Top stories from the string music world

News Thursday, 20 February 2014

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards honour The Full English and fiddler Aidan O’Rourke

The Full English, including fiddlers Seth Lakeman and Sam Sweeney, takes two awards, while Aidan O’Rourke is named Musician of the Year

This year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, held yesterday at London’s Royal Albert Hall, included honours for a number of string players.

Winner of both the Best Group and Best Album categories...

News Wednesday, 19 February 2014

New string appointments at London’s Royal Academy of Music

Dominic Seldis, Giovanni Guzzo and Richard Ireland to join in 2014

The Royal Academy of Music in London has announced the appointments of three new strings professors for 2014.

Double bassist Dominic Seldis and violinists Giovanni Guzzo...

News Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Violinist Vanessa-Mae happy despite finishing last on Olympic debut

Singapore-born British violinist Vanessa-Mae was all smiles after finishing last in the women's giant slalom at the Winter Olympics in Sochi earlier this morning.

Despite being placed 74th and...

News Monday, 17 February 2014

Study finds emotional intelligence is key to achieving ‘flow’ in musical performance

‘Flow’ is a psychological state associated with extreme fulfilment, optimised performance, health and well-being

Researchers from Goldsmiths, University of London have discovered that emotional intelligence is a key factor for successful musical performance. It has long been known that some musicians and sportsmen...

News Thursday, 13 February 2014

Auschwitz violinist Violette Jacquet-Silberstein has died

The former member of Alma Rosé’s Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz was 88 years old

Violette Jacquet-Silberstein, a former member of Alma Rosé’s Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz, has died in Paris at the age of 88. Born on 9 November 1925 in Romania...

News Thursday, 13 February 2014

Novus Quartet wins €20,000 prize at International Mozart Competition

The Korean string quartet will undertake an extensive European tour organised by Impresariat Simmenauer

The Novus Quartet (pictured) from South Korea has triumphed in the string quartet section of the Eleventh International Mozart Competition of the Mozarteum University in Salzburg...

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 ...

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