Top stories from the string music world

News Monday, 16 December 2013

Eastern Europeans dominate at third Toruń International Violin Competition

Four Eastern Europeans and two South Koreans made it to the final round of this year’s International Violin Competition in Toruń, Poland, which ran from 23 November–2 December. The ...

News Monday, 16 December 2013

Brussels Philharmonic string players to benefit from new instrument investment scheme

The Brussels Philharmonic has set up a new instrument foundation to help investors and philanthropists purchase musical instruments to be played by the orchestra’s musicians.

The Brussels...

News Friday, 13 December 2013

Berlin declares viola 'Instrument of the Year 2014'

An annual citywide festival in Berlin that spotlights underrepresented musical instruments will turn its attention on the viola next year with a series of concerts, workshops and events at locations...

News Friday, 13 December 2013

Gothenburg Symphony launches airport ‘music chairs’ with flashmob performance

Travellers passing through Göteborg Landvetter Airport in Sweden got more than surround sound when they tried out four new ‘music chairs’ installed in the airport’s terminal building...

News Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Musicians forced to take instruments without cases on board flight

Three members of the French string quartet Quatuor Voce were requested to remove their stringed instruments from their cases before taking them on board a flight, the ensemble reported on Twitter.


News Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Bassist designs scordatura pedals for real-time retuning

A young US double bassist and composer is developing a pedal system to allow bass players to change the pitch of strings while playing. Carter Callison, a doctoral student and Manson Composition Fellow...

Focus Wednesday, 11 December 2013

10 things you need to know about the string world

Your rough guide to the string music business

1 House surveys are standard practice, so why not instrument surveys?

The case of the violin dealer Dietmar Machold shows how easily some musicians will part with money...

Focus Tuesday, 10 December 2013

German cellist Maria Kliegel on her mission to meet Nelson Mandela

She tells Naomi Sadler why she spent two years on a quest to present the late former South African president with a musical homage

How many of us have read an inspiring book, wished we could meet the author, but dismissed the idea as impossible? Not German cellist Maria Kliegel. After reading Nelson Mandela’s autobiography...

Debate Monday, 09 December 2013

Must all orchestral string sections sound the same?

Orchestras once boasted unmistakable musical identities, but an emotionally sanitised age has brought about a lamentable universality of sound, says Julian Haylock

The encroaching universality of orchestral sound over the last quarter of a century, including the sad loss of all those intoxicating Franco–Russian string, brass and woodwind timbres, is one ...

Focus Friday, 06 December 2013

A luthier's tribute to Nelson Mandela

Inspired by South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize winners, luthier Brian Lisus made a quartet of instruments that could spread a message of reconciliation and help some of the world’s poorest children to make music. Peter Somerford traces its evolution

On 15 October 1993 Nelson Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. So too was the man who had ordered his release from prison three years earlier, F.W. de Klerk. The prize acknowledged the efforts...

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