Top stories from the string music world

News Monday, 20 January 2014

Study suggests orchestral first violins experience highest stress levels

Mood also plays a role in reducing anxiety levels during performance

A Viennese university study has found that orchestral musicians’ stress responses are governed not only by the anxiety of public performance, but also by mood – and that, as a whole, first...

News Friday, 17 January 2014

Verbier Festival Academy launches outreach programme

Reaching Out will help Academy graduates to work actively in their communities

The Verbier Festival Academy, part of the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, will launch a new outreach teaching programme this summer aimed at equipping Academy graduates with the tools to take their...

News Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Menuhin Competition returns to London in honour of the violinist

The 2016 contest will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the great prodigy

The Menuhin Competition will return to London for 2016, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of its famous founder. At the launch yesterday, the city’s mayor, Boris Johnson, spoke...

News Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Minnesota Orchestra ends 15-month musician lockout with a new three-year contract

Orchestral musicians will return to work on 1 February 2014 at a reduced rate of pay

The Minnesota Orchestra board of directors and musicians ratified a new collective bargaining agreement yesterday following a 15-month lockout which cost the orchestra not only its entire 2012-13...

News Monday, 13 January 2014

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra violinist awarded RPS/ABO Salomon Prize

Catherine Arlidge is the first violinist to receive the award recognising UK orchestral musicians

A musician from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has become the first violinist to be awarded the RPS/ABO Salomon Prize, which recognises the outstanding contributions of UK orchestral players...

News Monday, 13 January 2014

Twelve-year-old violinist takes top prize at Jefferson Competition

A twelve-year-old violinist from California has become one of the youngest prize winners at the Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition in the contest's history.

Robert Chien...

News Friday, 10 January 2014

Sphinx Organisation string competition winners to benefit from $4m gift

The Competition is open to Black and Latino string players residing in the US

The Sphinx Organisation, a US non-profit body set up to encourage Black and Latino people into the field of classical music, has received the largest single contribution in its history.

The $4m...

News Thursday, 09 January 2014

Violinist Nemanja Radulović signs an international contract with DG

The 28-year-old Serbian recorded a Paganini album for DG France last year

Flamboyant violinist Nemanja Radulović has signed an international recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon. The 28-year-old Serbian released a Paganini album on DG France last year and has also ...

News Wednesday, 08 January 2014

The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments to celebrate Will Kemp's 100-mile dance

The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments will celebrate the antics of the 16th-century Shakespearean actor Will Kemp this month when it recreates his famous nine-day dance from London to Norwich...

News Tuesday, 07 January 2014

Violinist Augustin Hadelich to make Walt Disney Concert Hall debut

He replaces Christian Tetzlaff, who has pulled out of the LA Phil concerts due to illness

Augustin Hadelich (pictured) is to make his Walt Disney Concert Hall debut at short notice with the Los Angeles Philharmonic this week. He replaces Christian Tetzlaff, who has pulled out due to ...

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