Top stories from the string music world

News Monday, 01 September 2014

Alfonso Marconi’s ‘Stradivarius’ violin to be auctioned

The instrument once belonged to the older brother of famous Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi

A violin attributed to Antonio Stradivari, which once belonged to Alfonso Marconi – older brother of famous inventor Guglielmo Marconi – is to go on sale on 28 October. Offered by Ingles...

News Friday, 29 August 2014

Violinist Grace Clifford, 16, wins AU$25,000 first prize at Australia's ABC Young Performers Award competition

Sydney violinist Grace Clifford has won the 2014 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Award. The 16-year-old (pictured), who performed Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony...

News Friday, 29 August 2014

Minnesota Orchestra receives $10m gift from anonymous donor

The donation has inspired three further contributions totalling $3.2m

The Minnesota Orchestra is continuing to put the labour dispute of 2013 behind it with the announcement of a $10m leadership gift by an anonymous donor. The contribution was offered...

News Thursday, 28 August 2014

Announcement that Chicago Chamber Musicians will disband is false, say musicians

The society’s board will no longer support the ensemble, but musicians will present 2014-15 season regardless

Contrary to earlier reports, the Chicago Chamber Musicians will continue to give performances during the 2014-15 season, according to violinist and founding member Joseph Genualdi...

News Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Anne-Sophie Mutter, Jan Vogler and David Garrett named 2014 Echo Klassik winners

This year’s annual awards, given by the German music industry, take place on 26 October

The winners of the 2014 Echo Klassik awards have been announced, with a number of accolades going to string players. Chosen by the German music industry association, the annual awards honour national...

News Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Violin maker and restorer Michael Carlton Byrd has died aged 62

The American worked for J&A Beare for 20 years

London-based violin specialists J&A Beare have announced the death of 62-year-old Michael Carlton Byrd. The American maker and restorer was suffering from cancer.


News Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Two men arrested over the murder of New York violinist Mary Whitaker

The suspects are also charged with home invasion and robbery, and are being held without bail in Chautauqua County Jail, Mayville

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of violinist Mary Whitaker in Westfield, upstate New York on Wednesday last week. 43-year-old Jonathan Conklin and 30-year-...

News Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Westchester Philharmonic violinist shot dead in upstate New York home

A prolific freelance musician, Mary Whitaker was a member of the orchestra for over 25 years

Violinist Mary Whitaker has been found dead at her home in Westfield, upstate New York. The 61-year-old died as the result of a gunshot wound, according to Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace...

News Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Violinist and teacher Simon Fischer joins Edition Peters Artist Management

The long-time contributor to The Strad has several books published through Edition Peters

Violinist and educator Simon Fischer has joined Edition Peters Artist Management (EPAM). The Guildhall School and Yehudi Menuhin School professor has contributed popular monthly Basics articles to The...

News Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Memphis Symphony assistant principal violist Marshall Fine dies following car crash

The 58-year-old was a prolific composer and son of former Boston Symphony violist Burton Fine

Memphis Symphony Orchestra assistant principal violist Marshall Fine has died from injuries sustained in a car crash over a week ago. The 58-year-old was also a prolific composer with over 220 works...

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