. 1770)
  • 1707-01-22 Carl Hockh, German composer and violinist (d. 1773)
  • 1707-07-14 Jacques-Philippe Lamoninary, French composer and violinist, born in Maroilles, France (d. 1802)
  • 1709-11-19 Pierre Leclair, French composer and violinist, born in Lyons, France (d. 1784)
  • 1709-11-22 František Benda, Bohemian violinist and composer, born in Staré Benátky, Bohemia (d. 1786)
  • 1716-02-18 Gaspard Fritz, Swiss composer and violinist, born in Geneva (d. 1783)
  • 1717-04-30 Guillaume-Gommaire Kennis, Belgian violinist and composer, born in Lier, Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1789)
  • 1719-11-10 Georg Philipp Kress, German violinist and composer, born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1779)
  • 1721-04-01 Pieter Hellendaal, Dutch violinist/organist/composer (Glees)
  • 1722-05-21 Wilhelm Gottfried Enderle, German composer and violinist, born in Bayreuth (d. 1790)
  • 1722-06-30 Jiří Antonín Benda, Czech composer and violinist, born in Benátky nad Jizerou, Bohemia (d. 1795)
  • 1727-08-15 Johann Georg Holzbogen, German violinist and composer, born in Schwandorf, Bavaria (d. 1775)
  • 1730-01-15 John Malchair, German-born English artist, violinist and composer, born in Cologne (d. 1812)
  • 1731-11-27 Gaetano Pugnani, Italian violinist and composer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1798)
  • 1735-04-11 Pierre Nicolas La Houssaye, French violinist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1818)
  • 1739-07-06 Friedrich Wilhelm Rust, German violinist and composer, born in Wörlitz, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1796)
  • 1740-03-19 Joseph F Weigl, German/Austrian(?), violin cellist
  • 1742-01-15 Eugene Godecharle, Belgian violinist & composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1798)
  • 1750-06-17 Michel Woldemar, French violinist and composer, born in Orléans, France (d. 1815)
  • 1750-11-27 Anton Thadaus Johann Nepomuk Stamitz, German violinist and composer, baptised in Deutschbrod, Bohemia (now Havlíčkův Brod, Czech Republic), (d. between 1798–1809)
  • 1751-01-21 Josephus Andreas Fodor, Dutch Classical era violinist and composer, born in Venlo, Netherlands (d. 1828)
  • 1751-09-10 Bartolomeo Campagnoli, Italian violinist and composer, born in Cento, Italy (d. 1827)
  • 1755-08-01 Antonio Capuzzi, Italian violinist and composer, born in Brescia, Italy (d. 1818)
  • 1757-04-28 Claus Nielsen Schali, Danish violinist and composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1835)
  • 1757-07-12 Christian Danner, German violinist and composer, born in Schwetzingen, Germany (d. 1813)
  • 1761-06-13 Antonín Vranický, Czech violinist and composer, born in Nová Říše, Czech Republic (d. 1820)
  • 1764-07-05 János Lavotta, Hungarian violinist and composer, born in Pusté Úľany, Slovakia (d. 1820)
  • 1766-11-16 Rodolphe Kreutzer, French composer (La mort d'Abel) and virtuoso violinist, born in Versailles, France (d. 1831)
  • 1767-04-27 Andreas Romberg, German violinist and composer (Song of the Clock), born in Vechta, Germany (d. 1821)
  • 1767-05-25 Friedrich Johann Eck, German violinist and composer (Concertos pour violon), born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1838)
  • 1771-02-18 Friedrich Christian Ruppe, composer and violinist, brother of Christian Friedrich Ruppe
  • 1771-10-01 Pierre Baillot, French violinist and composer, born in Passy, Paris (d. 1842)
  • 1772-10-25 Corneille Vander Planken, Belgian violinist and composer (d. 1849)
  • 1774-01-24 Karl Moser, German composer and violinist, born in Berlin (1851)
  • 1774-02-16 Pierre Rode, French composer and violinist, born in Bordeaux, Aquitaine (d. 1830)
  • 1778-09-03 Jean Nicolas Auguste Kreutzer, French violinist and composer, born in Versailles, France (d. 1832)
  • 1779-07-10 Alois Basil Nikolaus Tomasini, Italian violinist and composer, born in Pesaro, Italy (d. 1858)
  • 1781-08-09 Michael Umlauf, Austrian violinist, composer and conductor (premiere of Beethoven's 9th), born in Vienna (d. 1842)
  • 1782-10-27 Niccolo Paganini, Italian composer and violin virtuoso (Princess Lucca), born in Genoa, Italy (d. 1840)
