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News Monday, 28 July 2014

Violinist Frances Andrade ‘failed’ by mental health services, says coroner

The 48-year-old musician took her own life after giving evidence of sexual abuse against former Chetham’s School of Music teacher Michael Brewer

Violinist Frances Andrade, who died a week after giving evidence of sexual abuse at the trial of former chorus master Michael Brewer, was ‘failed’ by mental health services, according to...

News Friday, 25 July 2014

Violinist and pedagogue Ik-Hwan Bae has died aged 57

The South-Korean-born artist taught at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music

South-Korean-born violinist and pedagogue Ik-Hawn Bae died yesterday at the age of 57. A sought-after soloist in Europe, Asia and the United States, he taught at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins...

Blogs Friday, 25 July 2014

5 pieces of advice for playing Bach by violinist Lisa Batiashvili

The artist shares her ideas about performing works of the great Baroque composer

There is no single correct way to interpret BachOne needs to spend some time thinking about how to interpret Bach. I have played his music through the years – thought a lot about...

News Friday, 25 July 2014

Lipinski Stradivarius violin thief receives three-and-a-half-year prison sentence

Universal Knowledge Allah admitted supplying the Taser used to attack Milwaukee Symphony concertmaster Frank Almond

Universal Knowledge Allah, one of two men charged for the robbery of the 300-year-old 'Lipinski' Stradivarius violin, has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison. The thief pleaded guilty...

Blogs Thursday, 24 July 2014

Sally Beamish on writing her war-themed Violin Concerto

With the work’s imminent London premiere by Anthony Marwood at the BBC Proms on 1 August, the composer remembers its ‘difficult birth’

Looking back on the process of writing my Violin Concerto in 1994, I remember it had a difficult birth.  At the time, I had only written one short symphonic work. With no formal training, I pored...

News Thursday, 24 July 2014

Violinist Hilary Hahn cancels all performances for six weeks

The star performer is suffering from an inflamed muscle

Hilary Hahn has been forced to withdraw from all of her appearances over the next six weeks due to an inflamed muscle. The violinist was due to perform with pianist Jan Lisiecki and the Annex String...

News Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Joshua Bell renews music director contract with Academy of St Martin in the Fields

The violinist has signed a three-year extension until summer 2017

Joshua Bell has renewed his contract as music director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields for a further three years until summer 2017. The violinist has already spent three years at the helm ...

Focus Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Is repetitive practice a good or a bad thing?

A prolonged, sickening and monotonous repetition of a section of music or the legitimate means of mastering a difficult passage? Joseph O'Doherty weighs up the two sides.

Should repetitive practice be abolished or should it be retained in pupils' home practice? One cannot not answer these questions properly unless it is clearly understood what exactly is meant by 'repetitive...

News Wednesday, 23 July 2014

ISM's Protect Music Education secures £17m in extra funding for UK children

The Incorporated Society of Musicians’ project was launched in April in response to proposed government cuts

The Incorporated Society of Musicians’ Protect Music Education campaign has been successful in securing a further £17m from the UK government for the county’s network of 123 music ...

News Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Japanese student wins violin category of International Bach Competition

Seiji Okamoto triumphed at the final, held in Leipzig, Germany on 18 July

Japanese student Seiji Okamoto has been awarded first prize in the violin category of the 19th International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany. The 20-year-old, who attends the Tokyo...

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