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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...

Debate Friday, 17 January 2014

Get rid of histrionics in quartet playing

Over-the-top emoting by individual players ruins the whole point of chamber music, says David Kettle

I recently went to six concerts at London’s Southbank Centre where ten different string quartets – some well established, others just starting out – gave performances of Peter Maxwell...

Blogs Thursday, 16 January 2014

Aaron Rosand on how to produce a good vibrato

In the second of a series of articles on violin technique, the American violinist examines the role of vibrato in enhancing the sound

Wrist Vibrato and Arm Vibrato are the terms used to describe the manner of vibrating. But this terminology is inconsistent with what actually makes the vibrato. The...

Focus Thursday, 16 January 2014

Ten things you need to know about vibrato

The following quotes, taken from the pages of The Strad over the past 100 years, offer a fascinating glimpse of the changing attitudes and approaches towards this most subjective and controversial area of a string player's technique

1 Vibrato has always been used

‘Vibrato is such a natural thing to do, it is hard to imagine it not being used at any time or in any culture...

Blogs Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Jascha Heifetz and Nathan Milstein – two titanic violinists who still divide opinion today

Tully Potter compares the recorded legacy of the two renowned performers

Heifetz or Milstein? Well, now that we can hear them only on recordings or films, we do not really have to choose! We can enjoy each man’s playing for its unique qualities.

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