Top stories from the string music world

News Monday, 13 January 2014

Twelve-year-old violinist takes top prize at Jefferson Competition

A twelve-year-old violinist from California has become one of the youngest prize winners at the Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition in the contest's history.

Robert Chien...

News Friday, 10 January 2014

Sphinx Organisation string competition winners to benefit from $4m gift

The Competition is open to Black and Latino string players residing in the US

The Sphinx Organisation, a US non-profit body set up to encourage Black and Latino people into the field of classical music, has received the largest single contribution in its history.

The $4m...

News Thursday, 09 January 2014

Violinist Nemanja Radulović signs an international contract with DG

The 28-year-old Serbian recorded a Paganini album for DG France last year

Flamboyant violinist Nemanja Radulović has signed an international recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon. The 28-year-old Serbian released a Paganini album on DG France last year and has also ...

Focus Thursday, 09 January 2014

Protecting your stringed instrument in sub-zero temperatures

As the 'polar vortex' maintains its icy grip on the US, The Strad revisits Douglas Lay's article on keeping your stringed instrument healthy during the winter months

They say that the weather can influence one’s mood. This is at least true of string players when winter is unkind to their instruments. Pegs can spring loose, unpleasant buzzes can suddenly develop...

News Wednesday, 08 January 2014

The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments to celebrate Will Kemp's 100-mile dance

The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments will celebrate the antics of the 16th-century Shakespearean actor Will Kemp this month when it recreates his famous nine-day dance from London to Norwich...

News Tuesday, 07 January 2014

Violinist Augustin Hadelich to make Walt Disney Concert Hall debut

He replaces Christian Tetzlaff, who has pulled out of the LA Phil concerts due to illness

Augustin Hadelich (pictured) is to make his Walt Disney Concert Hall debut at short notice with the Los Angeles Philharmonic this week. He replaces Christian Tetzlaff, who has pulled out due to ...

News Tuesday, 07 January 2014

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Focus Monday, 06 January 2014

Cellist Gary Hoffman on Brahms, bowings, fingerings, and finding the perfect tempo

The cellist, who gives our January Masterclass, shares his deeply philosophical approach to the instrument

In our January issue, Gary Hoffman discusses his interpretation of Brahms's Second Cello Sonata in F major, which he performs at Wigmore Hall on 10 January, 2014. During a three-hour interview with...

Focus Monday, 06 January 2014

Was Sherlock Holmes an accomplished violinist?

As the BBC airs the third season of its hugely popular Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the UK, The Strad revisits Maggie Williams’s article on the genius detective’s far more questionable violin skills

Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous literary character, first appeared in 1887 and went on to feature in four full-length novels and 56 short stories. His day job was as a &lsquo...

Debate Friday, 03 January 2014

Are the achievements of El Sistema the tip of the iceberg?

The results of Sistema-based social programmes are almost impossible to quantify – but as Jonathan Govias argues, the potential of ‘the system’ is boundless

With the British government investing millions of pounds into the development of a national El Sistema network while simultaneously enforcing a policy of austerity, the new question emerging about El...

serene violin solo pre-1917
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violin left hand position
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Electric violin and bows stolen in London
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