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News Friday, 04 October 2013

Swiss luthier Pierrick Sartre wins gold in Pisogne

The gold medal at the 4th International Violin Making Competition of the Associazione Nazionale Liuteria Artistica Italiana (ANLAI) in Pisogne, Italy, has been won by Swiss luthier Pierrick Sartre. ...

News Friday, 04 October 2013

French quartet wins Trondheim contest top prize

The Van Kuijk Quartet has won first prize and the audience prize at the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in Norway. The French ensemble, which formed in 2011 and studies with...

News Wednesday, 02 October 2013

Joshua Bell Carnegie Hall concert cancelled

Tonight's Carnegie Hall concert, to have featured violinist Joshua Bell and double bassist Esperanza Spalding, has been cancelled due to strike action by the hall's stagehands. The New York venue's...

News Tuesday, 01 October 2013

German orchestras stage one-day strike

More than 100 orchestras in Germany staged a 24-hour strike on Monday 30 September. The largest such action in Germany since the 1950s, it was organised by the German Orchestra Union on the eve of salary...

News Tuesday, 01 October 2013

Osmo Vänskä resigns as Minnesota Orchestra's music director

Osmo Vänskä has resigned from the Minnesota Orchestra, bringing to an end his ten-year role as music director. In a statement, the 60-year-old conductor (pictured) said it was ‘a very...

News Friday, 27 September 2013

Budapest Festival Orchestra offers apprenticeships to European Union Youth Orchestra players

The musicians of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) will get the chance to play as part of the Budapest Festival Orchestra (BFO) in 2014–15, under a newly announced apprenticeship scheme...

News Friday, 27 September 2013

Violin Society of America journal goes online

Members of the Violin Society of America (VSA) can now search and view pages from the archives of the VSA Journal, the society's 39-year-old magazine. Each of the journal's 74 issues has been...

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...

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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