Top stories from the string music world

News Thursday, 23 January 2014

Italian cellist Miriam Prandi wins Rahn Musikpreis in Switzerland

No first prizes are awarded in the violin, viola and double bass categories

Italian cellist Miriam Prandi (pictured) has won first prize in her category, worth £8,000 (12,000 CHF), at the 2014 Rahn Musikpreis in Switzerland. A total of eight prizes...

News Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Study finds long-term goals are as important to musical achievement as instrumental practice

Australian university researchers arrive at results following ten-year investigation

A ten-year study, conducted by researchers from the Universities of Melbourne and New South Wales in Australia, has found that while sustained instrumental practice is key to achieving high levels of...

News Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Stolen Poggi violin recovered in Bologna

A 1924 violin by Ansaldo Poggi that was stolen more than five years ago has been recovered by Italian police. The instrument was taken in November 2008 when thieves broke into the safe of Bologna luthier...

News Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Double bassist Richard Davis receives NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship

The American double bassist has performed with Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein and Bruce Springsteen

Jazz bassist Richard Davis (pictured) has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters Fellowship at the Lincoln Center, New York. He received the award on ...

News Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Armenian violinist Sergey Khachatryan wins £50,000 Credit Suisse Young Artist Award

String players continue to dominate the list of winners of the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, with Armenian violinist Sergey Khachatryan receiving this year's accolade, which carries a cash prize...

News Monday, 20 January 2014

Leonidas Kavakos takes on dual role of violin soloist and conductor at Vienna Philharmonic Ball

The violinist replaces Riccardo Chailly, marking the first time in the history of the Ball that a conductor will also play

The Vienna Philharmonic has made the unprecedented decision to replace conductor Riccardo Chailly, who was to conduct the orchestra’s 73rd annual Ball on 23 January, with ...

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...

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