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News Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Study finds long-term goals are as important to musical achievement as instrumental practice

Australian university researchers arrive at results following ten-year investigation

A ten-year study, conducted by researchers from the Universities of Melbourne and New South Wales in Australia, has found that while sustained instrumental practice is key to achieving high levels of...

News Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Stolen Poggi violin recovered in Bologna

A 1924 violin by Ansaldo Poggi that was stolen more than five years ago has been recovered by Italian police. The instrument was taken in November 2008 when thieves broke into the safe of Bologna luthier...

Focus Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Ask the experts: finding a better instrument on a budget

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

In the first of the series, a young Spanish cellist is desperate to find a better instrument.

Do you have a burning question about string playing, teaching or making...

News Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Double bassist Richard Davis receives NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship

The American double bassist has performed with Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein and Bruce Springsteen

Jazz bassist Richard Davis (pictured) has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters Fellowship at the Lincoln Center, New York. He received the award on ...

Focus Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Berlin Philharmonic pays tribute to former concertmaster Szymon Goldberg

The orchestra is to host a free exhibition on the Polish violinist in February and March

The foyer of the Berlin Philharmonic's Philharmonie is to play host to a free exhibition on former concertmaster Szymon Goldberg from 2 February to 16 March 2014, including documents, photographs...

News Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Armenian violinist Sergey Khachatryan wins £50,000 Credit Suisse Young Artist Award

String players continue to dominate the list of winners of the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, with Armenian violinist Sergey Khachatryan receiving this year's accolade, which carries a cash prize...

News Monday, 20 January 2014

Leonidas Kavakos takes on dual role of violin soloist and conductor at Vienna Philharmonic Ball

The violinist replaces Riccardo Chailly, marking the first time in the history of the Ball that a conductor will also play

The Vienna Philharmonic has made the unprecedented decision to replace conductor Riccardo Chailly, who was to conduct the orchestra’s 73rd annual Ball on 23 January, with ...

Blogs Monday, 20 January 2014

Violinist Augustin Hadelich on performing a concerto with the LA Phil at three days’ notice

The soloist describes his recent experience filling in for Christian Tetzlaff at LA’s Walt Disney Concert Hall

Last week I was in Dallas packing my bag after a recital when the phone rang: the Los Angeles Philharmonic needed a violinist to fill a cancellation by Christian Tetzlaff; Edo de Waart was to be the...

News Monday, 20 January 2014

Study suggests orchestral first violins experience highest stress levels

Mood also plays a role in reducing anxiety levels during performance

A Viennese university study has found that orchestral musicians’ stress responses are governed not only by the anxiety of public performance, but also by mood – and that, as a whole, first...

News Friday, 17 January 2014

Verbier Festival Academy launches outreach programme

Reaching Out will help Academy graduates to work actively in their communities

The Verbier Festival Academy, part of the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, will launch a new outreach teaching programme this summer aimed at equipping Academy graduates with the tools to take their...

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