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News Tuesday, 20 August 2013

BBC to cut Nigel Kennedy 'apartheid' statement

The BBC has confirmed it will remove a statement made last week by violinist Nigel Kennedy at a Proms concert for its TV broadcast on 23 August. The statement, made from the stage of the Royal Albert...

News Monday, 19 August 2013

Violinist William Hagen awarded Dorothy DeLay Memorial Fellowship

American violinist William Hagen has won the Dorothy DeLay Memorial Fellowship competition at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Hagen, 20, was awarded a scholarship for the 2014 Aspen festival, where...

News Friday, 16 August 2013

Young violinist stars in Filipino movie

A film about a seven-year-old violinist has become one of the Philippines’ most critically acclaimed releases of the year. Filmed in 2008, Boses (Voices) focuses on a mute boy’s friendship...

News Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Steven Isserlis to guest edit The Strad

The cellist takes over the October issue and has chosen an inspiring and provocative theme

Exciting news here at The Strad, where we can announce that we have a new editor! Well, a special guest editor. For the October issue, cellist Steven Isserlis is taking over the helm and he’s ...

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...

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Electric violin and bows stolen in London
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