Top stories from the string music world

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...

News Friday, 22 November 2013

Daniel Müller-Schott stars in new cello documentary

Cellist Daniel Müller-Schott stars in a new documentary film about the cello, directed by Anne Schiltz. The film centres around the story of Pierre Gerbaud's stolen Testore cello, but is really...

News Thursday, 21 November 2013

Study shows listeners engage with classical music more when musicians improvise

A new study conducted by researchers at the UK’s Guildhall School and Imperial College London suggests that introducing elements of improvisation into classical music concerts could increase audience...

viola stolen!
I had my viola stolen last week from Liverpool. Label has: Aubrey J. Tarr 1974...
violin blocks
I have an old unlabled violin and I have noticed 4 small blocks about5cm square...
violin left hand position
I have a new student , quite advanced, who has a 'double jointed' left thumb...
serene violin solo pre-1917
Hi folks. For a story I'm writing I'd like suggestions for the most serene and...
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