Top stories from the string music world

Focus Thursday, 02 October 2014

Me and my teacher: violist Toby Appel and Max Aronoff

A year spent studying nothing but technique with Curtis Quartet violist Aronoff gave future Juilliard School viola professor Appel total musical freedom

I started the viola when I was nine – my first and last teacher was Max Aronoff. My father was studying cello and my two sisters violin, so the family needed a viola player and I was the only ...

News Thursday, 02 October 2014

Violinists Anne-Sophie Mutter and Leonidas Kavakos to feature in free online broadcasts from Carnegie Hall

A series of four performances will be webcast through a partnership with

Carnegie Hall and have launched a new, live streaming partnership – the first time that the New York venue’s concerts will be presented as live webcasts. A series of four free ...

News Thursday, 02 October 2014

Violins allowed as carry-on baggage, but violas must be checked into the hold, says Air Canada

The airline has published detailed regulations for the transportation of musical instruments on its website

Air Canada has published a detailed explanation of its carry-on and checked baggage rules in relation to musical instruments, and has distinguished between violins and violas.

The airline...

Focus Wednesday, 01 October 2014

Remembering the great violinist David Oistrakh

Julian Haylock examines the technical poise, interpretative focus and musical humility that made the player a violinistic ideal

David Oistrakh held all aspects of violin artistry in perfect balance and made even the most challenging of pieces seem effortless. For many the ideal violinist, he combined fingers of steel with a ...

News Wednesday, 01 October 2014

Video: violinist Joshua Bell’s second Washington DC Metro performance draws large crowds

Unlike 2007’s anonymous busking experiment, the virtuoso this time announced his appearance in advance

Joshua Bell’s second appearance in a Washington DC Metro station yesterday could not have been more different from his incognito turn as an ordinary busker back in 2007.

Seven years...

Focus Tuesday, 30 September 2014

8 ways to make music lessons interesting

Violinist Sid G Hedges gives advice to teachers on how to inspire enthusiasm in The Strad’s June 1923 issue

Recently a lady remarked to me: ‘My children are very naughty about their practice. Only this morning I found them together, for they have but one instrument, and one was saying to the other: ...

Blogs Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Pizzicato technique is often neglected, says violinist Jennifer Pike

There are many ways to vary sound and colour, but beware the perils of playing forte for sustained periods

Pizzicato technique can be neglected: people look at it and think, ‘Oh, it’s pizz, nobody’s going to hear.’ But actually there are many different...

News Monday, 29 September 2014

Violinist Augustin Hadelich performs ‘America the Beautiful’ at his naturalisation ceremony

The German artist has lived in the US for the past ten years

German violinist Augustin Hadelich was sworn in as a new US citizen at Manhattan Federal Court last week – and performed ‘America the Beautiful’ at the naturalisation ceremony.


Focus Monday, 29 September 2014

How develop secure intonation, by cellist Maria Kliegel

The German artist explains how developing accurate intonation gives security and confidence to her playing

When performing I want to say something and make it convincing immediately, not at the third attempt. Each passage must be perfect every time, so I need the knowledge and training to back up my musical...

News Monday, 29 September 2014

Former Chetham’s School of Music violin teacher charged with rape and indecent assault

The charges against Wen Zhou Li, who also taught at the Royal Northern College of Music, date back to the 1990s

Former Chetham’s School of Music violin teacher Wen Zhou Li has been charged with rape and two counts of indecent assault by Greater Manchester Police.  He will appear at Manchester Magistrates&rsquo...

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