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News Friday, 20 December 2013

American violinist Maud Powell to receive posthumous lifetime achievement Grammy

The great American violinist Maud Powell (1867–1920) will be awarded a posthumous lifetime achievement award by the Recording Academy at a ceremony the night before the 56th Grammys in January...

Blogs Thursday, 19 December 2013

Aaron Rosand on how to produce a beautiful tone

In the first of a series of articles on violin technique, the American violinist examines the role of the bow in tone production

How do you produce a beautiful tone? It is a question frequently asked. The simple answer is: with the bow. There is no sound until the bow touches the strings. Several factors are involved and coordinated...

Blogs Thursday, 19 December 2013

Violoncello da spalla – story of a rediscovery

Dmitry Badiarov, who crafted the violoncello da spalla that will make its London debut in the hands of Sigiswald Kuijken in March 2014, talks about the process of reconstructing this rare historical instrument

When Sigiswald Kuijken approached me with the idea of reconstructing a violoncello da spalla in 2003 I was on tour with La Petite Bande, the orchestra he had created and conducted for 40 years. ...

Focus Thursday, 19 December 2013

Can you tell a fake instrument from the genuine article?

With more and more instrument forgeries finding their way on to the market, how do experts, dealers and buyers stay wise to deception? Femke Colborne finds out

How do you tell a Stradivari from a forgery; a Guarneri from a phony; an Amati from an amateur? It’s a question that has occupied luthiers, dealers and players all over the world for centuries...

Focus Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Drawing the line with student–teacher relationships

A string player discusses the contentious issue of student–teacher relationships in and out of the conservatoire. Where does responsibility lie?

Music students are surely one of the most vulnerable sections of the student body. With one-to-one tuition an essential part of their education, as their tutors exhort them to express their emotions...

News Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Stolen ‘ex-Kym’ Stradivarius violin fetches £1.385m at auction

The Stradivarius violin belonging to London-based violinist Min-Jin Kym that was stolen at a Pret a Manger sandwich bar in London’s Euston Station in November 2010 and later recovered by police...

News Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Germany’s Notos Piano Quartet triumphs in Italy

The Notos Quartet from Germany has clinched the €12,000 first prize at Italy’s Premio Vittorio Gui International Chamber Music Competition after performing Brahms’s Piano Quartet in...

News Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Sistema Scotland to launch Big Noise project in Aberdeen

Sistema Scotland, the five-year-old youth music programme based on Venezuela’s El Sistema, has announced plans for its third children’s orchestra project in Scotland.

Big Noise Torry...

News Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Extinct stringed instrument to make its London debut

A small-scale cello that sits against the shoulder and is played like a violin will make its London debut as part of a programme from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) on 25 March at Queen...

Focus Monday, 16 December 2013

12 inspiring quotes about string playing

2013: twelve great issues of The Strad; twelve great cover stars. Here are some of the pieces of wisdom and inspiration they shared with us:

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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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