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Debate Friday, 27 June 2014

Too few conductors understand their double bass section

Double bass soloist Gary Karr on the need for conductors' attitudes to change towards his instrument

During my 40 years of soloing with orchestras around the world, I have never ceased to be amazed by the lack of knowledge and respect demonstrated by some conductors towards the double...

News Friday, 27 June 2014

American violinist Janet Packer has died aged 64

The contemporary music advocate was president of the Pro Violino Foundation

American violinist Janet Packer has died at the age of 64. The contemporary music advocate had in recent years premiered works by composers including Gardner Read and Krzysztof Meyer. She was also president...

News Friday, 27 June 2014

Violinist Carolin Widmann wins Schneider-Schott Music Prize

The artist has been recognised for her commitment to the work of living composers

Violinist Carolin Widmann has been named the winner of this year’s Schnieder-Schott Music Prize. The €15,000 award will be presented on 11 November 2014 in a concert with the State Orchestra...

Focus Thursday, 26 June 2014

Ask the Experts: How to make the best use of limited practice time

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

In the seventh of the series, four specialists in practice techniques advise a busy amateur musician how to make the most of his limited rehearsal time.

Do you have a...

News Thursday, 26 June 2014

Rare ‘Macdonald’ Stradivarius viola fails to attract a buyer

Auctioneers Sotheby’s and Ingles & Hayday invited bids in excess of $45m

The rare 1719 ‘Macdonald’ Stradivarius viola failed to attract a buyer when its sealed-bid sale came to an end yesterday, despite ‘plenty of interest,’ according to Tim Ingles...

Blogs Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Playing chamber music in adverse conditions can be a useful rehearsal tool

The Strad's assistant editor Pauline Harding performed with her quartet as part of 'Musicircus' at the Aldeburgh Festival ― and fought to be heard in a cacophony of whistling winds, brass bands and bongos

If I were to choose an ideal location for playing string quartets, it would probably be a quiet and spacious room with bright lighting and a good acoustic. There certainly wouldn’t be any loud...

News Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Ingles & Hayday to auction Vuillaume ‘Messiah’ violin copy

The instrument is expected to fetch up to £150,000

An 1863 ‘Messiah’ Stradivarius copy made by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume of Paris is to be auctioned as part of Ingles & Hayday’s sale at Sotheby’s in London on 28 October 2014...

News Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Video: a violin thief caught on camera

Watch surveillance footage of the moment a man steals a violin from the University of Utah

Surveillance video footage has been released of the moment a thief stole a violin from the University of Utah’s School of Music last week. The instrument, belonging to University alumnus John ...

Focus Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Survival tips for touring musicians

International tours bring a wealth of opportunities for discovering new cultures and audiences – along with less pleasant experiences such as jet lag and homesickness. Sarah Mnatzaganian asks string players for their travel tips

Travel has always been an inescapable dimension of musical life, from the wanderings of medieval minstrels to the jet-setting of today’s soloists. When your manager mentions your next tour, does...

News Monday, 23 June 2014

The Strad July 2014 issue is out now

The issue includes an interview with Latvian violinist Baiba Skride and an article on how musicians go about commissioning an instrument's sound from luthiers

The July issue of The Strad is on sale now, in which we interview Latvian violinist Baiba Skride about recording the Szymanowski concertos.

The issue also includes: commissioning...

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