Top stories from the string music world

Focus Tuesday, 27 May 2014

7 things to remember when buying a bow

Bows for so long seen as mere accessories, are increasingly attracting serious investors, writes Femke Colborne

Traditionally thought of merely as accessories, bows are becoming more and more important – not only to players, but also to investors. Bows by certain makers now regularly fetch upwards of $100...

News Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Pro Arte String Quartet detained by customs in Belgium over ivory concerns

Violist Sally Chisholm and cellist Parry Karp were denied entry for several hours when their instrument passports weren’t recognised

Two members of the Pro Arte Quartet from the University of Wisconsin were detained for several hours by customs at Brussels Airport last week over concerns their instruments and bows contained endangered...

News Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Time For Three violinists denied access to US Airways flight with instruments

Two musicians left alone on the tarmac with no further direction

Two violinists from string ensemble Time For Three were left stranded on the tarmac at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on the weekend when the captain and crew decided that their violins were...

Blogs Friday, 23 May 2014

Violinist Bin Huang on playing the 'Salabue', 'Berta' Guadagnini - listen to a clip

The violinist performed Bach's Chaconne on the instrument during a recent trip to Italy

Visiting Giovanni Accornero at his home means playing at least two dozen top-quality violins ranging from modern to antique, discussing their qualities, comparing them with each other, and just having...

News Friday, 23 May 2014

St Louis Symphony Orchestra appoints three new violists

Jonathan Chu, Xi Zhang and Chris Tantillo take up their posts from the 2014-15 season

The St Louis Symphony Orchestra has appointed three new violists to its ranks from the 2014-15 season.

Jonathan Chu, who has served as a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since the beginning...

News Friday, 23 May 2014

The Strad June 2014 issue is out now

The issue includes the wonderfully preserved ‘Salabue’, ‘Berta’ Guadagnini violin and New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow on his 34-year career

The June issue of The Strad is on sale now, in which we investigate the beautifully preserved 1774 ‘Salabue’, ‘Berta’ Guadagnini violin and what it can tell ...

Focus Thursday, 22 May 2014

How to nurture a musical prodigy

Early public exposure and adulation can overwhelm highly gifted youngsters. Catherine Nelson talks to expert teachers about how they help prodigies cope

What exactly defines a prodigy? Nicolas Chisholm, head of the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey, explains that it has some strange connotations: ‘Prodigy is a dangerous word – it derives from...

Blogs Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Violinist Aaron Rosand on why memorisation is key to interpretation

In the latest in his series on violin technique the American maestro discusses the importance of understanding a work's cultural background and performing by memory to convey this

Begin by studying the score with or without the violin in hand. Sing the line to yourself to better understand how you want to hear it played. We must respect the composer’s intentions, such as...

News Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Handwritten manuscript of Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony sells for £1.2m

The only surviving autograph score has been bought by a private investor

The only surviving handwritten manuscript of Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony has been sold for £1.2m by Sotheby’s in London to a private investor. The 320-page score, which was thought...

Focus Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Double Acts: Mstislav Rostropovich and Maxim Vengerov

Before he became friends with Mstislav Rostropovich, Maxim Vengerov had to learn how to drink

MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVICH I don't remember the first time I met Maxim, because now it is as if we have always been together. He has such a career, such a gift for making music, such gifts...

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