Top stories from the string music world

News Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Drink and drug addiction is rife in the classical music world, says cellist

The comments were made by a former National Youth Orchestra musician taking part in new documentary, ‘Addicts’ Symphony’

Drink and drug addiction is endemic in the world of classical music, a musician has claimed. Cellist Rachael Lander, who appears in forthcoming Channel 4 documentary, ‘Addicts’ Symphony&rsquo...

Blogs Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Correct posture can significantly improve your playing, writes Aaron Rosand

Good standing and sitting positions, and avoiding using a shoulder rest, are all important for optimum performance, says the American violin virtuoso

Have you ever stopped to think that if it looks good it will sound better? Appearance is an important part of the complete package, and more attention should be given to this integral...

News Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The Strad September 2014 issue is out now

Our education focus celebrates the great teachers of today's leading players

The September issue of The Strad is on sale now ― an education special celebrating today's great string players and the teachers who inspired them.

We also examine...

Focus Monday, 18 August 2014

Studying the violin with Jascha Heifetz

Sherry Kloss, Heifetz's assistant at the University of Southern California, and the recipient of his Tononi violin, shares some memories of her teacher and mentor

My association with the Master began in 1974 in Palm Springs California, where I had just been chosen a winner of a major competition. The Dean of the University of Southern California asked me if I...

News Monday, 18 August 2014

Edinburgh luthier crafts ‘Wilfred Owen Violin’ to commemorate First World War

The instrument has been made from the branch of a tree growing in the grounds of the former Craiglockhart War Hospital

Edinburgh-based luthier Steve Burnett has crafted a violin to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. The ‘Wilfred Owen Violin’ was created during a six-month period from...

Focus Friday, 15 August 2014

How to develop left-hand finger strength

Up and down movement is the basis of left-hand technique and many pedagogues have invented fiendish exercises to improve it. Rok Klopčič takes a look at some of them

To play even the most simple melody we must stop the string in order to define pitch, making vertical finger motion the central element of left-hand technique. As a result it has received much attention...

News Friday, 15 August 2014

Professor Zakhar Bron launches International Boris Goldstein Violin Competition Bern

The Swiss competition takes place in January next year

Applications are now open for the International Boris Goldstein Violin Competition in Bern, Switzerland. Launched by Professor Zakhar Bron, teacher of such leading stars as Vadim Repin and Maxim Vengerov...

Focus Thursday, 14 August 2014

6 tips for smooth bow changes

Advice on smooth and inaudible bow changes at the tip and the heel from The Strad’s archives

The problem of effecting a smooth and inaudible change of bow at the nut (most players do it well at the point) is one that long occupied the thoughts of our greatest teachers. The consensus seems to...

News Thursday, 14 August 2014

Conductor and period music specialist Frans Brüggen has died aged 79

The Dutch musician co-founded the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century

Dutch conductor and period music specialist Frans Brüggen died yesterday at the age of 79. The Amsterdam native was a noted recorder player and Baroque flautist, who conducted such leading orchestras...

News Thursday, 14 August 2014

Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg principal double bass Martin Bürgschwendtner has died aged 48

The musician performed with the orchestra for 30 years

Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg principal double bass Martin Bürgschwendtner has died at the age of 48 following a long illness. The musician was a member of the orchestra for 30 years, joining in...

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