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News Wednesday, 28 May 2014

American cellist Paul Tobias has died

The soloist and educator was known for his commitment to commissioning new works

American cellist Paul Tobias died at the age of 68 on 6 May from injuries sustained in a fall. A prolific performer and educator, Tobias appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles...

News Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Pro Arte String Quartet detained by customs in Belgium over ivory concerns

Violist Sally Chisholm and cellist Parry Karp were denied entry for several hours when their instrument passports weren’t recognised

Two members of the Pro Arte Quartet from the University of Wisconsin were detained for several hours by customs at Brussels Airport last week over concerns their instruments and bows contained endangered...

News Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Time For Three violinists denied access to US Airways flight with instruments

Two musicians left alone on the tarmac with no further direction

Two violinists from string ensemble Time For Three were left stranded on the tarmac at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on the weekend when the captain and crew decided that their violins were...

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...

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