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    Becoming a better and happier musician through mindfulness and yoga


    Violinists Elena Urioste and Melissa White’s musical lives have been transformed by yoga, finding both body and mind freer and more resilient against the rigours of life as a professional musician

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    Henning Kraggerud's Musical Calendar


    In this video, recorded over the course of 2016, Norwegian violinist and composer Henning Kraggerud and his then nine-year-old daughter Alma play his Musical Calendar. Composed as a Christmas gift to friends and family in 1992, the Musical Calendar features a duet for each month of the year. ...

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    Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad plays Vieuxtemps' Élégie


    Norwegian violist Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad is a current BBC New Generation Artist and a former winner of the Eurovision Young Musician competition (2012). Here he plays Vieuxtemps’ Élégie op.30 with pianist David Meier. Holtsmark Ringstad plays a 1768 Guadagnini viola on loan from Dextra Musica, the musical ...

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    Kyung Wha Chung plays Sarasate's Caprice Basque op.24


    A brief interview followed by a performance by Kyung Wha Chung, aged 22, in her first British TV appearance in 1970. Chung’s big break in the UK had come earlier that year, when she substituted for Itzhak Perlman in a concert with the London Symphony Orchestra to great acclaim, ...

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    How I cope with the pressures of life as a soloist – double bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku


    The founder of Chineke!, Europe’s first professional majority Black and Minority Ethnic orchestra, reflects on how she keeps her own musical life grounded

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    What makes a concertmaster special?


    Laurinel Owen explores the qualities and responsibilities that make orchestral leaders stand apart from the rest

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    Renaud Garcia-Fons on the Sarabande from Bach's Fifth Cello Suite


    The Sarabande from Bach’s Fifth Cello Suite has a deeply personal resonance for the French bassist and composer – even though he’s never performed it in public

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    James Ehnes plays Hora Staccato by Grigoraș Dinicu, arr. Heifetz


    In this video from 2008, James Ehnes plays Hora Staccato , the showpiece by Romanian composer Grigoraș Dinicu, as arranged by Heifetz. As the name suggests, its challenges lie in fast staccato notes both up- and down-bow. The piece features on Ehnes’s CD/DVD Homage released on Onyx Classics, ...

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    Alexander Hersh plays Giovanni Sollima's Lamentatio for solo cello


    In this video, New England Conservatory educated Alexander Hersh plays Giovanni Sollima’s 1998 work Lamentatio. Hersh won the cello category of the 2017 New York International Artists Competition and will be performing Lamentatio at the competition winners’ showcase on 24 September at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. ...

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    The 4 crucial components of a winning competition performance


    Qian Zhou, jury chair of the Singapore International Violin Competition, gives some tips on what it takes to win a share of its $110,000 prize money – plus a bonus tip on the application process