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Focus Monday, 22 September 2014

How to use bowing angle to vary articulation by cellist Colin Carr

The artist explains how he varies the attock and timbre of a note by modifying the angle of the bow to the string

Like singers or speakers forming words, string players have the ability to define the type of articulation we choose for each bow change. The principle behind bowing is, of course, pulling and pushing:...

News Monday, 22 September 2014

Czech violinist Jan Mráček wins International Fritz Kreisler Competition

The 23-year-old artist receives €15,000 and performances with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Jan Mráček from the Czech Republic has been named the winner of the 8th International Fritz Kreisler Competition. The 23-year-old violinist, who performed Brahms’s Concerto in the final...

News Monday, 22 September 2014

International Violin Competition of Indianapolis names special prize winners

The competition, held every four years, was won by South Korean violinist Jinjoo Cho

Following Saturday’s announcement of the main prize winners at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis – with the Gold Medal going to South Korean artist Jinjoo Cho – ...

News Sunday, 21 September 2014

Violin, viola, cello and bow makers honoured at 2014 VSA competition

Nine gold medals were awarded at this year's Violin Society of America international makers' competition, held in Indianapolis, Indiana, from 15-21 September. Jeff Phillips received a gold medal in ...

News Sunday, 21 September 2014

Jinjoo Cho wins first prize at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

South Korean violinist Jinjoo Cho has won the first prize at the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (IVCI). The 26-year-old will receive a $30,000 cash prize, a gold medal and career...

Focus Friday, 19 September 2014

None of my teachers were any good at explaining technique ― Ruggiero Ricci

Celebrating his 90th birthday in July 2008, the legendary violinist looked back at his teaching influences and revealed that he was largely self-taught

The reason I started the violin was that I heard my father playing the Brahms Hungarian Dance no.5, badly. I liked the tune and said, ‘I wanna play the violin.’ If I had heard the piano ...

News Friday, 19 September 2014

Stefan Tarara wins George Enescu International Competition Violin category

The multi-prize-winning German violinist receives €15,000

German violinist Stefan Tarara won the Violin section of the George Enescu International Competition in Bucharest, Romania yesterday. The 28-year-old, who performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto...

Blogs Thursday, 18 September 2014

Video: how I came to play Pablo Casals’s 1733 Goffriller cello, by Amit Peled

The Israeli artist tells of his first encounter with Casals’s cello in 2012, and how he came to be loaned the instrument by Marta Casals Istomin. Watch a clip of him playing the instrument below.

I met Mrs Marta Casals Istomin and the historic 1733 Matteo Goffriller cello of her late husband, Pablo Casals in 2012. The idea of seeing that instrument up close was hard for me to grasp. How could...

News Thursday, 18 September 2014

Fears expressed for future of BBC Scottish Symphony should independence triumph

Leading classical music names warn of possible cultural ‘disaster’ in an independent Scotland

Today Scotland goes to the polls in an historic vote on whether to part ways with the United Kingdom. In the past week, however, leading figures in the Scottish classical music world have warned of ...

Focus Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Personality is no longer encouraged in musical performance

Not too long ago mass audiences and critics alike revered overtly personal performances, yet today superimposing one's personality over that of the composer is regarded as poor musicianship, writes Henry Roth

To what degree should personality play a role in string performance? Personality, in the broad sense, includes the idiosyncrasies or peculiarities of the individual as they pertain to his performance...

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