Top stories from the string music world

News Thursday, 14 August 2014

Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg principal double bass Martin Bürgschwendtner has died aged 48

The musician performed with the orchestra for 30 years

Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg principal double bass Martin Bürgschwendtner has died at the age of 48 following a long illness. The musician was a member of the orchestra for 30 years, joining in...

News Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Violinist Kyung Wha Chung to make UK stage comeback

The return follows a five-year hiatus for the Korean artist and educator due to injury

Kyung Wha Chung is to return to the UK for the first time in twelve years to give two comeback recitals. The Korean violinist will perform with pianist Kevin Kenner at St George’s Hall Concert...

News Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Violist Kim Kashkashian awarded Golden Bow

The annual prize is given by the Foundation of the Geigenbauschule Brienz in Switzerland

American violist and New England Conservatory professor Kim Kashkashian was awarded the Golden Bow by the Foundation of the Geigenbauschule Brienz at Switzerland’s Meiringen...

News Monday, 11 August 2014

British Airways breaks violin

Airline staff forced the musician to check the instrument into the hold

Sara Avery, a violinist based in Colorado, has published pictures on Facebook of an instrument, which was badly damaged during a British Airways flight. The musician alleges that...

News Friday, 08 August 2014

Cellists can be adrenaline 'thrivers' or 'crumplers', finds study

A new study into cellists’ behaviour has identified two different reactions to performing on stage. Researchers at the University of Birmingham found that the musicians could be categorised as...

News Thursday, 07 August 2014

Adrian Brendel appointed Nash Ensemble cellist

UK cellist Adrian Brendel has been appointed as a member of the Nash Ensemble. His first performance with the chamber music group will take place on 18 October at London's Wigmore Hall. The concert ...

News Monday, 04 August 2014

Youth orchestra concertmaster, 18, loaned c.1685 ‘Sauret’ Stradivarius violin

Roberto Ruisi, the 18-year-old concertmaster of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYOGB), will perform on the c.1685 ‘Sauret’ Stradivarius violin for the orchestra’s final...

News Friday, 01 August 2014

New international jazz violin competition awards first €10,000 prize

Bartosz Dworak has won the €10,000 first prize at the inaugural Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition. The 26-year-old received the award on 19 July at a gala concert in Krakó...

News Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Former head of strings Malcolm Layfield charged with rape

The musician was formerly head of strings at the Royal Northern College of Music and taught at Chetham’s

Former Royal Northern College of Music head of strings, Malcolm Layfield, has been charged with one count of rape. The alleged offence – against a then 18-year-old – dates back to 1982, ...

News Monday, 28 July 2014

Music competitions are rife with corruption, says cellist Julian Lloyd Webber

The British musician claims many competitions exist ‘only as a way for teachers to promote their own pupils’

Julian Lloyd Webber has hit out at classical music competitions in The Times, claiming that many are rife with bribery and dishonesty. ‘Almost all music competitions are corrupt and exist only...

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