Top stories from the string music world

News Monday, 29 September 2014

Violinist Augustin Hadelich performs ‘America the Beautiful’ at his naturalisation ceremony

The German artist has lived in the US for the past ten years

German violinist Augustin Hadelich was sworn in as a new US citizen at Manhattan Federal Court last week – and performed ‘America the Beautiful’ at the naturalisation ceremony.


News Monday, 29 September 2014

Former Chetham’s School of Music violin teacher charged with rape and indecent assault

The charges against Wen Zhou Li, who also taught at the Royal Northern College of Music, date back to the 1990s

Former Chetham’s School of Music violin teacher Wen Zhou Li has been charged with rape and two counts of indecent assault by Greater Manchester Police.  He will appear at Manchester Magistrates&rsquo...

News Friday, 26 September 2014

Alan Davey named new BBC Radio 3 controller

The Arts Council England chief executive replaces Roger Wright to take up the role in January 2015

BBC Radio 3 has named Alan Davey as its new controller. Currently chief executive officer of Arts Council England, the 53-year-old replaces Roger Wright, who stepped down several months ago after 15...

News Friday, 26 September 2014

Violinist Daniel Andai named dean of music at Miami’s New World School of the Arts

The artist will overseeing administration of the high school and college music programmes

Dr Daniel Andai has been appointed dean of music at the New World School of the Arts. The violinist will serve as chief academic and artistic officer for the institution's Music Division in Miami, Florida...

News Thursday, 25 September 2014

Academy of Ancient Music founder Christopher Hogwood has died aged 73

The conductor directed the ensemble for 30 years, making 200 recordings

Conductor and founder of the Academy of Ancient Music Christopher Hogwood died yesterday at the age of 73 following an illness lasting several months. A musicologist, keyboard player and Cambridge University...

News Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Violinist Joshua Bell to perform again in Washington Metro

Unlike 2007’s anonymous busking experiment, the virtuoso has this time announced his appearance in advance

Joshua Bell is to perform once again in Washington D.C.’s Metro – only this time the circumstances will be different.

Back in 2007, the virtuoso violinist donned a baseball cap and...

News Tuesday, 23 September 2014

British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber joins charity Live Music Now as spokesman

The artist announced his retirement from performing in April due to injury

British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has joined Live Music Now as the charity’s public spokesman. Established in 1977 by Yehudi Menuhin and Ian Stoutzker, the UK scheme trains talented musicians...

News Tuesday, 23 September 2014

The Strad October 2014 issue is out now

We explore how cutting-edge technology is shedding new light on a rediscovered contralto Amati viola

The October issue of The Strad is on sale now ― examining a rare and recently rediscovered 17th-century Amati viola using cutting-edge technology.

We also explore contemporary...

News Monday, 22 September 2014

Czech violinist Jan Mráček wins International Fritz Kreisler Competition

The 23-year-old artist receives €15,000 and performances with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Jan Mráček from the Czech Republic has been named the winner of the 8th International Fritz Kreisler Competition. The 23-year-old violinist, who performed Brahms’s Concerto in the final...

News Monday, 22 September 2014

International Violin Competition of Indianapolis names special prize winners

The competition, held every four years, was won by South Korean violinist Jinjoo Cho

Following Saturday’s announcement of the main prize winners at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis – with the Gold Medal going to South Korean artist Jinjoo Cho – ...

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