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Blogs Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Overtones and resonance: why stringed instruments allow you to feel the music

When physicist and engineer Keith Williams began learning the cello, he was able to feel for the first time theoretical sound waves and vibrations

I first played the cello on a visit to see my dear friend and luthier, Oded Kishony. His charming little shop occupies the lower level of his home in the woods near Barboursville, Virginia. There, Kishony...

News Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Anne-Sophie Mutter, Jan Vogler and David Garrett named 2014 Echo Klassik winners

This year’s annual awards, given by the German music industry, take place on 26 October

The winners of the 2014 Echo Klassik awards have been announced, with a number of accolades going to string players. Chosen by the German music industry association, the annual awards honour national...

News Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Violin maker and restorer Michael Carlton Byrd has died aged 62

The American worked for J&A Beare for 20 years

London-based violin specialists J&A Beare have announced the death of 62-year-old Michael Carlton Byrd. The American maker and restorer was suffering from cancer.

Byrd...

News Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Two men arrested over the murder of New York violinist Mary Whitaker

The suspects are also charged with home invasion and robbery, and are being held without bail in Chautauqua County Jail, Mayville

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of violinist Mary Whitaker in Westfield, upstate New York on Wednesday last week. 43-year-old Jonathan Conklin and 30-year-...

Debate Monday, 25 August 2014

Young students must learn to listen if they are to practise effectively

String students who struggle in the early stages of learning often don’t know how to listen. Patiently help them to train their ears, says Peter Quantrill, and practice sessions will become ever more fulfilling

Learning to play an instrument is learning to practise. And learning to practise is learning to listen.

My nine-year-old son has just passed his ABRSM Grade 1 cello exam. He has an excellent ...

Focus Friday, 22 August 2014

Ask the Experts: how to deal with a young problem pupil

Strad readers submit their problems and queries about string playing, teaching or making to a panel of experts

In the ninth of the series, four teachers give their thoughts on helping an errant seven-year-old focus on her lessons.

Do you have a burning question about string playing...

Blogs Thursday, 21 August 2014

12 words of wisdom on practice and performance by Burton Kaplan

The Manhattan School of Music pedagogue offered the following guidance to violinist Ariane Todes when she attended his Magic Mountain Music Farm Practice Marathon Retreat in upstate New York this summer

‘Music isn’t about right pitches. Pitch is more like impressionist painting marks – you can’t look too close up, you have to look from a distance. The trick is to play patterns...

News Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Westchester Philharmonic violinist shot dead in upstate New York home

A prolific freelance musician, Mary Whitaker was a member of the orchestra for over 25 years

Violinist Mary Whitaker has been found dead at her home in Westfield, upstate New York. The 61-year-old died as the result of a gunshot wound, according to Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace...

Blogs Wednesday, 20 August 2014

How to find a new member for your string quartet

The Wihan Quartet’s fist violinist Leos Čepický describes the process of replacing the ensemble’s longtime viola player

This past June my son, Jakub, became the Wihan Quartet's first new player since our formation thirty years ago. Below is an outline of the process of finding a new ensemble member.

A string quartet...

News Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Violinist and teacher Simon Fischer joins Edition Peters Artist Management

The long-time contributor to The Strad has several books published through Edition Peters

Violinist and educator Simon Fischer has joined Edition Peters Artist Management (EPAM). The Guildhall School and Yehudi Menuhin School professor has contributed popular monthly Basics articles to The...

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