Top stories from the string music world

Blogs Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Pizzicato technique is often neglected, says violinist Jennifer Pike

There are many ways to vary sound and colour, but beware the perils of playing forte for sustained periods

Pizzicato technique can be neglected: people look at it and think, ‘Oh, it’s pizz, nobody’s going to hear.’ But actually there are many different...

News Monday, 29 September 2014

Violinist Augustin Hadelich performs ‘America the Beautiful’ at his naturalisation ceremony

The German artist has lived in the US for the past ten years

German violinist Augustin Hadelich was sworn in as a new US citizen at Manhattan Federal Court last week – and performed ‘America the Beautiful’ at the naturalisation ceremony.


Focus Monday, 29 September 2014

How develop secure intonation, by cellist Maria Kliegel

The German artist explains how developing accurate intonation gives security and confidence to her playing

When performing I want to say something and make it convincing immediately, not at the third attempt. Each passage must be perfect every time, so I need the knowledge and training to back up my musical...

News Monday, 29 September 2014

Former Chetham’s School of Music violin teacher charged with rape and indecent assault

The charges against Wen Zhou Li, who also taught at the Royal Northern College of Music, date back to the 1990s

Former Chetham’s School of Music violin teacher Wen Zhou Li has been charged with rape and two counts of indecent assault by Greater Manchester Police.  He will appear at Manchester Magistrates&rsquo...

News Friday, 26 September 2014

Alan Davey named new BBC Radio 3 controller

The Arts Council England chief executive replaces Roger Wright to take up the role in January 2015

BBC Radio 3 has named Alan Davey as its new controller. Currently chief executive officer of Arts Council England, the 53-year-old replaces Roger Wright, who stepped down several months ago after 15...

News Friday, 26 September 2014

Violinist Daniel Andai named dean of music at Miami’s New World School of the Arts

The artist will overseeing administration of the high school and college music programmes

Dr Daniel Andai has been appointed dean of music at the New World School of the Arts. The violinist will serve as chief academic and artistic officer for the institution's Music Division in Miami, Florida...

Focus Thursday, 25 September 2014

6 ways to improve your ensemble playing

Advice on rhythmic, intuitive and tuneful ensemble playing from The Strad’s archives

When once a quartet party is formed, intuitive playing together ought to be the main and definite idea to which the players should devote their attention, and which only comes by constant practice. ...

Focus Thursday, 25 September 2014

Ask the Experts: protecting your instrument from chips and nicks

Strad readers submit their problems and queries about string playing, teaching or making to a panel of experts

In the tenth of the series, four luthiers give their thoughts on some unusual marks that have appeared on the surface of a violinist's instrument over the course of his playing career.


News Thursday, 25 September 2014

Academy of Ancient Music founder Christopher Hogwood has died aged 73

The conductor directed the ensemble for 30 years, making 200 recordings

Conductor and founder of the Academy of Ancient Music Christopher Hogwood died yesterday at the age of 73 following an illness lasting several months. A musicologist, keyboard player and Cambridge University...

Debate Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Investors should loan prized stringed instruments to top players

Rather than storing instruments in a bank vault, investors must allow talented players to use them, says Jonathan Moulds – for the benefit of owner and musician alike

My passion, outside of my profession as an investment banker and my support for a number of philanthropic causes, is collecting, loaning and preserving great stringed instruments, in particular violins...

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