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Blogs Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Violinist Roman Mints on overcoming a career-threatening ganglion

The Russian musician was forced to withstand ten needle treatments to drain the recurring cyst – and was advised to keep playing throughout his ordeal

It’s a musician’s worst nightmare to wake up with a pain in his hand. I had devoted the whole of my conscious life from the age of five to a career as a professional violinist; there is ...

News Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Campaigns to protect government music education launch in Australia and the UK

The UK’s ISM and Australia’s The Music Trust warn that lack of funding will impact children from poorer backgrounds

Campaigns to ensure that school children have access to classroom and instrumental music education have launched both in Australia and the UK.

The Incorporated Society of Musicians has established...

News Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Kreutzer Stradivarius violin to be auctioned by Christie's in New York

Watch a video of Joshua Bell playing the instrument, which is valued around $7.5m

The ‘Kreutzer’ Stradivarius is due to be auctioned by Christie’s in New York on 18 June, with an expected sale price of $7.5m (£4.46m). The c1731 instrument – named for...

News Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Louisville String Academy awarded $240,000 Starling Foundation grant

Given over three years, the award aims to support violin playing at the highest level

The Louisville String Academy, part of the University of Louisville, has been awarded $240,000 over three years by the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation – a Houston-based body, which aims to...

News Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The Strad May 2014 issue is out now

The issue includes Italian violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg on her multifaceted career, preparing for orchestral auditions, and the Kronos Quartet in pictures

The May issue of The Strad is on sale now, in which we interview Italian violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg on her varied career – from leading her own chamber ensemble to founding...

Blogs Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Violinist Aaron Rosand on improving bow technique

In the latest in his series on violin technique the American maestro discusses the art of the bow and the importance of a relaxed right hand to produce a good sound

To improve your playing, your principal practice should be confined to the use of the bow in order to achieve complete command in the execution and expression of the music to be played. How you draw...

Focus Monday, 21 April 2014

How well did Shakespeare know the violin?

The word ‘violin’ never appears in Shakespeare’s plays, but he left tantalising clues that he knew the instrument well. To mark the Bard's 450th anniversary this month, we republish an article by John Dilworth from 2009

It has to be said straight away that the connection between the Bard and the violin is tenuous. The word ‘violin’ never appears in all his work, as far as I can find out. Viols, lutes, trumpets...

Debate Friday, 18 April 2014

An interesting and well-written biography is key to promoting yourself as a musician

String players shouldn’t put up with badly written, out-of-date biographies put together by agents, argues Helen Michetschläger. Do it yourself and reap the rewards

Musicians often complain that their work is not valued. There are concerns that audiences are getting older, particularly in areas such as chamber music. Press coverage of classical music has dwindled...

Focus Thursday, 17 April 2014

Rules for successful buskers

Summer provides the richest time for musicians to make money from impromptu outdoor performance. Experienced buskers tell David Kettle how they go about it, and why the rewards can be greater than you might expect

If you pass someone playing a stringed instrument for money in the street, or in a station, what’s your reaction? Do you think, ‘Poor guy – he’s obviously not good enough to ...

News Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber receives the ISM’s Distinguished Musician Award

The British musician is honoured for his performing achievements and his contribution to music education

British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has been presented with the Incorporated Society of Musicians’ Distinguished Musician Award in recognition of his performing achievements and his contribution...

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