Top stories from the string music world

News Thursday, 26 September 2013

Australian Chamber Orchestra debuts digital installation

A new music installation has been launched in Australia, designed to give listeners a concert experience without any musicians present. Devised by the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), the project...

News Tuesday, 24 September 2013

23 Spanish orchestras perform simultaneous protest concert

More than a thousand professional orchestral musicians from across Spain took part in a simultaneous concert on 23 September, in protest against arts budget cuts and a sharp rise in VAT on concert tickets...

News Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Could Mittenwald be sitting on a fortune in Nazi treasure?

Mittenwald, the violin making hub in southern Germany, could be the last resting place of a cache of gold and diamonds belonging to Adolf Hitler, according to a Dutch film-maker. Leon Giesen, 51, has...

News Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Philadelphia Orchestra recruits associate concertmaster

Shanghai-born violinist Ying Fu has joined the Philadelphia Orchestra as associate concertmaster. A first-prize winner at the 2011 Schmidbauer and 2012 Rodolfo Lipizer competitions, he has been a first...

News Friday, 20 September 2013

Two beloved pedagogues to be remembered in the US

Memorials for cellist János Starker and violinist Masuko Ushioda will take place over the next two weekends at the respective US institutions where they were longtime teachers. On Sunday...

News Thursday, 19 September 2013

Jetstar to allow violins and violas on flights

Australian budget airline Jetstar is set to amend its cabin baggage policy regarding musical instruments. The new policy will allow instruments up to 81cm long as carry-on baggage, which will include...

News Thursday, 19 September 2013

China's international lutherie competition announces results

The results are in from the second China International Violin Making and Bow Making Competition, held in Beijing. In the violin division, the gold medal and 120,000 yuan (€14,500) prize went to...

News Wednesday, 18 September 2013

2014 Primrose Competition postponed until June

The American Viola Society (AVS) has put back the 2014 Primrose International Viola Competition by five months. The competition was scheduled to be held in Las Vegas from 12 to 18 January, but will ...

News Monday, 16 September 2013

Yura Lee wins solitary first prize at ARD Music Competition

The ARD Music Competition in Munich, Germany, finished yesterday with only one first prize being awarded across the four categories of violin, viola, piano trio and bassoon.The lone first prize of &euro...

News Monday, 16 September 2013

Fedor Roudine wins Rodolfo Lipizer violin competition

Fedor Roudine, from Russia, won first prize at the Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition in Gorizia, Italy. The 21-year-old, who has studied since 2005 with Zakhar Bron at the Hochschule ...

serene violin solo pre-1917
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I want to try some new strings on my violin. It's English, 1875, and has quite...
violin left hand position
I have a new student , quite advanced, who has a 'double jointed' left thumb...
Electric violin and bows stolen in London
My friend John Garner's asking for help regarding his electric violin. Please...
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