  • 1784-04-05 Louis Spohr, German violin virtuoso and composer (Faust), born in Braunschweig, Germany (d. 1859)
  • 1786-11-10 Carl Eberwein, German composer and violinist, born in Weimar, Germany (d. 1868)
  • 1789-02-15 Friedrich Fesca, German composer and violinist, born in Magdeburg (d, 1826)
  • 1789-10-26 Joseph Mayseder, Austrian violinist and composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1863)
  • 1790-06-21 Wilhelm Speyer, German violinist and composer, born in Offenbach, Hesse, Germany (d. 1878)
  • 1790-10-30 Karol Joseph Lipinski, Polish composer and virtuoso violinist, born in Radzyń Podlaski, Poland (d. 1861)
  • 1796-01-24 Nicholas Mori, Anglo-Italian violinist & conductor, born in London, England (d. 1839)
  • 1796-10-14 Adolf Ganz, German composer and violinist, born in Wiesbaden, Germany (d. 1870)
  • 1798-10-07 Jean B Vuillaume, French violin maker (octobas)
  • 1799-12-31 Thomas Taglichsbeck, German violinist & composer, born in Ansbach, Germany (d. 1867)
  • 1801-01-29 Johannes Bernardus van Bree, Dutch violinist/composer (Felix Meritis)
  • 1801-04-12 Joseph Franz Karl Lanner, Austrian composer and violinist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1843)
  • 1802-02-20 Charles-Auguste de Beriot, Belgian violinist/composer
  • 1802-04-01 Hubert Reis, German composer and violinist, born in Bonn (d. 1886)
  • 1802-10-07 Wilhelm Bernhard Molique, German violinist and composer, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1869)
  • 1804-03-14 Johann Strauss the Elder, Viennese violinist and composer (Radetzky March), born in Leopoldstadt, Austria (d. 1849)
  • 1806-06-02 Isaac Strauss, French violinist, conductor and composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1888)
  • 1806-08-21 Johannes Frederik Fröhlich, Danish violinist and composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1860)
  • 1808-09-15 Louis Clapisson, French composer and violinist, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1866)
  • 1808-10-01 Eduard Sobolewski, Polish-American violinist and composer, born in Königsberg (d. 1872)
  • 1810-02-05 Ole Bull, Norwegian violinist (d. 1880)
  • 1810-06-19 Ferdinand David, German violinist and compser (Hohe Schule des Violinspiels), born in Hamburg (d. 1873)
  • 1812-06-08 Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, Moravian violinist and composer, born in Brno (d. 1865)
  • 1815-03-30 Wincenty Studzinski, Polish violinist and composer, born in Kraków (d. 1854)
  • 1815-05-08 Jean-Delphin Alard, French violinist and composer, born in Bayonne, France (d. 1888)
  • 1815-06-06 Francesco Antonio Norberto Pinto, Portuguese violinist, hornist and composer (Adoração ao Sol), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1860)
  • 1815-10-25 Ernesto Camillo Sivori, Italian violinist and composer, born in Genoa, Italy (d. 1894)
  • 1817-02-22 Niels Wilhelm Gade, Danish violinist/composer/conductor
  • 1817-05-31 Édouard Deldevez, French violinist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1897)
  • 1822-02-15 Theodor Uhlig, German composer and violinist, born in Wurzen, Saxony (d. 1853)
  • 1822-07-16 Luigi Arditi, Italian violinist and composer, born in Crescentino, Italy (d. 1903)
  • 1824-09-30 Peter Milne, Scottish composer and violinist, born in Kincardine O'Neil (d. 1908)
  • 1826-03-09 Jean Joseph Bott, German violinist and composer, born in Kassel, Germany (d. 1895)
  • 1828-01-17 Eduard Remenyi, Hungarian violinist (d. 1898)
  • 1828-01-24 Karol Studzinski, Polish violinist & composer, born in Krakow; (d. 1883)

Weddings in Music

  • 2012-12-21 "McFly" drummer Harry Judd (27) weds former Escala violinist Izzy Johnston (29) at St Nicholas Church in Harpenden, Herts

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 100 of 198

  • 1592-07-01 Marc A Ingegneri, Italian violinist/composer (Responsoria), dies
  • 1663-07-07 Thomas Baltzar, German violinist
  • 1682-02-25 Alessandro Stradella, Italian violinist and composer, murdered at 38
