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Focus Friday, 11 July 2014

Are quartets of matched instruments the way to perfect harmony?

Four instruments from the same tree, varnished from the same pot, played by a single quartet. Does this make a better ensemble? Katherine Millett investigates

Television cameras greeted the Miró Quartet’s arrival at Alice Tully Hall, New York, in February 2003. ABC News ran an evening feature about the concert and the New York Times raved about...

Focus Thursday, 10 July 2014

6 tips for teaching young violinists by Suzuki instructor Teri Einfeldt

The University of Hartford Suzuki Department chair shares her methods for teaching children

Encourage parental involvementI ask all potential students and their parents to observe six beginner-level lessons before they start. This way the child and the parents can see what...

News Thursday, 10 July 2014

Charles Castleman appointed professor of violin at Miami’s Frost School of Music

The violinist is currently a professor at the Eastman School of Music in New York

The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami has appointed Charles Castleman as its new professor of violin. The musician is currently professor of violin at the Eastman School of Music at University...

News Thursday, 10 July 2014

University of Michigan appoints violinist Danielle Belen to its string faculty

The musician is a seasoned pedagogue and member of the Colburn School violin faculty

Danielle Belen has joined the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance as associate professor of violin.

A graduate of USC Thornton School of Music and Colburn Conservatory...

Focus Wednesday, 09 July 2014

When should a child start learning a stringed instrument?

The age that a child should start learning a stringed instrument can be a tricky question for parents, and a tough decision for teachers. Tim Homfray asks teaching experts for their advice

It is a common belief that all great musicians began their glittering careers when they were scarcely out of nappies. Child prodigies have always been popular, the biographies of performers...

News Wednesday, 09 July 2014

1710 ‘Ivashkin’ Guarneri cello loaned to Canadian Korean artist Soo Bae

The instrument was previously on permanent loan to the late Russian cellist Alexander Ivashkin

Following the death of Alexander Ivashkin (pictured) in January, Christopher Marshall, director of Old and New Strings Ltd New Zealand, has loaned the 1710 Guarneri 'filius andreae'...

Focus Tuesday, 08 July 2014

8 ways to improve shifting for string players

Advice on how to shift smoothly and cleanly from 120 years of The Strad

I have always maintained that the acquirement of a good or a bad shift is largely a matter of mental outlook rather than one of mechanics; a psychological exercise rather than a technical one. I am ...

News Tuesday, 08 July 2014

Violinist and sex abuse victim Frances Andrade was in ‘incredible despair’, inquest hears

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

Violinist Frances Andrade, who gave evidence of sexual abuse at the trial of former chorus master Michael Brewer, ‘fell into incredible despair,’ her husband has told an inquest into her...

Blogs Monday, 07 July 2014

Bring back violin recitals of the Golden Era, says Aaron Rosand

Recital programmes should be like a well-balanced meal, and always incorporate tasteful virtuoso pieces, argues the American maestro

Recital programmes have changed dramatically over the past 50 years. In the Golden Era when the illustrious greats of the violin world were in their heyday, recital aficionados thronged to hear the ...

News Monday, 07 July 2014

Violinist Ziyu He wins 2014 Eurovision Young Musicians competition

The 15-year-old performed Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto in the final

Violinist Ziyu He was named the winner of the 2014 Eurovision Young Musicians competition in Cologne, Germany last month for his interpretation of Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto. The Chinese...

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