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Debate Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Why do so few string players start out learning the viola?

The UK may be producing some talented viola players, but violist Louise Lansdown cannot understand how, when the instrument is under-supported at grass-roots level

Why do so few string players start out learning the viola rather than opting for the violin or the cello instead? It cannot be due to a lack of opportunity: small and reasonably priced violas are readily...

News Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Founding Juilliard Quartet violinist Robert Mann awarded President’s Medal

Now aged 93, Mann served as the quartet’s first violinist for 51 years

Robert Mann, founding violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet, has been awarded the President’s Medal by Juilliard president Joseph Polisi. The quartet’s long-time teaching studio at the...

News Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja receives RPS Music Award for Instrumentalist

The Moldovan artist is described by the jury as an ‘irresistible force of nature’

Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja received this year’s RPS Music Award for Instrumentalist at a ceremony held at London’s Dorchester Hotel last night. She was described by the jury as an...

News Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Seville music conservatory threatened with closure for noise offences

The Manuel Castillo Conservatory has been fined and ordered to reduce noise levels immediately

A council in the Spanish city of Seville has issued a fine against a music school and threatened closure for ‘very serious’ noise offences, it has been reported. The...

News Tuesday, 13 May 2014

US bow maker William Salchow dies aged 88

The New York-based craftsman had a 50-year career and was a formative influence on the next generation of makers

William Salchow, one of America’s most renowned bow makers, has died at the age of 88. A master bow maker since the early 1960s, he was instrumental in the growth of the craft in the US through...

News Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Fédor Roudine wins Henri Marteau Violin Competition in Germany

The 21-year-old violinist receives a €10,000 prize

Fédor Roudine has been named the winner of the Fifth International Henri Marteau Violin Competition in Lichtenberg, Germany. The Russian violinist receives €10,000 and...

Focus Tuesday, 13 May 2014

11 stretching exercises for musicians

Do you feel tired and stiff after performing? Pilates instructor John Black explains how some simple stretching exercises can make all the difference

Musicians have the general problem of having to stay in one – often far from natural – position for long periods. Also, there is a lot of rotation involved, with extraordinary demands made...

News Monday, 12 May 2014

Takács Quartet receives Wigmore Hall Medal

The London venue launched the award for international artists in 2007

The Takács Quartet was awarded the Wigmore Hall Medal on Saturday 10 May. Launched in 2007, the award is presented by the London concert hall to an international artist with a strong association...

Focus Monday, 12 May 2014

Leadership and diplomacy: how to be a good orchestral concertmaster

Former concertmaster John Georgiadis tells Julian Haylock his memories of the London Symphony Orchestra

What special qualities make a good concertmaster?To be aware of everything around you: first the violin section, then the string section and then the rest of the orchestra. Also to ...

News Monday, 12 May 2014

Russian cellist Dmitry Volkov dies aged 26

The cellist’s Russian Trio was named winner of the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition last month

Dmitry Volkov, cellist of the prize-winning Russian Trio, has died suddenly at the age of 26. The cause of death is currently unexplained.

Volkov’s Baltimore-based piano trio was named ...

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