  • 1713-01-08 Arcangelo Corelli, Italian composer and violinist (Concerti Grossi), dies at 59
  • 1733-02-26 Johann Adam Birkenstock, German composer and violinist, dies at 46
  • 1737-12-18 Antonio Stradivari, renowned violin-maker, dies in Cremona Italy at 93
  • 1742-05-11 Francesco Stradivari, Italian violin maker & son of Antonius, dies at 70
  • 1742-06-08 Omobono Stradivari, Italian violin maker/son of Antonius, dies at 62
  • 1745-05-09 Tomaso Antonio Vitali, Italian composer & violinist, dies at 82
  • 1757-09-28 Andrea Zani, Italian composer and violinist, dies at 60
  • 1758-10-19 Johan H Roman, Finnish/Swedish composer/conductor/violinist, dies
  • 1758-11-20 Johan Helmich Roman, Swedish composer, conductor and violinist, dies at 64
  • 1758-12-05 Johann Friedrich Fasch, German violinist and composer, dies at 70
  • 1761-01-03 Willem de Fesch, Dutch violinist/composer (Joseph), dies at 73
  • 1762-09-17 Francesco Geminiani, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1764-03-30 Pietro Locatelli, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 68
  • 1767-01-03 Luca Antonio Predieri, Italian composer and violinist, dies at 78
  • 1770-02-26 Francois Hanot, French composer and violinist, dies at 72
  • 1770-02-26 Giuseppe Tartini, Venetian Baroque composer and violinist (Trillo del Diavolo), dies at 77
  • 1770-10-01 Louis-Gabriel Guillemain, French composer and violinist, dies at 64
  • 1775-09-07 Johann Georg Holzbogen, German violinist and composer, dies at 48
  • 1775-11-29 Lorenzo Somis, Italian composer and violinist, dies at 87
  • 1779-02-02 Georg Philipp Kress, German violinist and composer, dies at 59
  • 1783-03-23 Gaspard Fritz, Swiss composer and violinist, dies at 67
  • 1784-04-02 Pierre Leclair, French composer and violinist, dies at 74
  • 1786-03-07 František Benda, Bohemian violinist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1786-08-16 Henri-Jacques de Croes, Flemish composer and violinist, dies at 80
  • 1789-05-10 Guillaume-Gommaire Kennis, Belgian violinist and composer, dies at 72
  • 1790-02-18 Wilhelm Gottfried Enderle, German composer and violinist, dies at 67
  • 1792-05-03 Carlo Zuccari, Italian composer and violinist, dies at 87
  • 1795-11-06 Jiří Antonín Benda, Czech composer and violinist, dies at 73
  • 1796-02-28 Friedrich Wilhelm Rust, German violinist and composer, dies at 56
  • 1798-07-15 Gaetano Pugnani, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 66
  • 1799-04-19 Pieter Hellendaal, violinist/organist/composer (Glees), dies at 78
  • 1812-12-12 John Malchair, German-born English artist, violinist and composer, dies at 82
  • 1813-04-29 Christian Danner, German violinist and composer, dies at 55
  • 1815-11-25 Johann Peter Saloman, German composer and violinist, dies at 70
  • 1815-12-19 Michel Woldemar, French violinist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1818-03-28 Antonio Capuzzi, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 62
  • 1820-01-25 Joseph F Weigl, German/Austria violin cellist, dies at 79
  • 1820-08-11 János Lavotta, Hungarian violinist and composer, dies at 56
  • 1821-11-10 Andreas Romberg, German violinist and composer (Der Rabe), dies at 54
  • 1824-03-03 Giovanni Battista Viotti, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 70
  • 1827-11-07 Bartolomeo Campagnoli, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1828-10-03 Josephus Andreas Fodor, Dutch Classical era violinist and composer, dies at 77
  • 1831-01-06 Rodolphe Kreutzer, French composer (La mort d'Abel) and virtuoso violinist, dies at 64
  • 1831-08-22 John White, English organist and violinist, dies at 52
  • 1832-08-31 Jean Nicolas Auguste Kreutzer, French violinist and composer, dies at 53
  • 1834-08-14 Friedrich Christian Ruppe, composer and violinist, brother of Christian Friedrich Ruppe, dies at 63
  • 1835-08-09 Claus Nielsen Schali, Danish violinist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1838-02-22 Friedrich Johann Eck, German violinist and composer (Concertos pour violon), dies at 70
  • 1840-05-27 Niccolo Paganini, Italian composer and violin virtuoso (Princess Lucca), dies at 57
