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News Monday, 08 September 2014

Two musicians to leave Australian String Quartet, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’

Violinists Kristian Winther and Ioana Tache will see out the remainder of the 2014 season

Two members of the Australian String Quartet are to leave the ensemble in 2015, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’. Violinists Kristian Winther and Ioana Tache will see out the remainder...

News Monday, 08 September 2014

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians and management fail to reach contract agreement

The deadlock ‘may delay or cancel portions’ of the forthcoming season

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians and management failed to reach a new contract agreement before the midnight deadline on Saturday. The players, who accepted a 14 per cent pay cut two years ago...

News Friday, 05 September 2014

Applications now open for 5th Windsor Festival International String Competition 2015

The event takes place at Windsor castle, outside of London, in March next year

Applications are now open for the 5th Windsor Festival International String Competition 2015. Taking place at Windsor Guildhall and Windsor Castle – an official residence of Her Majesty The Queen...

News Thursday, 04 September 2014

Video: eleven-year-old busking violinist is surprised by his idol Joshua Bell

The young musician was performing on NBC's Today show

Dylan Hamme, a talented eleven-year-old violinist who has been busking on the streets of New York, was invited to perform on NBC's Today programme  this week. Unbeknownst to the youngster, his ...

News Thursday, 04 September 2014

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra management warns top international status in jeopardy

The orchestra posted a fiscal deficit of €836,461 in 2013

The management of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO) has posted a fiscal deficit of €836,461 in 2013 and members of its senior management team have warned that its status as a top international...

News Thursday, 04 September 2014

Cellist and teacher Rhuna Martin has died at the age of 82

The South-African born artist was a highly influential pedagogue at such London institutions as the Royal College of Music and Guildhall School

Cellist and teacher Rhuna Martin has died at the age of 82. Early in her career, the South African-born artist was co-principal cellist at Sadler’s Wells Opera and a founding member of the Royal...

News Wednesday, 03 September 2014

Susanna Mälkki named Helsinki Philharmonic’s first female chief conductor

The Finnish conductor and former Gothenburg Symphony cellist takes up the role in 2016

Susanna Mälkki has been appointed the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s first female chief conductor from autumn 2016. She succeeds present chief conductor John Storgårds on an initial...

News Tuesday, 02 September 2014

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra violist dies while trying to save drowning partner

John Lynch was the orchestra’s associate principal viola from 2000

John Lynch, associate principal viola with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin, has drowned off the coast of Crete. The musician was trying to save his partner, civil servant Kevin ...

News Monday, 01 September 2014

Alfonso Marconi’s ‘Stradivarius’ violin to be auctioned

The instrument once belonged to the older brother of famous Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi

A violin attributed to Antonio Stradivari, which once belonged to Alfonso Marconi – older brother of famous inventor Guglielmo Marconi – is to go on sale on 28 October. Offered by Ingles...

News Friday, 29 August 2014

Violinist Grace Clifford, 16, wins AU$25,000 first prize at Australia's ABC Young Performers Award competition

Sydney violinist Grace Clifford has won the 2014 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Award. The 16-year-old (pictured), who performed Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony...

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