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News Friday, 23 May 2014

St Louis Symphony Orchestra appoints three new violists

Jonathan Chu, Xi Zhang and Chris Tantillo take up their posts from the 2014-15 season

The St Louis Symphony Orchestra has appointed three new violists to its ranks from the 2014-15 season.

Jonathan Chu, who has served as a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since the beginning...

News Friday, 23 May 2014

The Strad June 2014 issue is out now

The issue includes the wonderfully preserved ‘Salabue’, ‘Berta’ Guadagnini violin and New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow on his 34-year career

The June issue of The Strad is on sale now, in which we investigate the beautifully preserved 1774 ‘Salabue’, ‘Berta’ Guadagnini violin and what it can tell ...

News Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Handwritten manuscript of Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony sells for £1.2m

The only surviving autograph score has been bought by a private investor

The only surviving handwritten manuscript of Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony has been sold for £1.2m by Sotheby’s in London to a private investor. The 320-page score, which was thought...

News Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Violinist Nicola Benedetti replaces Janine Jansen to make New York Philharmonic debut

Benedetti will perform Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto no.1 in three concerts

Nicola Benedetti is to make her New York Philharmonic subscription debut tomorrow in Szymanowski’s First Violin Concerto, replacing Janine Jansen, who has been advised by her doctor not to play...

News Tuesday, 20 May 2014

European ensembles scoop ¥6m in first prizes at Osaka chamber competition

The Rafale Trio from Switzerland and the Arcadia Quartet from Romania receive top awards, reports Pauline Harding

After a nail-biting final at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan yesterday, first prizes were awarded to the Rafale Trio from Switzerland (pictured) and to the Arcadia Quartet...

News Monday, 19 May 2014

Cellist Zoë Keating announces career hiatus

The independent artist’s husband has been diagnosed with cancer

Cellist and The Strad January 2014 cover star Zoë Keating has announced a hiatus from music and from her 1.2m Twitter followers so that she can spend time with her husband...

News Friday, 16 May 2014

British cellist Douglas Cummings has died aged 67

He served as principal cellist of the London Symphony Orchestra for 24 years

British cellist Douglas Cummings died on Wednesday at the age of 67. ‘Dougie’, as he was known, began his career at the age of 22 when he was appointed principal cellist of the London Symphony...

News Friday, 16 May 2014

US ivory import rules eased to allow international travel with musical instruments

Instruments and bows containing small amounts of ivory purchased before February 2014 can now be transported into the US

Changes to US ivory import rules have been announced by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, intended to ease international travel with musical instruments. Earlier this year, new regulations were introduced...

News Thursday, 15 May 2014

Timothy Cobb named New York Philharmonic principal bass

The double bassist has served as principal of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1989

The New York Philharmonic has appointed Timothy Cobb as its new principal bass. The musician has served as principal double bass of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra...

News Thursday, 15 May 2014

26-year-old cellist Dmitry Volkov died from a heart condition

The Russian-born musician died in his sleep over the weekend

Officials have concluded there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the sudden death of cellist Dmitry Volkov, it has been reported. The 26-year-old, who died in...

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