Top stories from the string music world

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...

News Friday, 14 March 2014

Yuri Bashmet loses honorary professorship at Lviv music academy

The violist, violinist and conductor Yuri Bashmet has been stripped of his title as honorary professor at the Lviv National Music Academy (LNMA) in Lviv, Ukraine. Bashmet, 61, was granted the title ...

Focus Friday, 14 March 2014

How a hand injury impacted cellist Julian Steckel emotionally as well as physically

The international cello soloist and chamber musician on his recovery from a motorbike accident

How did you injure your hand?

It happened in June 2005 when I was studying in Vienna with Heinrich Schiff. I had just finished an intensive chamber music festival in Heimbach...

Blogs Thursday, 13 March 2014

Travelling with cellos on trains and planes is never easy

Cello octet Cellophony have encountered various difficulties when touring, but charm and optimism go a long way, writes ensemble member Richard Birchall

Cellists regard their cellos rather like they might their own children. It is inevitable when you spend so much time in each other's company that a deep bond of affection will develop, and instruments...

News Thursday, 13 March 2014

Toronto Symphony Orchestra cellists to give 22 ‘pop-up’ performances

The performances will take place daily in unexpected locations as part of the Keep Toronto Reading festival

This year’s Keep Toronto Reading Festival is to feature 22 days of cello performances by members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Organised by the Toronto Public Library, the city-wide celebration...

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