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    Stella Chen gives winning performance at the Queen Elisabeth Competition


    In this video Stella Chen gives her winning performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto at the 2019 Queen Elisabeth Competition.

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    Harry Potter meets Paganini with Anne-Sophie Mutter and John Williams


    Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and legendary film composer John Williams have released this preview of a recording collaboration for the Deutsche Grammophon label. ‘Hedwig’s Theme’ from Harry Potter is recast as a virtuosic violin showpiece with orchestra (listen to the full track below). The Recording Arts Orchestra of Los ...

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    Isaac Stern 2020 centenary at Carnegie Hall


    With 2020 marking the centenary of Isaac Stern’s birth, Carnegie Hall dedicates its 2019–2020 season in the violinist’s honour. This video, introducing the celebrations, pays tribute to the violinist and activist; as well as his tireless work in saving Carnegie Hall from demolition in 1960.

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    Christian Ferras plays Brahms Sonata no.3


    In this video, French violinist Christian Ferras, performs the second movement of Brahms’s Violin Sonata no.3. Ferras, who died by suicide in 1982 at the age of 49, featured in the ‘Great Violinists’ series in the December 2010 issue of The Strad, where Nathaniel Vallois wrote: His ascent ...

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    Pekka Kuusisto on Thomas Adès's violin concerto 'Concentric Paths'


    Pekka Kuusisto will be performing the work as part of Aurora Orchestra’s ‘Music of the Spheres Tour’, a concert inspired by the ancient Greek idea that the revolution of the planets generates celestial music. Part of its Orchestral Theatre series, the production incorporates elements of lighting, visuals, animation ...

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    James Ehnes on Bruch's Violin Concerto No 1


    In this video James Ehnes explains what the Bruch Violin Concerto No 1 means to him, but also why the composer’s other repertoire deserves more attention. Plus, he reveals his greatest passion in life.

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    New Netflix horror film features feuding cellists


    Musical jealousy is at the heart of The Perfection , a new Netflix horror film, in which a former musical prodigy (Allison Williams) seeks out the new star pupil of her former school (Logan Browning). It is released on Netflix on 24 May 2019.

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    Beethoven's viola played in Los Angeles


    LA Phil principal violist Teng Li plays the viola Beethoven used between the ages of about 16 and 22 when he was in the court orchestra in Bonn before his move to Vienna. The instrument, on a Stainer model, is thought to have been made in Vienna by Sebastian ...

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    Paganini's 'Il Cannone' violin played in Columbus, Ohio


    This clip from the Columbus Dispatch shows Columbus Symphony concertmaster Joanna Frankel trying out ‘Il Cannone’, Paganini’s favourite violin, during its weeklong stay at the Columbus Museum of Art. The violin, made in 1743 by Guarneri ‘Del Gesù’, was nicknamed ‘Il Cannone’ (the cannon) by Paganini because of its ...

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    PBS NewsHour segment on Italian spruce tonewood forests


    Severe storms last year tore down vast swathes of spruce forest in the Italian Alps, including in the Fiemme valley where conditions favour growth suitable for tonewood. As The Strad has reported , efforts have been ongoing to process trees suitable for tonewood before they begin to deteriorate. ...