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Focus Wednesday, 16 April 2014

How to memorise music for performance

With the right concepts and skills, any musician can successfully learn music by heart, as Gerald Klickstein explains

Is memorising worth the effort? For most musicians, it probably is. Not only do performers report feeling greater artistic freedom when playing from memory, but audiences also prefer memorised solos...

Blogs Tuesday, 15 April 2014

6 pieces of advice for performers by violinist Daniel Hope

The soloist, former Beaux Arts Trio member and associate artistic director of the Savannah Music Festival offers tips for musicians on performing and launching a career

Take advice from your mentorsI had the great fortune and privilege of performing over 60 concerts with Lord Menuhin. During the two decades we knew each other, there was not a day with...

News Monday, 14 April 2014

Vadim Repin becomes first soloist to conduct and perform Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto no.1

The violinist stepped in at the Trans-Siberian Arts Festival when scheduled conductor Valery Gergiev was delayed in New York

Violinist Vadim Repin’s Trans-Siberian Arts Festival in Novosibirsk suffered a last-minute no show on Saturday, when Valery Gergiev was delayed in New York. The conductor, who was due to lead ...

Blogs Monday, 14 April 2014

Creating a broad portfolio career rewards both musician and audience

Cellist and baritone Matthew Sharp explains why you should broaden your musical horizons ahead of his RE:naissance festival, celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th anniversary, at London’s Kings Place

I'm writing this on the day that, in 1927, Rostropovich was born – cellist, conductor, teacher, pianist, activist, arranger/composer, art collector, one-time Vogue editor. An early...

Blogs Friday, 11 April 2014

Melancholy and perfectionism: South Korea’s love of Western classical music

German violinist Viktoria Elisabeth Kaunzner reports on her experiences teaching in South Korea for the past three years

I have been teaching violin at the German School of Music Weimar (picture 2) at Kangnam University in South Korea since 2011. The students in my class range from ages 19 to 23 and encompass all standards...

News Friday, 11 April 2014

Bonhams to sell Amati violin once owned by Italian dictator Mussolini

The London auctioneers will sell the instrument, priced at £150,000, on 12 May

A Girolamo (Hieronymus) Amati violin, formerly owned by Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini (first picture), is being offered for sale through Bonhams auctioneers in London...

News Friday, 11 April 2014

Luise Buchberger named Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment co-principal cellist

The 29-year-old from Germany will perform with the orchestra in June

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment has appointed Luise Buchberger (pictured) as its new co-principal cellist. Originally from Frankfurt, the 29-year-old began playing period instruments while...

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...

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