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News Friday, 06 December 2013

Cremonese luthiers shape their craft

This photograph by Italian artist Ettore Favini is one of a series called Ipotesi di Finito #4 – Dare forma alla cultura – a collaborative project involving people who work...

News Thursday, 05 December 2013

Viola player and pedagogue John White dies

Tully Potter pays tribute to a violist who influenced a generation of British players

John White, founder violist of the Alberni Quartet, longtime professor of viola at the Royal Academy of Music and a leading personality of the viola world, died on 1 December at St Clare's Hospice near...

News Wednesday, 04 December 2013

Bowdoin Music Festival names string-playing brothers as new directors

Violist Phillip Ying and his brother, cellist David Ying, are to take over as co-artistic directors of the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brunswick, Maine, US, from the close of the festival's...

News Tuesday, 03 December 2013

China's Sihao He wins Gaspar Cassado Competition

Sihao He, from Shanghai, has won first prize and around $15,000 at the Gaspar Cassado International Violoncello Competition in Hachioji, Japan. 

The 20-year-old performed Schumann's Cello...

News Monday, 02 December 2013

Top lots from Skinner Auctioneers’ November auction

Skinner Auctioneers has released the results of its November auction in Boston, US. Among the top lots for stringed instruments was a Nicolaus Gagliano violin (pictured) from Naples made in 1720, which...

News Monday, 02 December 2013

Johnson String Instruments and Carriage House Violins merge

Two US violin shops based in Massachusetts, Johnson String Instruments and Carriage House Violins, have announced that they are to merge.

The new company, Carriage House Violins of Johnson String...

News Monday, 02 December 2013

The Strad December 2013 issue is on sale now

The December issue of The Strad is now on sale. In this edition the German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter discusses her many-stranded approach to bringing classical music to the new generation...

News Friday, 29 November 2013

Does violin music help bread to taste better?

A German baker is testing the theory that playing string music while making bread can improve its flavour. Manfred Pilger, who has run his bakery in Passau, Bavaria, for over 25 years, is convinced ...

News Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Spektral Quartet commissions micro-compositions for mobile phones

Chicago’s Spektral Quartet has teamed up with 40 composers in the US on an initiative to replace mobile phone default ringtones and alarms with performances of original contemporary music.

The...

News Wednesday, 27 November 2013

IMG Artists forges new partnership with China Arts and Entertainment Group

IMG Artists performing arts management and China Arts and Entertainment Group have launched a new business venture called Sino America Global Entertainment (SAGE), described by IMG Artists as the...

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