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News Thursday, 02 January 2014

Danish violin maker Lise Jørgensen dies aged 51

Danish violin maker and restorer Lise Ingeborg Jørgensen has died aged 51 following a long battle with cancer. 

Jørgensen became interested in violins while at school, and ...

News Tuesday, 24 December 2013

German music schools report 14 per cent rise in student numbers

The number of young people learning musical instruments in Germany has risen by 14 per cent in the past decade, according to new figures released by the Association of German Music Schools (AGMS). A...

News Tuesday, 24 December 2013

The Strad January 2014 issue is on sale now

The January issue of The Strad is now on sale. In our 'Fresh Thinking' edition Californian cello innovator and sound sculptor Zoë Keating reveals how technology and the internet...

Focus Tuesday, 24 December 2013

How I warm up: violist Maxim Rysanov

In the January issue, the Russian-born viola player discusses practising Bach's Cello Suites arranged for viola. Here, he gives an insight into his detailed warm-up regimen

My full warm-up routine usually takes about 30–40 minutes. Normally I warm up with a four-octave scale, four octaves of arpeggios, and two octaves of double-stops. The scale I choose is always...

Focus Monday, 23 December 2013

Our 13 most-read focus pieces and blogs from 2013

A look back at The Strad’s most-read focus articles and blog posts this year reveals a wide range of interests, from hardy perennial questions on subjects like injury avoidance, how often to change...

News Monday, 23 December 2013

Cellist wins £8,000 first prize at 2013 Penderecki Competition

French–Armenian cellist Astrig Siranossian has won the first prize at the second International Krzysztof Penderecki Cello Competition. The 25-year-old (pictured) received PLN40,000 (£8,000)...

Focus Sunday, 22 December 2013

How to develop great performing presence

Great stage actors have an aura of positive energy and openness that string players can access, too. Acting coach Patsy Rodenburg tells Ariane Todes how

Sometimes it takes a person with a different perspective to be honest and objective. Voice and acting coach Patsy Rodenburg has worked with some of the biggest names in theatre, film and TV, and for...

Focus Sunday, 22 December 2013

From the archive: how to annoy a great composer

In an extract from his memoirs, published in The Strad, January 1914, orchestral violinist William Quirke recalls Richard Wagner’s arrival in London in 1877 for a series of concerts of his own work

“RECOLLECTIONS OF A VIOLINIST” BY W. M. QUIRKE THE immortal Wagner is coming to London when at the zenith of his glory. A large orchestra is engaged for a series of ten ...

News Saturday, 21 December 2013

Hungarian violinist János Négyesy dies aged 75

Violinist and pedagogue János Négyesy died on 20 December at the age of 75. For more than three decades he was a member of the music faculty at the University of California at San Diego...

Focus Friday, 20 December 2013

A lifetime of achievements: pioneering American violinist Maud Powell

Karen Shaffer celebrates the groundbreaking US performer, whose consummate skill and communicative abilities impressed aficionados and the general public alike

An energetic pioneer of classical music in North America, Maud Powell won over the US public with her stylish playing, tireless enthusiasm for touring, innovative recital programming and robust good...

serene violin solo pre-1917
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I want to try some new strings on my violin. It's English, 1875, and has quite...
violin left hand position
I have a new student , quite advanced, who has a 'double jointed' left thumb...
Electric violin and bows stolen in London
My friend John Garner's asking for help regarding his electric violin. Please...
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