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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...

News Tuesday, 01 April 2014

Violinist Itzhak Perlman abandoned by disability staff at Toronto airport

The disabled performer was forced to make his own way through customs with his luggage and violin

Itzhak Perlman was abandoned by a disability assistant at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport on Monday, and forced to make his own way through customs with his luggage and violin, it has...

News Tuesday, 01 April 2014

Name dispute continues between Netherlands Philharmonic and Netherlands Symphony orchestras

In what sounds like an April Fools' Day joke, the Netherlands Symphony is currently the ***** Symphony, writes Heather Kurzbauer

The Amsterdam-based Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Enschede-based (East Netherlands) Netherlands Symphony Orchestra might hold a world record for fighting over a name.

The source ...

News Tuesday, 01 April 2014

New York Philharmonic announces four-year partnership with Music Academy of the West

Music Academy fellows will benefit from training opportunities with New York Phil musicians

The New York Philharmonic (pictured) and the Music Academy of the West have announced a four-year partnership, offering training opportunities for Music Academy...

Debate Monday, 31 March 2014

The skills we learn as musicians can counteract today's short attention spans

Are apps, tweets and status updates killing our minds? Ariane Todes argues that string players are uniquely placed to rise above the dangers of modern technology

Is the internet and mobile technology changing the way we think? It’s a big question these days, one discussed in panicked tones in the various media forms whose existence is threatened by the...

Focus Friday, 28 March 2014

Will orchestras be paperless in the future?

Could a symphony orchestra ditch its entire sheet music library in favour of digital scores and tablet computers? The Brussels Philharmonic is setting out to do just that, as David Kettle reports

The Brussels Philharmonic is on a mission: to become the world’s first paperless orchestra. On 7 November 2012 it gave its first concert playing, not from traditional sheet music, but from tablet...

News Thursday, 27 March 2014

Violinist Hilary Hahn to receive €25,000 Dresden Music Festival Prize

The US violinist Hilary Hahn has been awarded the Dresden Music Festival Prize for 2014. Worth €25,000, the award will be presented at a concert at the Dresden Semperoper on 4 June.In its citation...

Focus Thursday, 27 March 2014

Russian cellist Karine Georgian remembers Mstislav Rostropovich

An intense seven-year period of study at the Moscow Conservatoire was hugely influential

After my father, my main influence was Mstislav Rostropovich, with whom I studied for seven years. When I first came to play to him I brought Prokofiev’s Symphony–Concerto...

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