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Focus Tuesday, 15 July 2014

7 pointers for perfect pizzicato

Advice on plucking and strumming from 120 years of The Strad

Many cellists feel that pizzicato is simply plucking the string and they give little thought as to how to do so. Within the musical context, however, there are a variety of reasons that pizzicato is...

News Monday, 14 July 2014

Conductor, composer and violinist Lorin Maazel has died aged 84

The American maestro forged an international career for 75 years

Conductor, composer and violinist Lorin Maazel died yesterday from complications following pneumonia at his home in Virginia. The 84-year-old had forged a world-class career for over 75 years, conducting...

News Monday, 14 July 2014

Violinist Nicola Benedetti breaks UK chart top 20 with her new album

Not since Vanessa Mae and Nigel Kennedy has a solo British violinist featured in the top 20 pop chart

Nicola Benedetti has become the first solo British violinist since the 1990s to enter the top 20 of the Official UK Albums Chart. Her new record ‘Homecoming: A Scottish Fantasy’ was released...

News Monday, 14 July 2014

UK lutherie student receives Special Award from Rowan Armour-Brown Memorial Trust

The inaugural award recognises students of particular potential

Dutch luthier Sam Brouwer, a student at the UK’s Newark School of Violin Making, has been granted a Special Award of £1,000 from the Rowan Armour-Brown Memorial Trust – the first time...

Focus Friday, 11 July 2014

Are quartets of matched instruments the way to perfect harmony?

Four instruments from the same tree, varnished from the same pot, played by a single quartet. Does this make a better ensemble? Katherine Millett investigates

Television cameras greeted the Miró Quartet’s arrival at Alice Tully Hall, New York, in February 2003. ABC News ran an evening feature about the concert and the New York Times raved about...

Focus Thursday, 10 July 2014

6 tips for teaching young violinists by Suzuki instructor Teri Einfeldt

The University of Hartford Suzuki Department chair shares her methods for teaching children

Encourage parental involvementI ask all potential students and their parents to observe six beginner-level lessons before they start. This way the child and the parents can see what...

News Thursday, 10 July 2014

Charles Castleman appointed professor of violin at Miami’s Frost School of Music

The violinist is currently a professor at the Eastman School of Music in New York

The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami has appointed Charles Castleman as its new professor of violin. The musician is currently professor of violin at the Eastman School of Music at University...

News Thursday, 10 July 2014

University of Michigan appoints violinist Danielle Belen to its string faculty

The musician is a seasoned pedagogue and member of the Colburn School violin faculty

Danielle Belen has joined the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance as associate professor of violin.

A graduate of USC Thornton School of Music and Colburn Conservatory...

Focus Wednesday, 09 July 2014

When should a child start learning a stringed instrument?

The age that a child should start learning a stringed instrument can be a tricky question for parents, and a tough decision for teachers. Tim Homfray asks teaching experts for their advice

It is a common belief that all great musicians began their glittering careers when they were scarcely out of nappies. Child prodigies have always been popular, the biographies of performers...

News Wednesday, 09 July 2014

1710 ‘Ivashkin’ Guarneri cello loaned to Canadian Korean artist Soo Bae

The instrument was previously on permanent loan to the late Russian cellist Alexander Ivashkin

Following the death of Alexander Ivashkin (pictured) in January, Christopher Marshall, director of Old and New Strings Ltd New Zealand, has loaned the 1710 Guarneri 'filius andreae'...

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