Top stories from the string music world

News Friday, 06 December 2013

Cremonese luthiers shape their craft

This photograph by Italian artist Ettore Favini is one of a series called Ipotesi di Finito #4 – Dare forma alla cultura – a collaborative project involving people who work...

Debate Thursday, 05 December 2013

Do top ten lists miss the whole point of music?

The compulsion to rank performers by number denies the subtlety and diversity of their craft, argues Ariane Todes

Top ten this; top forty that. Barely a week goes by without a three-hour television programme compiling the top hundred films, comedians, adverts – whatever – ever. Or magazines whose covers...

News Thursday, 05 December 2013

Viola player and pedagogue John White dies

Tully Potter pays tribute to a violist who influenced a generation of British players

John White, founder violist of the Alberni Quartet, longtime professor of viola at the Royal Academy of Music and a leading personality of the viola world, died on 1 December at St Clare's Hospice near...

News Wednesday, 04 December 2013

Bowdoin Music Festival names string-playing brothers as new directors

Violist Phillip Ying and his brother, cellist David Ying, are to take over as co-artistic directors of the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brunswick, Maine, US, from the close of the festival's...

Debate Wednesday, 04 December 2013

Too much too young

Competition juries are too easily swayed by young talent, argues Tully Potter. True string playing greatness comes from experience

The worst result that can emerge from a musical competition is for the jury to give the first prize to a teenager. I have seen it happen so many times, and I would like to know where all those young...

Focus Tuesday, 03 December 2013

Do you encourage viola students to bring chamber music parts to lessons?

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

Do you encourage viola students to bring chamber music parts to lessons, and if so, how do you work on them?

John Govey, Middlesbrough, UK


Bruno ...

News Tuesday, 03 December 2013

China's Sihao He wins Gaspar Cassado Competition

Sihao He, from Shanghai, has won first prize and around $15,000 at the Gaspar Cassado International Violoncello Competition in Hachioji, Japan. 

The 20-year-old performed Schumann's Cello...

Focus Tuesday, 03 December 2013

Adrian Anantawan on teaching kids with limb differences

Canadian violinist Adrian Anantawan was born without a right hand. He began studying the violin at the age of nine and attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where his teachers were Ida Kavafian...

Focus Monday, 02 December 2013

Ask the Experts – the new advice column from The Strad

Do you have a burning question about any aspect of the string world but have never known whom to ask?

Perhaps you have a problem you need to solve or a mystery you’d like explained? Whether you’re a performer, teacher or maker with a question about practising or playing, instrument history...

News Monday, 02 December 2013

Top lots from Skinner Auctioneers’ November auction

Skinner Auctioneers has released the results of its November auction in Boston, US. Among the top lots for stringed instruments was a Nicolaus Gagliano violin (pictured) from Naples made in 1720, which...

serene violin solo pre-1917
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I want to try some new strings on my violin. It's English, 1875, and has quite...
violin left hand position
I have a new student , quite advanced, who has a 'double jointed' left thumb...
Electric violin and bows stolen in London
My friend John Garner's asking for help regarding his electric violin. Please...
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