Top stories from the string music world

News Friday, 07 March 2014

Hungarian violinist and teacher Dénes Zsigmondy has died aged 91

Isabelle Faust pays tribute to her former teacher, who inspired her 2013 Bartók Violin Concertos recording on Harmonia Mundi

Hungarian violinist and pedagogue Dénes Zsigmondy has died aged 91. An acclaimed soloist who performed with some of the leading European orchestras, in later years he became a respected teacher...

News Thursday, 06 March 2014

Research discovers links between wealth and musical skill

An online study involving 147,000 people finds correlations between affluence and musical sophistication and ability

Research by Goldsmith’s University in London suggests that wealthier people are more musical. The results, published in science journal PLOS ONE, follow what the institution...

News Wednesday, 05 March 2014

Ariane Todes to leave The Strad

Ariane Todes, editor of The Strad, is to leave the magazine following a restructuring of the team to support the online and magazine sides of the brand. Todes joined the magazine in 2002 and became ...

News Wednesday, 05 March 2014

Studies reveal musical training in childhood aids language learning ability

Just one hour a week of musical interaction greatly increases linguistic aptitude, even into adulthood

Children who study music from a young age demonstrate a greater aptitude for learning languages, even into adulthood, claims Liisa Henriksson-Macaulay, author of The Music Miracle: The Scientific...

News Monday, 03 March 2014

Menuhin Competition 2014 announces winners

Violinists Stephen Waarts and Rennosuke Fukuda triumph in the Senior and Junior Divisions

The winners of the 2014 Menuhin Competition, which took place in Austin, Texas from 21 February to 2 March, have been named as 17-year-old Dutch-American violinist Stephen Waarts in the Senior Division...

News Friday, 28 February 2014

The Strad March 2014 issue is on sale now

German special celebrates the Mandelring Quartet’s 30th anniversary and German string education

The March issue of The Strad is on sale now, in which we celebrate the Mandelring Quartet’s 30th anniversary and the thriving specialist system of German string education...

News Thursday, 27 February 2014

Slatkin asks audiences to 'turn their cell phones on’ at Detroit Symphony concert

Ensemble makes a bid to be ‘the most accessible orchestra on the planet’

They’re the bane of musicians and audiences alike, liable to spoil that perfect pianissimo or moment of intense concentration, but on Tuesday night the Detroit Symphony Orchestra&rsquo...

News Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Double bassist wins $50,000 Sphinx prize

Xavier Foley is the first bassist ever to win the Detroit competition for Black and Latino musicians

Xavier Foley (pictured) has become the first double bassist ever to win the Sphinx Competition in Detroit. The 19-year-old, who studies with Hal Robinson and Edgar Meyer at the Curtis Institute, received...

News Wednesday, 26 February 2014

In Harmony Telford and Stoke launches new online teaching resource

The digital practice system will benefit just under 900 children in the area

In Harmony Telford and Stoke has launched In Harmony Online, a new teaching method using digital technology, aimed at benefitting just under 900 children in Malinslee, Telford and...

News Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Cellist Zoë Keating publishes 2013 earnings through iTunes, Spotify and YouTube

Streaming services accounted for less than ten per cent of her earnings last year

Cellist and The Strad January 2014 cover star Zoë Keating has published a breakdown of her 2013 earnings as a public document on Google Drive. The highly...

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