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News Friday, 21 March 2014

Yo-Yo Ma to receive the inaugural Fred Rogers Legacy Award

US cellist Yo-Yo Ma has been named the recipient of the inaugural Fred Rogers Legacy Award. The 58-year-old (pictured) will receive the honour at a ceremony on 23 May at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe...

Focus Friday, 21 March 2014

Violist Lesley Robertson on taking the plunge with laser eye surgery

In this Health Matters article from The Strad, June 2009, the St Lawrence Quartet player describes the process of having her eyes lasered

What made you decide to have laser eye surgery?

A friend had very good results when she’d had it done eight or nine years previously. I began to think about it more and...

Focus Thursday, 20 March 2014

How to teach adult string students

Teaching adults need not be a daunting prospect. For Alice McVeigh the rewards outweigh the problems, as she reveals in her guide for tutors

Many years ago, having finished music college, I agreed to fill in as interim cello teacher at a girls’ boarding school in Sevenoaks. I was granted an interview with the head teacher, a Maggie...

Blogs Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Stringed instruments: investment, inflation and accessibility

Stephen Bryant, concertmaster of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, considers the difficulties facing string players when it comes to finding an affordable instrument

It’s not just house prices in London that are soaring out of control – it’s also the cost of stringed instruments. Last year, the 'Vieuxtemps' Guarneri 'del Gesù' violin of ...

Focus Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Tackling the difficult topic of student-teacher relationships

Learning a stringed instrument requires an emotional and mental bond between student and teacher, but what happens when the boundaries blur? Hazel Davis investigates

Kirsty* is 27. She is married with two children. She met her husband when she was 17. He was her cello teacher and was 45 at the time. They were both single when they met. Theirs is a happy marriage...

News Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Violist Dimitri Murrath and Calder Quartet to receive Avery Fisher career grants

The Los Angeles-based Calder Quartet and the Belgian violist Dimitri Murrath have each been named as recipients of Avery Fisher Career Grants for 2014. Worth $25,000, the grants give professional assistance...

Focus Tuesday, 18 March 2014

What conductors want from their string players, by Sir Antonio Pappano

Conductors want more than a fantastic technique, the British conductor tells Ariane Todes

What do you consider the perfect string section in terms of the way it functions and its sound?I need to hear a feeling of movement in the section, a flexibility that creates a tone...

Focus Monday, 17 March 2014

Why historic recordings deserve more air time

Broadcasters routinely neglect and patronise historic recordings made by some of the greatest-ever string players, in favour of modern ones. They’re failing in their duties, according to Tully Potter

Imagine walking into the National Gallery and finding that all exhibits dating from before 1960 had been packed away, because some officious curator had decided they were too old to interest you. Well...

Focus Friday, 14 March 2014

How well did Shakespeare know the violin?

The word ‘violin’ never appears in Shakespeare’s plays, but he left tantalising clues that he knew the instrument well. To mark the Bard's 450th anniversary this month, we republish an article by John Dilworth from 2009

It has to be said straight away that the connection between the Bard and the violin is tenuous. The word ‘violin’ never appears in all his work, as far as I can find out. Viols, lutes, trumpets...

Debate Friday, 14 March 2014

An interesting and well-written biography is key to promoting yourself as a musician

String players shouldn’t put up with badly written, out-of-date biographies put together by agents, argues Helen Michetschläger. Do it yourself and reap the rewards

Musicians often complain that their work is not valued. There are concerns that audiences are getting older, particularly in areas such as chamber music. Press coverage of classical music has dwindled...

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