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Debate Monday, 03 March 2014

A united front against orchestral mergers

More than 20 per cent of Germany’s orchestras have disappeared since 1992. Gerald Mertens examines the reasons why, and asks what can be done to halt the trend

It's hard to understand, even for insiders: in 2016 the South West German Radio (SWR) will merge the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra with the SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra (BBFSO...

Focus Friday, 28 February 2014

Violinist Heime Müller on his search to cure his focal dystonia

In this Health Matters interview from 2009, the German violinist tells how a loss of full finger motion was the first sign of the movement disorder, musician's dystonia

You have had to reduce your playing due to focal dystonia. What were the first signs?

It was in 2003 that I began to notice tiny things. I had a problem with the pattern that...

News Friday, 28 February 2014

The Strad March 2014 issue is on sale now

German special celebrates the Mandelring Quartet’s 30th anniversary and German string education

The March issue of The Strad is on sale now, in which we celebrate the Mandelring Quartet’s 30th anniversary and the thriving specialist system of German string education...

News Thursday, 27 February 2014

Slatkin asks audiences to 'turn their cell phones on’ at Detroit Symphony concert

Ensemble makes a bid to be ‘the most accessible orchestra on the planet’

They’re the bane of musicians and audiences alike, liable to spoil that perfect pianissimo or moment of intense concentration, but on Tuesday night the Detroit Symphony Orchestra&rsquo...

News Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Double bassist wins $50,000 Sphinx prize

Xavier Foley is the first bassist ever to win the Detroit competition for Black and Latino musicians

Xavier Foley (pictured) has become the first double bassist ever to win the Sphinx Competition in Detroit. The 19-year-old, who studies with Hal Robinson and Edgar Meyer at the Curtis Institute, received...

Blogs Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Violinist Gil Shaham on the irresistible lure of 1930s violin concertos

The Turbulent Thirties gave rise to an unprecedented explosion of concertos for the violin from some of the 20th century’s greatest composers. American violinist Gil Shaham shares his thoughts on a choice selection from this most pivotal of decades

It is a striking coincidence that there was such a confluence of violin concertos by great composers between 1931 and 1939. In that single decade we have works by Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Bartó...

News Wednesday, 26 February 2014

In Harmony Telford and Stoke launches new online teaching resource

The digital practice system will benefit just under 900 children in the area

In Harmony Telford and Stoke has launched In Harmony Online, a new teaching method using digital technology, aimed at benefitting just under 900 children in Malinslee, Telford and...

News Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Cellist Zoë Keating publishes 2013 earnings through iTunes, Spotify and YouTube

Streaming services accounted for less than ten per cent of her earnings last year

Cellist and The Strad January 2014 cover star Zoë Keating has published a breakdown of her 2013 earnings as a public document on Google Drive. The highly...

Debate Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Rare musical instruments may be better preserved away from museums

Lack of conservation resources and pressure to restore them or perform on them can put historic instruments at risk, argues Stewart Pollens

Webster’s dictionary defines museums as ‘institutions devoted to the procurement, care, and display of objects of lasting interest or value’. However, after many years as a ...

Focus Monday, 24 February 2014

How to use 'flow' to make the most of your practice

Andreas Burzik offers four principles that will minimise the effort and maximise the effects of practising

Every musician knows that blissful feeling of being totally lost to the world, absorbed and effortlessly involved with one’s instrument. All steps of the activity run seamlessly into each other...

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