Top stories from the string music world

News Friday, 13 December 2013

Berlin declares viola 'Instrument of the Year 2014'

An annual citywide festival in Berlin that spotlights underrepresented musical instruments will turn its attention on the viola next year with a series of concerts, workshops and events at locations...

News Friday, 13 December 2013

Gothenburg Symphony launches airport ‘music chairs’ with flashmob performance

Travellers passing through Göteborg Landvetter Airport in Sweden got more than surround sound when they tried out four new ‘music chairs’ installed in the airport’s terminal building...

News Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Musicians forced to take instruments without cases on board flight

Three members of the French string quartet Quatuor Voce were requested to remove their stringed instruments from their cases before taking them on board a flight, the ensemble reported on Twitter.


News Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Bassist designs scordatura pedals for real-time retuning

A young US double bassist and composer is developing a pedal system to allow bass players to change the pitch of strings while playing. Carter Callison, a doctoral student and Manson Composition Fellow...

News Friday, 06 December 2013

Cremonese luthiers shape their craft

This photograph by Italian artist Ettore Favini is one of a series called Ipotesi di Finito #4 – Dare forma alla cultura – a collaborative project involving people who work...

News Thursday, 05 December 2013

Viola player and pedagogue John White dies

Tully Potter pays tribute to a violist who influenced a generation of British players

John White, founder violist of the Alberni Quartet, longtime professor of viola at the Royal Academy of Music and a leading personality of the viola world, died on 1 December at St Clare's Hospice near...

News Wednesday, 04 December 2013

Bowdoin Music Festival names string-playing brothers as new directors

Violist Phillip Ying and his brother, cellist David Ying, are to take over as co-artistic directors of the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brunswick, Maine, US, from the close of the festival's...

News Tuesday, 03 December 2013

China's Sihao He wins Gaspar Cassado Competition

Sihao He, from Shanghai, has won first prize and around $15,000 at the Gaspar Cassado International Violoncello Competition in Hachioji, Japan. 

The 20-year-old performed Schumann's Cello...

News Monday, 02 December 2013

Top lots from Skinner Auctioneers’ November auction

Skinner Auctioneers has released the results of its November auction in Boston, US. Among the top lots for stringed instruments was a Nicolaus Gagliano violin (pictured) from Naples made in 1720, which...

News Monday, 02 December 2013

Johnson String Instruments and Carriage House Violins merge

Two US violin shops based in Massachusetts, Johnson String Instruments and Carriage House Violins, have announced that they are to merge.

The new company, Carriage House Violins of Johnson String...

viola stolen!
I had my viola stolen last week from Liverpool. Label has: Aubrey J. Tarr 1974...
violin blocks
I have an old unlabled violin and I have noticed 4 small blocks about5cm square...
violin left hand position
I have a new student , quite advanced, who has a 'double jointed' left thumb...
serene violin solo pre-1917
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