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News Thursday, 24 April 2014

Rhode Island Philharmonic concertmaster Charles Sherba dies aged 62

The US violinist also taught at Brown University since 1986

US violinist and pedagogue Charles Sherba died on 19 April after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 62. Sherba served for 27 seasons as concertmaster of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and had been...

Focus Thursday, 24 April 2014

Double bass beginners should play in all left-hand positions

Bassist Tom Martin, who is interviewed for the May issue's Ask the Teacher, tells Pauline Harding why double bass beginners shouldn't restrict themselves to playing in the lower positions

Many students have had poor training before they come to college: perhaps they learnt with someone who doesn’t play the bass, or they taught themselves. I spent years teaching myself, and a lot...

News Thursday, 24 April 2014

Guarneri violin copy to be auctioned for charity Luthiers Sans Frontières

The sale, through Ingles and Hayday, is expected to make £3,000-£5,000

Luthiers Sans Frontières, a charity which provides training in the repair and maintenance of stringed instruments in countries where resources are scarce, has been gifted a Guarneri violin copy...

Focus Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Where should string players look when performing from memory on stage?

Teacher Talk: your string teaching questions answered by our panel of experts

Where should violinists look when they are performing from memory on stage? DANIEL ARSHAVSKY, ATLANTA, US

GÉZA SZILVAY Performing from memory on stage...

Blogs Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Violinist Roman Mints on overcoming a career-threatening ganglion

The Russian musician was forced to withstand ten needle treatments to drain the recurring cyst – and was advised to keep playing throughout his ordeal

It’s a musician’s worst nightmare to wake up with a pain in his hand. I had devoted the whole of my conscious life from the age of five to a career as a professional violinist; there is ...

News Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Campaigns to protect government music education launch in Australia and the UK

The UK’s ISM and Australia’s The Music Trust warn that lack of funding will impact children from poorer backgrounds

Campaigns to ensure that school children have access to classroom and instrumental music education have launched both in Australia and the UK.

The Incorporated Society of Musicians has established...

News Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Kreutzer Stradivarius violin to be auctioned by Christie's in New York

Watch a video of Joshua Bell playing the instrument, which is valued around $7.5m

The ‘Kreutzer’ Stradivarius is due to be auctioned by Christie’s in New York on 18 June, with an expected sale price of $7.5m (£4.46m). The c1731 instrument – named for...

Blogs Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Violinist Aaron Rosand on improving bow technique

In the latest in his series on violin technique the American maestro discusses the art of the bow and the importance of a relaxed right hand to produce a good sound

To improve your playing, your principal practice should be confined to the use of the bow in order to achieve complete command in the execution and expression of the music to be played. How you draw...

News Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Louisville String Academy awarded $240,000 Starling Foundation grant

Given over three years, the award aims to support violin playing at the highest level

The Louisville String Academy, part of the University of Louisville, has been awarded $240,000 over three years by the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation – a Houston-based body, which aims to...

News Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The Strad May 2014 issue is out now

The issue includes Italian violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg on her multifaceted career, preparing for orchestral auditions, and the Kronos Quartet in pictures

The May issue of The Strad is on sale now, in which we interview Italian violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg on her varied career – from leading her own chamber ensemble to founding...

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