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Focus Thursday, 03 July 2014

There is no such thing as a piano 'accompanist'

String players and pianists are uniting to end the perception of piano accompanists as lesser musicians. Elana Estrin delves into the emerging field of collaborative piano

There has long been a stereotype in the performance community that accompanists are inferior musicians. Not good enough for solo careers, they are hired to perform a service: to obey their musical partner&rsquo...

Blogs Wednesday, 02 July 2014

Young musicians should be given access to historic instruments

The Jumpstart programme offers a vital service in loaning period instruments to young performers, argues York Early Music Festival artistic advisor and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment leader Kati Debretzeni

You never forget the first time. The first time, that is, of playing an instrument infinitely superior to the one you possess and are accustomed to. You feel you can fly, you can suddenly do things ...

News Wednesday, 02 July 2014

French postal service reports cello bow lost and then has the item auctioned

The €2,800 bow had been made for a member of the Paris Opera

A bow sent via French postal service, La Poste, was reported lost by the company only to be auctioned at a later date, according to its maker.

Claudia Carmona, based in Angers, France had been...

News Tuesday, 01 July 2014

Violinist and stringed instrument expert Staffan Borseman has died aged 60

A respected former concertmaster, the artist was founder of Stradivari Invest and creator of the Leopold bow

Violinist and stringed instrument dealer Staffan Borseman has died at the age of 60. Born in Västerås, Sweden on 20 October, 1953 the artist forged an international career as a soloist, chamber...

Focus Tuesday, 01 July 2014

6 pieces of advice for music teachers by cellist Anna Shuttleworth

The former Royal College of Music and Leeds University pedagogue explains why it's important to encourage students to relax

Structure your lessons carefullyI always plan ahead and know what I’m going to do. Whatever the level of the student I start with a scale, then move on to a study or at least ...

News Monday, 30 June 2014

Chicago Chamber Musicians disband due to financial difficulties

The society of 13 musicians was founded in 1986

The Chicago Chamber Musicians (CMM) have announced that they will discontinue all artistic activities from 31 August this year due to financial difficulties. The society of 13 professional artists, ...

Focus Monday, 30 June 2014

7 views on dynamics

Advice on how to produce effective dynamic contrasts from 120 years of The Strad

Bow speed when considered alone seems to have a linear relationship to dynamics: faster = louder; slower= softer. But dynamic changes often imply colour changed and therefore unexpected solutions can...

Debate Friday, 27 June 2014

Too few conductors understand their double bass section

Double bass soloist Gary Karr on the need for conductors' attitudes to change towards his instrument

During my 40 years of soloing with orchestras around the world, I have never ceased to be amazed by the lack of knowledge and respect demonstrated by some conductors towards the double...

News Friday, 27 June 2014

American violinist Janet Packer has died aged 64

The contemporary music advocate was president of the Pro Violino Foundation

American violinist Janet Packer has died at the age of 64. The contemporary music advocate had in recent years premiered works by composers including Gardner Read and Krzysztof Meyer. She was also president...

News Friday, 27 June 2014

Violinist Carolin Widmann wins Schneider-Schott Music Prize

The artist has been recognised for her commitment to the work of living composers

Violinist Carolin Widmann has been named the winner of this year’s Schnieder-Schott Music Prize. The €15,000 award will be presented on 11 November 2014 in a concert with the State Orchestra...

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