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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...

News Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Double bassist wins $50,000 Sphinx prize

Xavier Foley is the first bassist ever to win the Detroit competition for Black and Latino musicians

Xavier Foley (pictured) has become the first double bassist ever to win the Sphinx Competition in Detroit. The 19-year-old, who studies with Hal Robinson and Edgar Meyer at the Curtis Institute, received...

News Wednesday, 26 February 2014

In Harmony Telford and Stoke launches new online teaching resource

The digital practice system will benefit just under 900 children in the area

In Harmony Telford and Stoke has launched In Harmony Online, a new teaching method using digital technology, aimed at benefitting just under 900 children in Malinslee, Telford and...

News Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Cellist Zoë Keating publishes 2013 earnings through iTunes, Spotify and YouTube

Streaming services accounted for less than ten per cent of her earnings last year

Cellist and The Strad January 2014 cover star Zoë Keating has published a breakdown of her 2013 earnings as a public document on Google Drive. The highly...

News Friday, 21 February 2014

Violinist Tatiana Samouil and violist Yuri Bashmet to perform at Winter Olympics closing ceremony

St Petersburg-born violinist Tatiana Samouil is to perform alongside her compatriot Yuri Bashmet in a concert at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi this Sunday, 23 February.


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...

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