Top stories from the string music world

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...

News Thursday, 21 November 2013

Da Capo Music Foundation takes Kodály teaching to the Netherlands

The Da Capo Music Foundation, a UK music education charity, has announced a partnership with a Dutch scheme that will bring its Kodály-based teaching method to the Benelux region of Europe. Starting...

News Thursday, 21 November 2013

Five hundred string students attend mass performance in Catalonia

More than 500 young string players from 39 schools across Catalonia attended a mass public lesson and performance at the municipal sports centre in Martorell on 17 November. 

The event, ...

News Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Guarneri 'del Gesù' violin takes centre stage in new Buenos Aires instrument gallery

A new permanent exhibition hall dedicated to stringed instruments has opened in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The gallery at the Isaac Fernández Blanco Museum of Spanish–American Art features...

News Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Orchestra research explores impact of alternative formats

The Miami-based New World Symphony (NWS) has completed a four-year study tracking the effectiveness of alternative concert formats. The orchestra wanted to see how successful its alternative formats...

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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