Top stories from the string music world

News Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Joshua Bell to judge Miss America contest

Joshua Bell has been named as a judge for the 2014 Miss America competition. The 45-year-old violinist will be one of seven adjudicators for the pageant, taking place on 15 September in Atlantic City...

News Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Dmitry Shebalin (1930–2013)

Russian viola player and pedagogue Dmitry Shebalin has died at the age of 83. For more than four decades he performed with the Borodin Quartet, one of the most acclaimed chamber music groups of the 20th...

News Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Assistant concertmaster leaves Minnesota Orchestra

Another of the Minnesota Orchestra's locked-out musicians has quit the ensemble. Assistant concertmaster Stephanie Arado (pictured) has resigned to take up a teaching post at the Interlochen Center ...

News Monday, 12 August 2013

Erhu player receives Royal College of Music degree

London’s Royal College of Music (RCM) has awarded its first degree in a traditional Chinese instrument. Singaporean musician Chew Jun Ru, 24, has graduated with a BMus in performance on the erhu...

News Friday, 09 August 2013

Ex-Chetham's teacher Malcolm Layfield arrested

Malcolm Layfield, former head of strings at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), has been arrested on suspicion of three historic rapes. The 61-year-old, who quit his post at the RNCM in February...

News Thursday, 08 August 2013

Fernando Grillo (1946–2013)

Fernando Grillo, the Italian double bassist, composer and teacher, has died at the age of 67. Closely associated with Italy’s avant-garde movement, he experimented with new forms of sound production...

News Wednesday, 07 August 2013

Adrian Shepherd (1939–2013)

Cellist and ensemble director Adrian Shepherd has died at the age of 74. For 20 years he served as principal cellist in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO), but was best known as the founder...

News Tuesday, 06 August 2013

Argentina's first stringed-instrument gallery set for opening

A museum in Buenos Aires is to open a new permanent exhibition hall dedicated to stringed instruments in October. Officials at the Isaac Fernández Blanco Museum of Spanish–American Art believe...

News Monday, 05 August 2013

Violinist, 17, wins Schleswig-Holstein competition

Munich-based violinist Louise Wehr has won the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival’s competition for young musicians, which this year was devoted to the violin. The 17-year-old received €5,...

News Monday, 05 August 2013

Pittsburgh Symphony concertmaster joins Carnegie Mellon faculty

Noah Bendix-Balgley, concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO), is to join the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University School of Music in September 2013. The 28-year-old violinist (pictured)...

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Electric violin and bows stolen in London
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