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DaPonte Quartet fired by its board

2022-05-20T11:38:00+01:00

The nonprofit organisation, originally founded to support concerts and programming of the quartet and handle finances, last week informed the quartet their positions as salaried musicians had been eliminated

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‘When we're on stage we would die for our music’
The Pavel Haas Quartet gives a lively account of their first two decades together, and their upcoming Brahms recording, in conversation with Tom Stewart.

‘The first time I performed on stage, I hit a chord fortissimo and an embarrassingly large plume of rosin was lit up by the stage lights’
Celliest Billy Tobenkin’s passion for cello playing began at the ripe old age of 25. The late starter discusses the pitfalls and triumphs of his learning experience.

‘Of all the instruments I've owned, the "Baron Knoop" is the most happy-sounding’
Christian Lloyd talks to American collector David Fulton about his legendary array of old Italian instruments, including some of the finest Stradivaris in existence.

‘We are certainly looking to play the Gregson quartets again, having put so much work into them’
The four members of the Navarra Quartet talk to Tim Homfray about their latest recording of works by veteran British composer Edward Gregson.

‘We are very passionate people. We are confident, but without ever feeling entitled’
Jacqueline Vanasse reports on String Playing in Serbia where the approach to teaching and playing has a distinct ethos where individuality goes hand in hand with mutual respect.

In recent years, examining instruments under different kinds of light has become standard practice. Leonhard Rank shows what secrets can be revealed using fluorescence

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Vadim Gluzman: Life Lessons

2022-05-18T08:28:34.803+01:00

The Israeli violinist talks about dealing with self-doubt and developing a strong work ethic

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Opinion: The power of imagination

2022-05-18T08:28:00+01:00

To enhance a pupil’s learning, it is useful to build a list of words and catchphrases that conjure images relating to different techniques. Jeffrey Howard introduces his own ‘violin vocabulary’

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Competitions, Awards and Appointments: June 2022

2022-05-18T08:25:48.19+01:00

This month’s competition results, appointments and forthcoming contests

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Premiere of the Month: A matter of life and death

2022-05-18T08:25:42.707+01:00

Giving birth to new life forms the basis of this British composer’s work

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Analysis June 2022: The high cost of conflict

2022-05-20T08:51:00+01:00

With the war in Ukraine now in its third month, many musicians are still trapped in the country. Two string players who left in the nick of time reflect on their experiences – and how we can help

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Auction Report: June 2022

2022-05-18T08:24:01.563+01:00

Kevin MacDonald finds some unusual offerings, including an interesting quartet of bows, at the capital’s March auctions

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    Baroque Set-up: In a Land without Rules

    2022-05-18T10:00:00+01:00

    With the growth in popularity of historically informed performance, more players are requesting Baroque-style instruments – but the process of converting an instrument is fraught with uncertainty. Sarah Peck presents an overview of the Baroque set-up process, and corrects some common misconceptions along the way

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    Fluorescence: Reflected glories

    2022-05-18T08:27:00.017+01:00

    Viewing instruments in different kinds of light has become standard in documentation and assessment. Leonhard Rank explains how, in addition to ultraviolet light, researchers can now use infrared, and even parts of the visible spectrum, to reveal even more secrets

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    In Focus: A 1904 violin by Erminio Montefiori

    2022-05-18T08:26:50.903+01:00

    Alberto Giordano looks at the self-taught Italian luthier’s 20th-century instrument

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    ‘And the thieves got clean away’: From the archive: June 1892

    2022-05-18T08:26:40.033+01:00

    An anonymous article entitled ‘Fiddle Dealers, Beware!’ reveals how two of London’s best-known violin dealers were swindled by a pair of European con artists

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    Trade Secrets: A ‘plug and plate’ repair for a double bass neck

    2022-05-18T08:26:35.01+01:00

    A detailed alternative method for a difficult neck and pegbox repair

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    Making Matters: Change and decay?

    2022-05-18T08:25:15.237+01:00

    Matthieu Besseling argues we are currently seeing a ‘second transition period’ in instrument and bow making, analogous to the changes at the end of the 18th century – but are they all to the good?

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Opinion: The power of imagination

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Opinion: A New Deal for Early Music

2022-05-09T08:01:00+01:00

Covid-19 has highlighted the economic inequalities that divide musicians who perform on period instruments from the majority of today’s string players, says Andrew Mellor

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    Pekka Kuusisto, a green violinist

    2022-04-21T10:51:00+01:00

    Elegy for the Forest, Pekka Kuusisto’s short film made in collaboration with Greenpeace, aims to build awareness of deforestation. He speaks to Peter Quantrill about combining art and activism

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    Gidon Kremer on Mieczysław Weinberg: Testament to turbulent times

    2022-03-29T08:27:00+01:00

    2019 marked a century since the birth of Polish–Soviet composer Mieczysław Weinberg. Violinist Gidon Kremer tells Tom Stewart why he has become one of the composer’s greatest champions

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