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Focus Tuesday, 02 September 2014

From the Archive: Why do so many musicians have long hair?

Whether as a mark of distinction or genius, the trend is embodied by Eugène Ysaÿe, according to The Strad's June 1897 issue

London Truth discussing the question of hirsute eccentricities to which the majority of musicians are given, wonders why things are as they are. 'Is long hair an unfailing mark of genius?' ...

News Tuesday, 02 September 2014

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra violist dies while trying to save drowning partner

John Lynch was the orchestra’s associate principal viola since 2000

John Lynch, associate principal viola with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin, has drowned off the coast of Crete. The musician was trying to save his partner, civil servant Kevin ...

Focus Monday, 01 September 2014

Scales and exercises are essential for all string players, says Heinrich Schiff

Not all players regard exercises as important, but without a sound technical basis you cannot achieve your expressive potential, writes the cellist

Some 25 years of teaching have taught me that we players must always define what each of our motions at the cello represents - this is essential in order for us to be efficient artists capable of technical...

News Monday, 01 September 2014

Alfonso Marconi’s ‘Stradivarius’ violin to be auctioned

The instrument once belonged to the older brother of famous Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi

A violin attributed to Antonio Stradivari, which once belonged to Alfonso Marconi – older brother of famous inventor Guglielmo Marconi – is to go on sale on 28 October. Offered by Ingles...

News Friday, 29 August 2014

Violinist Grace Clifford, 16, wins AU$25,000 first prize at Australia's ABC Young Performers Award competition

Sydney violinist Grace Clifford has won the 2014 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Award. The 16-year-old (pictured), who performed Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony...

News Friday, 29 August 2014

Minnesota Orchestra receives $10m gift from anonymous donor

The donation has inspired three further contributions totalling $3.2m

The Minnesota Orchestra is continuing to put the labour dispute of 2013 behind it with the announcement of a $10m leadership gift by an anonymous donor. The contribution was offered...

Blogs Friday, 29 August 2014

Recording your performance can be more of a hindrance than a help

Israeli cellist and teacher Hillel Zori on the importance of listening in the present

I don’t encourage students to record themselves: the musicians of the late 19th and early 20th centuries never did, and they were still great players. I’m always afraid that recording oneself...

Focus Thursday, 28 August 2014

Why do so many orchestras lag behind the beat?

Even under the best conductors and in the finest orchestras, players tend to drag behind the baton. Evan Johnson looks at the reasons for this universal phenomenon

Conductors often urge orchestras not to play behind their beat, but players, though they may respond by looking more attentive, often continue to lag. Some conductors interpret this as incompetence ...

News Thursday, 28 August 2014

Announcement that Chicago Chamber Musicians will disband is false, say musicians

The society’s board will no longer support the ensemble, but musicians will present 2014-15 season regardless

Contrary to earlier reports, the Chicago Chamber Musicians will continue to give performances during the 2014-15 season, according to violinist and founding member Joseph Genualdi...

Blogs Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Overtones and resonance: why stringed instruments allow you to feel the music

When physicist and engineer Keith Williams began learning the cello, he was able to witness and feel for the first time theoretical sound waves and vibrations

I first played the cello on a visit to see my dear friend and luthier, Oded Kishony. His charming little shop occupies the lower level of his home in the woods near Barboursville, Virginia. There, Kishony...

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