  • 1842-06-20 Michael Umlauf, Austrian violinist, composer and conductor (premiere of Beethoven's 9th), dies at 60
  • 1842-09-15 Pierre Baillot, French violinist and composer, dies at 70
  • 1849-02-09 Corneille Vander Planken, Belgian violinist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1854-07-15 Wincenty Studzinski, Polish violinist and composer, dies at 39
  • 1857-02-14 Johannes Bernardus van Bree, Dutch violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 56
  • 1858-02-19 Alois Basil Nikolaus Tomasini, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1859-10-22 Louis Spohr, German violin virtuoso and composer (Faust), dies at 75
  • 1859-11-22 Ludwig "Louis" Spohr, German violinist/composer (Faust), dies at 75
  • 1860-01-30 Francesco Antonio Norberto Pinto, Portugese violinist, hornist and composer (Adoração ao Sol), dies at 44
  • 1860-05-21 Johannes Frederik Fröhlich, Danish violinist and composer, dies at 53
  • 1861-12-16 Karol Joseph Lipinski, Polish composer and virtuoso violinist, dies at 71
  • 1863-11-21 Joseph Mayseder, Austrian violinist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1864-01-16 Anton Schindler, German violinist and biographer (Beethoven), dies at 68
  • 1865-10-08 Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, Moravian violinist and composer, dies at 51
  • 1866-03-19 Louis Clapisson, French composer and violinist, dies at 57
  • 1868-03-02 Carl Eberwein, German composer and violinist, dies at 81
  • 1870-01-11 Adolf Ganz, German composer and violinist, dies at 73
  • 1870-04-08 Charles-Auguste de Beriot, Belgian violinist/composer, dies at 68
  • 1872-05-17 Eduard Sobolewski, Polish-American violinist and composer, dies at 63
  • 1873-07-14 Ferdinand David, German violinist and compser (Hohe Schule des Violinspiels), dies at 63
  • 1875-02-19 Jean B Vuillaume, French violin maker (octobas), dies at 76
  • 1876-03-04 Alfred Holmes, English violinist and composer, dies at 38
  • 1878-04-05 Wilhelm Speyer, German violinist and composer, dies at 87
  • 1880-03-31 Henryk Wieniawski, Polish violinist and composer (Souv de Moscou), dies at 44
  • 1880-08-17 Ole Bull, Norwegian violinist and composer (b. 1810)
  • 1885-01-04 Iosif Kotek, Russian composer and violinist, dies at 29
  • 1888-02-22 Jean-Delphin Alard, French violinist and composer, dies at 72
  • 1888-08-09 Isaac Strauss, French violinist, conductor and composer, dies at 82
  • 1894-02-19 Ernesto Camillo Sivori, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1897-11-06 Édouard Deldevez, French violinist and composer, dies at 80
  • 1899-05-29 Frantz Jehin-Prume, Canadian violinist and composer, dies at 60
  • 1902-10-31 Jean-Baptist Colyns, Belgian violinist and composer, dies at 67
  • 1903-05-01 Luigi Arditi, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 80
  • 1905-12-09 Henry Holmes, English violinist and composer, dies at 66
  • 1907-08-15 Joseph Joachim, German violinist (Hungarian Concerto), dies at 76
  • 1908-09-20 Pablo de Sarasate, Spanish violinist and composer (Spanish Dancer), dies at 64
  • 1910-03-28 Édouard Colonne, French violinist and conductor, dies at 71
  • 1911-10-05 Charles Malherbe, French violinist and composer, dies at 58
  • 1912-10-03 Guido Papini, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1914-05-28 Adolf Sonnenfeld, Polish violinist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1915-02-07 Władysław Górski, Polish violinist, composer and teacher, dies at 68
  • 1918-02-26 Pedro Miguel Marques y Garcia, Spanish violinist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1918-03-28 Johann Christoph Lauterbach, German violinist and concert master, dies at 87
  • 1920-02-12 Émile Sauret, French violinist and composer, dies at 67
  • 1922-04-12 František Ondříček, Czech violinist and composer, dies at 64
  • 1928-06-06 Heinrich Gottlieb Noren, Austrian violinist and composer, dies at 67
  • 1928-11-19 Achille Simonetti, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 71
  • 1928-12-18 Lucien Capet, French composer and violinist, dies at 55