Top stories from the string music world

News Thursday, 01 August 2013

Columbus Symphony recruits new concertmaster

The Columbus Symphony in Ohio, US, has named Canadian Jean-Sébastien Roy as its new concertmaster. His appointment ends an 18-month search by the orchestra. Roy, who performed as guest concertmaster...

News Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Stolen £1.2m Stradivarius violin recovered

UK police have recovered a 1696 Stradivarius violin, more than two and half years after it was stolen from Korean violinist Min-Jin Kym. The instrument, discovered intact with some very minor damage...

News Tuesday, 30 July 2013

US music camp to teach beginner strings to amputee children

A new music camp for amputee and limb-different children who want to learn stringed instruments or piano launches next week in Cincinnati, US. The Cincinnati Adaptive Music Camp will provide students with...

News Saturday, 27 July 2013

Two violinists share top prize at Cooper International Competition

Kyumin Park, 16, from South Korea, and 18-year-old William Ching-Yi Wei, from Taiwan, were joint first-prize winners of the Cooper International Violin Competition in Cleveland, US.Park (pictured) and...

News Thursday, 25 July 2013

Newark students complete late maker's cello in two-week project

In a special project to benefit the UK-based Rowan Armour-Brown (RAB) Trust, a group of students from the Newark School of Violin Making have completed an unfinished cello by Brian Laurence, who died...

News Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Gidon Kremer plans concert to promote human rights in Russia

Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer has announced plans to hold a special concert in Berlin to promote awareness of the human-rights situation in Russia. Along with his own chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica...

News Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Violist plays national anthem at her US citizenship ceremony

Carol Cook, the newly appointed principal violist of the Chicago Lyric Opera, performed the US national anthem at her own citizenship ceremony on Monday 22 July. The Scottish-born Cook was one of...

News Monday, 22 July 2013

Seven SPCO string players take retirement option

Ten musicians from the St Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) have retired from the ensemble. Seven are string players, and all the retiring musicians have played in the orchestra for at least 30 years. An...

News Monday, 22 July 2013

Austrian double bassist and historian Alfred Planyavsky dies aged 89

Austrian double bassist and historian Alfred Planyavsky died on 18 June at the age of 89. A long-serving musician in several Vienna-based ensembles, he wrote extensively on the history of the double...

News Friday, 19 July 2013

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic gets £7.5m to revamp its home

The home of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO) is set to be refurbished in 2014. Arts Council England (ACE) has awarded a grant of £7.5m towards the £12m revamp of the Grade...

serene violin solo pre-1917
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I want to try some new strings on my violin. It's English, 1875, and has quite...
violin left hand position
I have a new student , quite advanced, who has a 'double jointed' left thumb...
Electric violin and bows stolen in London
My friend John Garner's asking for help regarding his electric violin. Please...
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