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News Friday, 20 June 2014

Kreutzer Stradivarius violin fails to sell at auction

The instrument has been valued at between $7.5m and $10m

The ‘Kreutzer’ Stradivarius, due to be auctioned by Christie’s in a sealed bidding process on 18 June, has failed to find a buyer. The c1731 instrument –...

Focus Thursday, 19 June 2014

Cellist Pablo Casals on expressive intonation

The great artist believed that 50 per cent of a player's total dramatic power lay in exaggerated intonation, writes former pupil Pamela Hind O'Malley

Casals has long been accepted as the greatest of all string players. His playing was marked by a unique fusion of musicality and technique. But, while many of his technical innovations have now passed...

News Thursday, 19 June 2014

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra criticises Peter Gelb’s ‘runaway spending’

The orchestra is currently locked in a dispute over a potential 16 per cent wage cut

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, which is currently locked in a dispute over wage cuts, has released a report slamming general manager Peter Gelb for his ‘failed artistic vision’ and &lsquo...

News Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Belgian violinist Pierre D’Archambeau has died at the age of 87

Son of cellist Iwan D’Archambeau, Pierre was a successful recitalist and teacher

Belgian-born violinist Pierre D’Archambeau died on 16 June at the age of 87 at his home in Massachusetts. Son of cellist Iwan D’Archambeau of the Flonzaley and Stradivarius quartets, Pierre...

Focus Tuesday, 17 June 2014

How to develop an expressive vibrato

Just one beautiful note is all we need as a starter for a gorgeous vibrato, writes Phyllis Young

The fascinating technique of vibrato is actually based on something very ordinary and common, so we should never be afraid of it. After all, we have been shaking things since we spotted the rattle in...

News Tuesday, 17 June 2014

BBC launches Ten Pieces primary school classical music initiative

The ten chosen works will introduce children to classical music and encourage creativity

The BBC has launched Ten Pieces, a new initiative to familiarise more children with classical music and to inspire creativity. Ten works will be introduced to primary school classes through a range ...

News Monday, 16 June 2014

Zhanbo Zheng wins 2014 Primrose International Viola Competition

The 17-year-old Chinese violist receives a cash award and performance opportunities

Zhanbo Zheng, aged 17, has been named the winner of the 2014 Primrose International Viola Competition in Los Angeles. The Chinese violist receives a cash prize of $5,000, a gold-mounted bow from Arcos...

Focus Monday, 16 June 2014

Tips for proper bow maintenance

There’s more to looking after your bow than simply replacing the hair. Peg Baumgartel gives advice on everything from monitoring straightness to identifying cracks

Maintaining your bow is as important as maintaining your instrument, yet many players do not know what this entails beyond replacing the hair. Your bow can bring you countless hours of enjoyment and...

Focus Friday, 13 June 2014

Teaching a stringed instrument you have never played before

What do you do if you’re asked to teach a stringed instrument that isn’t the one you play? ‘Don’t panic!’ That’s the first rule, according to the experts that Ariane Todes asked

There’s a scene in Evelyn Waugh’s Decline and Fall where the hapless hero, sent down from Oxford and taking up employment at a minor public school, is faced with giving organ lessons for...

News Friday, 13 June 2014

Chicago Symphony Orchestra receives two gifts totalling $32m

The endowments of $15m and $17m will support the orchestra’s education programme and the position of music director

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has announced the receipt of two significant gifts, totalling $32m.

The first endowment of $15m comes from the Chicago-based Negaunee Foundation to provide support...

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