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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...

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...

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 ...

News Wednesday, 23 July 2014

ISM's Protect Music Education secures £17m in extra funding for UK children

The Incorporated Society of Musicians’ project was launched in April in response to proposed government cuts

The Incorporated Society of Musicians’ Protect Music Education campaign has been successful in securing a further £17m from the UK government for the county’s network of 123 music ...

News Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Japanese student wins violin category of International Bach Competition

Seiji Okamoto triumphed at the final, held in Leipzig, Germany on 18 July

Japanese student Seiji Okamoto has been awarded first prize in the violin category of the 19th International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany. The 20-year-old, who attends the Tokyo...

News Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Violinist Shlomo Mintz named Queensland Symphony Orchestra soloist-in-residence

The artist will join the orchestra as its inaugural resident soloist in 2015

Shlomo Mintz is to join the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Australia as its inaugural soloist-in residence. The Russian-born violinist and conductor will work with the ensemble during two extended...

News Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The Strad August 2014 issue is out now

The issue marks the centenary of World War I with a music and conflict theme

The August issue of The Strad is on sale now ― a special edition marking the centenary of the First World War.

Our music and conflict theme highlights the...

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