Top stories from the string music world

News Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Stolen ‘ex-Kym’ Stradivarius violin fetches £1.385m at auction

The Stradivarius violin belonging to London-based violinist Min-Jin Kym that was stolen at a Pret a Manger sandwich bar in London’s Euston Station in November 2010 and later recovered by police...

News Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Germany’s Notos Piano Quartet triumphs in Italy

The Notos Quartet from Germany has clinched the €12,000 first prize at Italy’s Premio Vittorio Gui International Chamber Music Competition after performing Brahms’s Piano Quartet in...

News Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Sistema Scotland to launch Big Noise project in Aberdeen

Sistema Scotland, the five-year-old youth music programme based on Venezuela’s El Sistema, has announced plans for its third children’s orchestra project in Scotland.

Big Noise Torry...

News Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Extinct stringed instrument to make its London debut

A small-scale cello that sits against the shoulder and is played like a violin will make its London debut as part of a programme from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) on 25 March at Queen...

News Monday, 16 December 2013

Eastern Europeans dominate at third Toruń International Violin Competition

Four Eastern Europeans and two South Koreans made it to the final round of this year’s International Violin Competition in Toruń, Poland, which ran from 23 November–2 December. The ...

News Monday, 16 December 2013

Brussels Philharmonic string players to benefit from new instrument investment scheme

The Brussels Philharmonic has set up a new instrument foundation to help investors and philanthropists purchase musical instruments to be played by the orchestra’s musicians.

The Brussels...

News Friday, 13 December 2013

Berlin declares viola 'Instrument of the Year 2014'

An annual citywide festival in Berlin that spotlights underrepresented musical instruments will turn its attention on the viola next year with a series of concerts, workshops and events at locations...

News Friday, 13 December 2013

Gothenburg Symphony launches airport ‘music chairs’ with flashmob performance

Travellers passing through Göteborg Landvetter Airport in Sweden got more than surround sound when they tried out four new ‘music chairs’ installed in the airport’s terminal building...

News Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Musicians forced to take instruments without cases on board flight

Three members of the French string quartet Quatuor Voce were requested to remove their stringed instruments from their cases before taking them on board a flight, the ensemble reported on Twitter.


News Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Bassist designs scordatura pedals for real-time retuning

A young US double bassist and composer is developing a pedal system to allow bass players to change the pitch of strings while playing. Carter Callison, a doctoral student and Manson Composition Fellow...

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