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News Monday, 03 February 2014

The Strad February 2014 issue is on sale now

Double bass issue celebrates the talent and creativity in today’s double bass world

The February issue of The Strad is on sale now, in which we celebrate a new golden age of the double bass. In our cover story, six rising young bass players discuss what attracted them...

News Monday, 03 February 2014

Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja appointed artistic partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) of Minnesota, US, has chosen violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja as its artistic partner for the 20014–15 season.

Kopatchinskaja, who is from Moldova...

News Monday, 03 February 2014

Cellist Alexander Ivashkin has died aged 65

The Russian cellist premiered a large number of works throughout his career by such composers as Schnittke and Penderecki

Russian cellist, teacher and writer Alexander Ivashkin died on 31 January at the age of 65. It was at the advice of Mstislav Rostropovich that he pursued an international performing career, becoming...

News Thursday, 30 January 2014

Scientists reveal secrets of string quartet synchrony

Researchers from the UK’s Royal Academy of Music (RAM) and University of Birmingham and the University of Münster in Germany say they have discovered a way of analysing how musicians in a...

News Thursday, 30 January 2014

EU pledges €200,000 to Sistema Europe and Canada exchange programme

The project will enable 2,000 young Italian, English and Canadian musicians to perform together

The European Union’s Culture Programme has pledged €200,000 to an exchange scheme between Sistema projects in Europe and Canada. The newly formed SMEEC programme – Sistema-inspired ...

News Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Violinist and Juilliard School dean Stephen Clapp dies

Stephen Clapp, who had a long affiliation with The Juilliard School and was a founding member of the Oberlin Trio, died on 26 January at the age of 74.

Clapp joined Juilliard as a student, studying...

News Wednesday, 29 January 2014

300-year-old ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius violin stolen in armed robbery

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond attacked with a stun gun on the evening of 27 January

A 300-year-old Stradivarius violin has been stolen from Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond in an armed robbery. The 1715 ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius (pictured) – named...

News Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Violinist Midori and the Minnesota Orchestra receive 2014 Grammy Awards

The 56th annual Grammys were held in Los Angeles on 26 January

Given the media coverage of the 56th annual Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles on Sunday 26 January, one could be forgiven for thinking the ceremony focused purely on pop music ...

News Monday, 27 January 2014

Nearly a century after her death, Maud Powell finally receives a Grammy

Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr may have stolen the limelight at the 56th Grammy Awards over the weekend when they collected The Beatles’ Lifetime Achievement Award, but another Lifetime Achievement...

News Monday, 27 January 2014

100 stringed instruments stolen from a property in Bremen, Germany

The collection, worth €150,000, includes violins, violas, cellos and viols by such luthiers as Leopold Widhalm, Emile Laurent and Emile Germain

Around 100 stringed instruments, worth €150,000 collectively, have been stolen from the home of a dealer in Bremen, Germany. The collection features violins, violas, cellos and viols from Italy...

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