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News Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Schumann Quartet wins €60,000 Jürgen Ponto Foundation chamber award

The prize is awarded every two years to a young professional ensemble

The second Jürgen Ponto Foundation prize for chamber music, worth €60,000, has been awarded to the Schumann Quartet (pictured) from Cologne. The award, which also includes performing opportunities...

News Monday, 10 February 2014

Riccardo Muti to revive Abbado’s Orchestra Mozart for Ravenna Festival concert

The ensemble will come out of its ‘temporary’ shutdown following the death of its music director and the cancellation of its autumn season

Claudio Abbado’s Orchestra Mozart may yet be salvaged with the news that Riccardo Muti will conduct the ensemble in a surprise concert at the Ravenna Festival in Bologna this summer. Shortly before...

News Monday, 10 February 2014

European Parliament votes in favour of regulation for instruments on planes

The proposal, which would bring uniformity to the sector, must now go before the European Council

Musicians are a step closer to being able to travel unimpeded throughout Europe with their instruments following a European Parliament vote in favour of a revision of Air Passenger Rights. The vote,...

News Friday, 07 February 2014

Milwaukee Police confirm safe recovery of $5m ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius violin

Instrument found inside a suitcase, hidden in the attic, at a property in Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Police Department has confirmed the safe recovery of the ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius violin. In a press conference last night police chief Edward Flynn announced investigators ...

News Thursday, 06 February 2014

New strings collective challenges session industry obsession with looks

London-based string players aim to make the TV and live session scene less about appearance and more reflective of the diversity of musical talent

A new collective of London-based string players aims to make the TV and live session scene less about looks and more reflective of the depth and diversity of musical talent in the city. 'We value substance...

News Thursday, 06 February 2014

Cremona’s Museum of the Violin begins ‘Legacy of Nicolò Amati’ concert series

Project looks at key period in the history of Cremonese violin making

The Museum of the Violin in Cremona will present a series of concerts over the next five months showcasing stringed instruments from its collection made by Nicolò Amati (1596–1684) and ...

News Thursday, 06 February 2014

Stolen ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius violin believed to be recovered

Milwaukee Police will hold a press conference to provide further details

Reports are surfacing that the ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius violin, which was stolen in an armed robbery last week, has been recovered. The Milwaukee Police Department are currently working to...

News Thursday, 06 February 2014

Three arrested in connection with ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius violin theft

The suspects, all from Milwaukee, are currently in custody, although the violin has not been recovered

The Milwaukee Police Department has arrested three suspects in connection with the armed robbery of the ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius. Although the violin, which is thought to be worth $5m, has...

News Tuesday, 04 February 2014

Anonymous owner of stolen 'Lipinski' Stradivarius violin issues statement

A reward of $100,000 has also been offered for information leading to the instrument's safe return

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond posted a message of personal thanks on his website yesterday for 'the avalanche of goodwill', following the theft of the 300-year-old ...

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...

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