Top stories from the string music world

News Wednesday, 29 January 2014

300-year-old ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius violin stolen in armed robbery

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond attacked with a stun gun on the evening of 27 January

A 300-year-old Stradivarius violin has been stolen from Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond in an armed robbery. The 1715 ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius (pictured) – named...

News Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Violinist Midori and the Minnesota Orchestra receive 2014 Grammy Awards

The 56th annual Grammys were held in Los Angeles on 26 January

Given the media coverage of the 56th annual Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles on Sunday 26 January, one could be forgiven for thinking the ceremony focused purely on pop music ...

News Monday, 27 January 2014

Nearly a century after her death, Maud Powell finally receives a Grammy

Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr may have stolen the limelight at the 56th Grammy Awards over the weekend when they collected The Beatles’ Lifetime Achievement Award, but another Lifetime Achievement...

News Monday, 27 January 2014

100 stringed instruments stolen from a property in Bremen, Germany

The collection, worth €150,000, includes violins, violas, cellos and viols by such luthiers as Leopold Widhalm, Emile Laurent and Emile Germain

Around 100 stringed instruments, worth €150,000 collectively, have been stolen from the home of a dealer in Bremen, Germany. The collection features violins, violas, cellos and viols from Italy...

News Monday, 27 January 2014

The Borletti-Buitoni Trust announces 2014 award winners

The Apollon Musagète Quartet from Poland, Israeli violinist Itamar Zorman and American violinist Benjamin Beilman are among the recipients of Borletti-Buitoni Trust (BBT) Awards and Fellowships...

News Thursday, 23 January 2014

Ysaÿe Quartet says adieu after 30 years

The quartet performs a special farewell concert in Paris on Friday night

The Ysaÿe Quartet brings its 30-year career to a close this Friday night with a special concert in Paris. The performance, which is part of the Cité de la Musique's String Quartet Biennial...

News Thursday, 23 January 2014

Italian cellist Miriam Prandi wins Rahn Musikpreis in Switzerland

No first prizes are awarded in the violin, viola and double bass categories

Italian cellist Miriam Prandi (pictured) has won first prize in her category, worth £8,000 (12,000 CHF), at the 2014 Rahn Musikpreis in Switzerland. A total of eight prizes...

News Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Study finds long-term goals are as important to musical achievement as instrumental practice

Australian university researchers arrive at results following ten-year investigation

A ten-year study, conducted by researchers from the Universities of Melbourne and New South Wales in Australia, has found that while sustained instrumental practice is key to achieving high levels of...

News Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Stolen Poggi violin recovered in Bologna

A 1924 violin by Ansaldo Poggi that was stolen more than five years ago has been recovered by Italian police. The instrument was taken in November 2008 when thieves broke into the safe of Bologna luthier...

News Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Double bassist Richard Davis receives NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship

The American double bassist has performed with Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein and Bruce Springsteen

Jazz bassist Richard Davis (pictured) has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters Fellowship at the Lincoln Center, New York. He received the award on ...

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