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Focus Friday, 14 March 2014

How a hand injury impacted cellist Julian Steckel emotionally as well as physically

The international cello soloist and chamber musician on his recovery from a motorbike accident

How did you injure your hand?

It happened in June 2005 when I was studying in Vienna with Heinrich Schiff. I had just finished an intensive chamber music festival in Heimbach...

Blogs Thursday, 13 March 2014

Travelling with cellos on trains and planes is never easy

Cello octet Cellophony have encountered various difficulties when touring, but charm and optimism go a long way, writes ensemble member Richard Birchall

Cellists regard their cellos rather like they might their own children. It is inevitable when you spend so much time in each other's company that a deep bond of affection will develop, and instruments...

News Thursday, 13 March 2014

Toronto Symphony Orchestra cellists to give 22 ‘pop-up’ performances

The performances will take place daily in unexpected locations as part of the Keep Toronto Reading festival

This year’s Keep Toronto Reading Festival is to feature 22 days of cello performances by members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Organised by the Toronto Public Library, the city-wide celebration...

Focus Wednesday, 12 March 2014

8 opinions on performance and career by violinist Ivry Gitlis

The great violinist reveals his sometimes surprising views on performance and the music business to Ariane Todes to mark his 90th birthday in The Strad’s August 2012 issue

On learning repertoireI was never a workaholic, except when I had to work really hard, for example when I agreed to record the Paganini caprices. I had never played them all, so I would...

Blogs Wednesday, 12 March 2014

A Brief Survey of Summer Festivals Without All the Bother of Joining a String Quartet – Part Seven

American String Quartet violist Daniel Avshalomov visits Cremona, home of Stradivari, to meet current Cremonese luthiers, Eva and Hristo Marino

A piazza Stradivari - no surprise, and richly deserved. A Stradivari cheese shop - well, why not? Doubtless the man enjoyed a bit of formaggio now and then. But a Stradivari travel...

News Wednesday, 12 March 2014

London’s Royal College of Music launches postgraduate string quartet programme

The new Artist Diploma provides an intense year of study for a pre-formed quartet

London’s Royal College of Music is launching a new postgraduate programme for an advanced string quartet. The Artist Diploma in Chamber Music will launch in September 2014, providing the opportunity...

News Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Study finds orchestras are judged more on what audiences see than what they hear

Research conducted at University College London pitted world-ranking orchestras against regional and university ensembles

A study conducted at University College London has found that audiences judge the quality of orchestral performance more by what they see than by what they hear. Dr Chia-Jung Tsay, a psychologist who...

Debate Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Museums must be allowed to display historic instruments to the public

Suggestions that instrumental care is too delicate a task for museums are dangerously wide of the mark, and pay scant regard to their educational objectives, argues Alex Robinson

Among the basic purposes of any museum are the preservation of historic artefacts and the education of visitors. Applied to musical instruments, these goals can seem at odds. On one hand, most instruments...

News Monday, 10 March 2014

Violinist Nicola Benedetti named Cheltenham Music Festival artist-in-residence

The UK festival celebrates its 70th birthday in July this year

Violinist Nicola Benedetti (pictured) is to be artist-in-residence at the 70th Cheltenham Music Festival, held 2-13 July 2014. She will feature in works including Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, ...

News Monday, 10 March 2014

Pacem in Terris competition awards cellist Valentino Worlitzsch €10,000 first prize

The event for young violinists and cellists takes place for the first time in seven years in Bayreuth

German cellist Valentino Worlitzsch (pictured), aged 24, has been awarded first prize, worth €10,000, at the 2014 Pacem in Terris International Music Competition in Bayreuth...

viola stolen!
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violin left hand position
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serene violin solo pre-1917
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