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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...

News Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Violinist Kyung Wha Chung to make UK stage comeback

The return follows a five-year hiatus for the Korean artist and educator due to injury

Kyung Wha Chung is to return to the UK for the first time in twelve years to give two comeback recitals. The Korean violinist will perform with pianist Kevin Kenner at St George’s Hall Concert...

Focus Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Me and my teacher: Dan Styffe and Gary Karr

The double bass virtuoso taught Styffe how to control the pressures of the world outside the teaching studio

I started on the violin and the electric bass. I didn’t play the double bass until I was 17 and then it was by mistake. I went to music school to learn the electric bass and get into jazz and ...

Focus Tuesday, 12 August 2014

How to bow with absolute precision

Awareness of the movement of each right-hand finger is one of the great secrets of bowing, writes Rok Klopčič

There are at least two different concepts of right-hand hold in the violin literature. One is that of Galamian, who wrote that it is ‘based on a system of springs’; and the other is that...

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