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January 26
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We read about Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach being J.S. Bach's ninth son.
Can You Guess how many children J.S. Bach had?
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Boris Belkin was born January 26, 1948.  He began to study the violin at the age of six, making his first public appearance when he was seven with Kyrill Kondrashin.

He studied first at the Central Music School in Moscow Conservatory with professors Yankelevitz and Andrievsky. While he was still a student at the conservatory he toured the Soviet Union, playing with the leading national orchestras. In 1973, he won the first prize in the Soviet National Competition for violinists.
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Did You Guess?
J. S. Bach had
20 children! Five were named Johann, two Johanna and four grew up to become famous composers.
In 1974, Boris Belkin emigrated to the west. Since that time he has regularly performed with many of the best known orchestras of the world including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Berlin Radio Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony and Montreal Symphony, the National Orchestra of France and all the London Orchestras. He appeared with such eminent conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Leonard Bernstein, Sir Charles Groves, Bernard Haitink, Gunther Herbig, Eric Leinsdorf, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Osawa, Klaus Teinstedt, Kurt Sanderling, W. Steinberg, Ch. Von Dohnanyi, Charles Dutoit and Myung-Whun Chung.

Boris Belkin played the Sibelius with the Stockholm Symphony Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy for a major television film about the life of Sibelius.  Among other TV productions, he appeared with Leonard Bernstein and New York Philharmonic playing the Tchaikowski concerto as well as Tzigane Ravel with National of France with Seiji Osawa as well as with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Bernard Haitink and in many TV productions in France, Italy, Spain and Germany.

He has been featured in several television productions including a film biography of Jean Sibelius, a performance of the Tchaikovsky Concerto with Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, a concert of Ravel's Tzigane with the Orchestre National de France and with Haitink and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Belkin has collaborated with many well-known conductors including Ahronovitch, Benzi, Berglund, Chung, Dohnanyi, Dutoit, Herbig, Leinsdorf, Maazel, Mehta, Muti, Ozawa, Kurt Sanderling, Simonov, Temirkanov, Tennstedt and Welser-Most. He has recorded several works. Each summer he gives master classes in Siena, Italy, at the famed Accademia Chigiana.
1795 - Death of German composer Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, ninth son of J.S. Bach.

1882 - Premiere of A. Borodin's String Quartet No. 2 in D, in St. Petersburg.

1908 - Stephane Grappelli, French jazz/classical violinist, was born.

1911 - Premiere of Richard Strauss' opera Der Rosenkavalier, at the Dresden Opera, Hofoper.

1945 - Jacqueline Du Pré, English cellist, was born in Oxford, England. Married to pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim.  Diagnosed with MS in 1970.
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1952 - Premiere of Ernst von Dohnányi's Violin Concerto No. 2, in San Antonio, TX.

1955 - Edward "Eddie" Van Halen, rock guitarist, was born.

1957 - Premiere of the concert orchestration of Leonard Bernstein's Candide Overture.   (click to play a MIDI version of the overture) New York Philharmonic.

1963 - Walk Like A Man, by the Four Seasons, was released.
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