Top stories from the string music world

News Sunday, 21 September 2014

Violin, viola, cello and bow makers honoured at 2014 VSA competition

Nine gold medals were awarded at this year's Violin Society of America international makers' competition, held in Indianapolis, Indiana, from 15-21 September. Jeff Phillips received a gold medal in ...

News Sunday, 21 September 2014

Jinjoo Cho wins first prize at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

South Korean violinist Jinjoo Cho has won the first prize at the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (IVCI). The 26-year-old will receive a $30,000 cash prize, a gold medal and career...

Focus Friday, 19 September 2014

None of my teachers were any good at explaining technique ― Ruggiero Ricci

Celebrating his 90th birthday in July 2008, the legendary violinist looked back at his teaching influences and revealed that he was largely self-taught

The reason I started the violin was that I heard my father playing the Brahms Hungarian Dance no.5, badly. I liked the tune and said, ‘I wanna play the violin.’ If I had heard the piano ...

News Friday, 19 September 2014

Stefan Tarara wins George Enescu International Competition Violin category

The multi-prize-winning German violinist receives €15,000

German violinist Stefan Tarara won the Violin section of the George Enescu International Competition in Bucharest, Romania yesterday. The 28-year-old, who performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto...

Blogs Thursday, 18 September 2014

Video: how I came to play Pablo Casals’s 1733 Goffriller cello, by Amit Peled

The Israeli artist tells of his first encounter with Casals’s cello in 2012, and how he came to be loaned the instrument by Marta Casals Istomin. Watch a clip of him playing the instrument below.

I met Mrs Marta Casals Istomin and the historic 1733 Matteo Goffriller cello of her late husband, Pablo Casals in 2012. The idea of seeing that instrument up close was hard for me to grasp. How could...

News Thursday, 18 September 2014

Fears expressed for future of BBC Scottish Symphony should independence triumph

Leading classical music names warn of possible cultural ‘disaster’ in an independent Scotland

Today Scotland goes to the polls in an historic vote on whether to part ways with the United Kingdom. In the past week, however, leading figures in the Scottish classical music world have warned of ...

Focus Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Personality is no longer encouraged in musical performance

Not too long ago mass audiences and critics alike revered overtly personal performances, yet today superimposing one's personality over that of the composer is regarded as poor musicianship, writes Henry Roth

To what degree should personality play a role in string performance? Personality, in the broad sense, includes the idiosyncrasies or peculiarities of the individual as they pertain to his performance...

News Wednesday, 17 September 2014

International Violin Competition of Indianapolis announces all-female final

Five Korean artists and one American will perform two concertos each over the coming days

The six finalists of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis 2014 have been announced. The all-female final is due to take place from today and to conclude on Saturday 20 September, featuring...

News Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Violinist Hilary Hahn cancels further performances

The artist’s recovery from an inflamed muscle has taken longer than expected

Hilary Hahn has cancelled her forthcoming performances of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s season-opening concerts, conducted by music director Marin Alsop...

News Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma receives Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Prize

The artist was honoured for his longstanding contribution to the venue

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma was last week honoured with the Concertgebouw Prize for his longstanding contribution to the Dutch institution.

‘Since the beginning of his rich musical career, Yo-Yo Ma...

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