Top stories from the string music world

News Thursday, 10 April 2014

LeoGroup purchases multi-million dollar Stradivarius violin with digital currency bitcoin

The violin was sold by New York firm Carpenter Fine Violins in the landmark deal

Financial advisory firm Leo Group LLC has purchased a multi-million dollar Stradivarius violin from the maker’s ‘golden period’ using bitcoin – the first...

News Thursday, 10 April 2014

British violinist Thomas Gould signs to Edition Classics

The 30-year-old has signed a four-album deal, with his first release due out in 2015

British violinist Thomas Gould has signed a four-album deal with Edition Classics. The 30-year-old, who is well known to British audiences as concertmaster of the Aurora Orchestra...

News Wednesday, 09 April 2014

Vienna Philharmonic to receive $1m Birgit Nilsson Prize

The orchestra will perform at the award ceremony in Stockholm in October

The 2014 Birgit Nilsson Prize, worth $1m, is to be awarded to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The world's largest award in the field of classical music will be given in the presence of HM King Carl...

Focus Wednesday, 09 April 2014

6 tips for launching a music career after graduation

As hundreds of young string players leave college in a few months, music careers expert Angela Myles Beeching hands on advice for life after graduation

In a rapidly changing profession, unemployment and the difficult economy are always on people’s minds, yet with change in the marketplace comes new opportunities. Today’s emerging string...

News Tuesday, 08 April 2014

Top lots from the March London stringed instrument auctions

Highlights included an English double bass believed to have been made in the capital, an Italian violin by Francesco Ruggeri from 1694 and an Italian cello by Nicolò Gagliano, 1767

A highlight of Amati's March sale in London was an English double bass believed to have been made in the capital and estimated at £8,000–£12,000, which fetched £28,000. In the...

News Tuesday, 08 April 2014

Violinist Renaud Capuçon appointed to the UK’s Royal Northern College of Music

He joins a number of new staff members in 2014 including violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky, violist Vicci Wardman, and violist and conductor Henk Guittart

The Royal Northern College of Music has announced a number of top string appointments starting from September 2014 – following the appointments of violinists Yossi Zivoni and Julia Hanson, and...

Blogs Tuesday, 08 April 2014

When a Stradivarius costs $45m, creating an ‘Art Fund’ for musical instruments is vital

Association of British Orchestras director Mark Pemberton makes the case for a national musical instrument bank in the UK to ensure world-class instruments are not merely the preserve of rich investors

A Stradivarius viola (pictured) made the headlines last month with an asking price of $45m (£27m) at a forthcoming Sotheby’s sale. Next to that stratospheric figure,...

News Monday, 07 April 2014

Blind-tested soloists unable to tell Stradivarius violins from modern instruments

Following the controversial 2010 study in Indianapolis, researchers in Paris invite ten professional musicians to compare twelve instruments

A modern instrument was the clear winner and a Stradivarius the loser in a double-blind test of old Italian and new violins, conducted at the Auditorium Coeur de Ville in Vincennes, Paris. In a follow...

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 ...

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