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Focus Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Ask the Experts: protecting your instrument in hot and humid temperatures

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

In the eighth of the series, four luthiers and restorers advise a musician on how to care for her instrument during the hot summer months.Do you have a burning question about...

Debate Monday, 28 July 2014

The US ivory ban risks criminalising hard-working musicians

US restrictions on sales of ivory-tipped bows will place unreasonable demands on owners and strip essential music tools of their value, says violin maker and dealer Jay Ifshin

No one should underestimate how disturbing the Obama administration’s ivory ban order is for the world of classical music. Bows are already being seized from international musicians coming to ...

News Monday, 28 July 2014

Music competitions are rife with corruption, says cellist Julian Lloyd Webber

The British musician claims many competitions exist ‘only as a way for teachers to promote their own pupils’

Julian Lloyd Webber has hit out at classical music competitions in The Times, claiming that many are rife with bribery and dishonesty. ‘Almost all music competitions are corrupt and exist only...

News Monday, 28 July 2014

Violinist Frances Andrade ‘failed’ by mental health services, says coroner

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

Violinist Frances Andrade, who died a week after giving evidence of sexual abuse at the trial of former chorus master Michael Brewer, was ‘failed’ by mental health services, according to...

News Friday, 25 July 2014

Violinist and pedagogue Ik-Hwan Bae has died aged 57

The South-Korean-born artist taught at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music

South-Korean-born violinist and pedagogue Ik-Hawn Bae died yesterday at the age of 57. A sought-after soloist in Europe, Asia and the United States, he taught at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins...

Blogs Friday, 25 July 2014

5 pieces of advice for playing Bach by violinist Lisa Batiashvili

The artist shares her ideas about performing works of the great Baroque composer

There is no single correct way to interpret BachOne needs to spend some time thinking about how to interpret Bach. I have played his music through the years – thought a lot about...

News Friday, 25 July 2014

Lipinski Stradivarius violin thief receives three-and-a-half-year prison sentence

Universal Knowledge Allah admitted supplying the Taser used to attack Milwaukee Symphony concertmaster Frank Almond

Universal Knowledge Allah, one of two men charged for the robbery of the 300-year-old 'Lipinski' Stradivarius violin, has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison. The thief pleaded guilty...

Blogs Thursday, 24 July 2014

Sally Beamish on writing her war-themed Violin Concerto

With the work’s imminent London premiere by Anthony Marwood at the BBC Proms on 1 August, the composer remembers its ‘difficult birth’

Looking back on the process of writing my Violin Concerto in 1994, I remember it had a difficult birth.  At the time, I had only written one short symphonic work. With no formal training, I pored...

News Thursday, 24 July 2014

Violinist Hilary Hahn cancels all performances for six weeks

The star performer is suffering from an inflamed muscle

Hilary Hahn has been forced to withdraw from all of her appearances over the next six weeks due to an inflamed muscle. The violinist was due to perform with pianist Jan Lisiecki and the Annex String...

News Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Joshua Bell renews music director contract with Academy of St Martin in the Fields

The violinist has signed a three-year extension until summer 2017

Joshua Bell has renewed his contract as music director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields for a further three years until summer 2017. The violinist has already spent three years at the helm ...

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