Top stories from the string music world

News Thursday, 24 April 2014

Guarneri violin copy to be auctioned for charity Luthiers Sans Frontières

The sale, through Ingles and Hayday, is expected to make £3,000-£5,000

Luthiers Sans Frontières, a charity which provides training in the repair and maintenance of stringed instruments in countries where resources are scarce, has been gifted a Guarneri violin copy...

News Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Campaigns to protect government music education launch in Australia and the UK

The UK’s ISM and Australia’s The Music Trust warn that lack of funding will impact children from poorer backgrounds

Campaigns to ensure that school children have access to classroom and instrumental music education have launched both in Australia and the UK.

The Incorporated Society of Musicians has established...

News Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Kreutzer Stradivarius violin to be auctioned by Christie's in New York

Watch a video of Joshua Bell playing the instrument, which is valued around $7.5m

The ‘Kreutzer’ Stradivarius is due to be auctioned by Christie’s in New York on 18 June, with an expected sale price of $7.5m (£4.46m). The c1731 instrument – named for...

News Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Louisville String Academy awarded $240,000 Starling Foundation grant

Given over three years, the award aims to support violin playing at the highest level

The Louisville String Academy, part of the University of Louisville, has been awarded $240,000 over three years by the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation – a Houston-based body, which aims to...

News Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The Strad May 2014 issue is out now

The issue includes Italian violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg on her multifaceted career, preparing for orchestral auditions, and the Kronos Quartet in pictures

The May issue of The Strad is on sale now, in which we interview Italian violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg on her varied career – from leading her own chamber ensemble to founding...

News Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber receives the ISM’s Distinguished Musician Award

The British musician is honoured for his performing achievements and his contribution to music education

British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has been presented with the Incorporated Society of Musicians’ Distinguished Musician Award in recognition of his performing achievements and his contribution...

News Monday, 14 April 2014

Vadim Repin becomes first soloist to conduct and perform Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto no.1

The violinist stepped in at the Trans-Siberian Arts Festival when scheduled conductor Valery Gergiev was delayed in New York

Violinist Vadim Repin’s Trans-Siberian Arts Festival in Novosibirsk suffered a last-minute no show on Saturday, when Valery Gergiev was delayed in New York. The conductor, who was due to lead ...

News Friday, 11 April 2014

Bonhams to sell Amati violin once owned by Italian dictator Mussolini

The London auctioneers will sell the instrument, priced at £150,000, on 12 May

A Girolamo (Hieronymus) Amati violin, formerly owned by Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini (first picture), is being offered for sale through Bonhams auctioneers in London...

News Friday, 11 April 2014

Luise Buchberger named Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment co-principal cellist

The 29-year-old from Germany will perform with the orchestra in June

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment has appointed Luise Buchberger (pictured) as its new co-principal cellist. Originally from Frankfurt, the 29-year-old began playing period instruments while...

News Thursday, 10 April 2014

LeoGroup purchases multi-million dollar Stradivarius violin with digital currency bitcoin

The violin was sold by New York firm Carpenter Fine Violins in the landmark deal

Financial advisory firm Leo Group LLC has purchased a multi-million dollar Stradivarius violin from the maker’s ‘golden period’ using bitcoin – the first...

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