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News Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Study finds orchestras are judged more on what audiences see than what they hear

Research conducted at University College London pitted world-ranking orchestras against regional and university ensembles

A study conducted at University College London has found that audiences judge the quality of orchestral performance more by what they see than by what they hear. Dr Chia-Jung Tsay, a psychologist who...

News Monday, 10 March 2014

Violinist Nicola Benedetti named Cheltenham Music Festival artist-in-residence

The UK festival celebrates its 70th birthday in July this year

Violinist Nicola Benedetti (pictured) is to be artist-in-residence at the 70th Cheltenham Music Festival, held 2-13 July 2014. She will feature in works including Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, ...

News Monday, 10 March 2014

Pacem in Terris competition awards cellist Valentino Worlitzsch €10,000 first prize

The event for young violinists and cellists takes place for the first time in seven years in Bayreuth

German cellist Valentino Worlitzsch (pictured), aged 24, has been awarded first prize, worth €10,000, at the 2014 Pacem in Terris International Music Competition in Bayreuth...

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...

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