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Blogs Monday, 07 April 2014

Violinist Jack Liebeck on weaving a story in Kreisler encores

Liebeck has teamed with pianist Katya Apekisheva to release an album of Kreisler compositions and arrangements on Hyperion. Here he describes the selection and recording process.

When I first suggested to Hyperion Records that they had a gap in their catalogue with a lack of any works by Fritz Kreisler, I did so without thinking of the workload!  Just choosing the pieces...

Blogs Friday, 04 April 2014

Russian violin teacher Yuri Yankelevich on how to achieve quick reflexes in your playing

Yankelevich believed that violin playing is based on key physiological principles. In preparing the English translation of his works, Masha Lankovsky takes a look at some of his suggestions

Many great pedagogues have observed that one should play with the ‘head” and not with the ‘hands’, but consciousness goes beyond just understanding the purpose and nature of ...

News Friday, 04 April 2014

Violinist Itzhak Perlman publishes statement about his mistreatment at Toronto airport

The disabled virtuoso was abandoned by a member of staff and forced to make his way through customs with his luggage and violin

Itzhak Perlman has published a statement on his Facebook page about his mistreatment by a member of staff at Toronto airport on Monday. The virtuoso violinist, who moves about via a mobility scooter...

Blogs Thursday, 03 April 2014

Class and race should not be barriers to a classical music education

American violinist Tai Murray introduces some of the themes of her talk on ‘Class, Race and Classical Music’ with political activist Candace Allen at the English Speaking Union next week

I am back in London on Sunday 6 April for a coffee concert at Wigmore Hall. On Wednesday 9 April I will join Candace Allen – author of 'Soul Music: The Pulse Of Race And Music' &ndash...

News Thursday, 03 April 2014

Unfinished Dvořák manuscript to be presented in New York

Early version of the Cello Concerto's solo part may reveal clues to composer's thought process

An unfinished manuscript of the solo cello part of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto has come to light in New York. It is to be presented to the public for the first time at an event in the city ...

Focus Thursday, 03 April 2014

Ask the Experts: how to guarantee a violin's resaleability

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

In the fourth of the series, three instrument dealers discuss a player's concerns about buying a new violin.

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

Blogs Wednesday, 02 April 2014

Aaron Rosand on finding the correct bowings and fingerings

There are no short cuts to discovering the fingerings and bowings to suit your hands, writes the American violinist. Practice and more practice is the key.

Have you ever thought about an edition of music by a great violinist, as having a lesson from a master? An edition can provide an invaluable learning experience if studied thoughtfully. Bowings can ...

News Wednesday, 02 April 2014

Anker Buch, ‘the Victor Borge of the violin’, has died aged 74

The Danish violinist became famous for mixing music and comedy

Danish violinist and teacher Anker Buch, who became famous in the US for mixing music and comedy, has died at the age of 74. Born in Aalborg in 1940, he began playing the violin aged eight. He first...

News Wednesday, 02 April 2014

Video: Violinist Itzhak Perlman speaks about his mistreatment at Toronto’s Pearson Airport

The disabled virtuoso was abandoned by a member of staff and forced to make his way through customs with his luggage and violin

Itzhak Perlman has spoken to CBC News about his treatment by a member of staff at Toronto airport on Monday. The virtuoso violinist, who moves about via a mobility scooter, was abandoned by ...

Debate Wednesday, 02 April 2014

Should music tuition revolve around passing exams?

Toby Deller argues that young players should be inspired by fulfilling experiences

There’s a story about a boy who has just finished his instrumental exam and begs to know whether he has passed. Unfortunately, replies the examiner, he’s not allowed to say, but the results...

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