Top stories from the string music world

News Friday, 13 September 2013

A quarter of orchestral musicians in constant pain, finds study

A new study of symphony orchestra musicians in Australia found that a significant minority experience chronic performance-related pain. Half of the 377 players from Australia's eight professional state...

News Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Pioneering jazz cellist Fred Katz dies aged 94

American cellist and composer Fred Katz has died at the age of 94. Classically trained, Katz was credited as the first musician to explore the cello's potential for jazz improvisation.Born in New York...

News Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Romanian violinist Ioana Cristina Goicea wins Brahms Competition in Pörtschach, Austria

Ioana Cristina Goicea took first prize in the violin division of the Johannes Brahms International Competition in Pörtschach, Austria. The 20-year-old from Romania (pictured), who studies with ...

News Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Futuristic cello projects videos and lighting displays

High-tech polymer manufacturer Bayer MaterialScience has developed a prototype interactive cello. The instrument's polyurethane body can display videos or graphics, tell you when you’re out of...

News Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Russian violinist Elena Tarosyan wins Kloster Schöntal competition

Elena Tarosyan won first prize in the senior division of the Kloster Schöntal International Violin Competition in Germany. The 20-year-old Russian (pictured), who studies at the Moscow Conservatoire...

News Monday, 09 September 2013

Eau de violin shop: luthier launches workplace-inspired fragrance

Cremona luthier Edgar Russ has a new and unusual product sideline: perfume. The violin maker is launching a scent that he says is inspired by the aromas of a luthier's workshop. Russ's fiancé...

News Tuesday, 03 September 2013

New York dealer to pay $325,000 to settle legal dispute with violinist

New York violin dealer Emmanuel Gradoux-Matt has agreed to pay $325,000 to a violinist who sued him for allegedly losing her instrument while it was on consignment. South Korean violinist Kyung-Ah Yang...

News Tuesday, 03 September 2013

Violist Lise Berthaud and Danish String Quartet join BBC New Generation Artists scheme

French violist Lise Berthaud and the Danish String Quartet have been chosen to join the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme for 2013–15. The artist development programme, which was launched...

News Monday, 02 September 2013

Dover Quartet wins first prize at Banff competition

The Dover Quartet took first prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition in Canada. The American group won C$25,000 (£15,000) and a three-year career development programme. The...

News Friday, 30 August 2013

Japanese violinist Sunao Goko wins new Swiss competition

Japanese violinist Sunao Goko was victorious in last night's final round of the inaugural Tibor Varga International Violin Competition Sion Valais in Switzerland. The 20-year-old Goko (pictured), who...

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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