Top stories from the string music world

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...

News Monday, 02 December 2013

The Strad December 2013 issue is on sale now

The December issue of The Strad is now on sale. In this edition the German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter discusses her many-stranded approach to bringing classical music to the new generation...

News Friday, 29 November 2013

Does violin music help bread to taste better?

A German baker is testing the theory that playing string music while making bread can improve its flavour. Manfred Pilger, who has run his bakery in Passau, Bavaria, for over 25 years, is convinced ...

News Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Spektral Quartet commissions micro-compositions for mobile phones

Chicago’s Spektral Quartet has teamed up with 40 composers in the US on an initiative to replace mobile phone default ringtones and alarms with performances of original contemporary music.


News Wednesday, 27 November 2013

IMG Artists forges new partnership with China Arts and Entertainment Group

IMG Artists performing arts management and China Arts and Entertainment Group have launched a new business venture called Sino America Global Entertainment (SAGE), described by IMG Artists as the...

News Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Model players – how the Aurora Orchestra was made miniature

Not all new season brochures make headlines, but the cover shoot for the Aurora Orchestra’s 2014 booklet is so startlingly original as to deserve not only the attention it has already received...

News Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Swiss violin maker identifies rare Bergonzi violin

A violin maker and dealer based in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, has identified the only known full-size violin by Zosimo Bergonzi (1724–79). Zosimo was the son of the great Cremonese luthier...

News Monday, 25 November 2013

New competition aims to invigorate interest in the viola

A new competition with a mission to inspire a future generation of viola players will launch at Birmingham Conservatoire, UK, in October 2014.

The Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition...

News Monday, 25 November 2013

Canadian violinist Mark Fewer joins St. Lawrence String Quartet

Violinist Mark Fewer is to succeed Scott St. John as second violinist of the Canadian chamber ensemble the St. Lawrence String Quartet (SLSQ) from 1 January 2014. 

Fewer (pictured) has already...

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