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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...

News Friday, 26 September 2014

Violinist Daniel Andai named dean of music at Miami’s New World School of the Arts

The artist will overseeing administration of the high school and college music programmes

Dr Daniel Andai has been appointed dean of music at the New World School of the Arts. The violinist will serve as chief academic and artistic officer for the institution's Music Division in Miami, Florida...

News Friday, 26 September 2014

Alan Davey named new BBC Radio 3 controller

The Arts Council England chief executive replaces Roger Wright to take up the role in January 2015

BBC Radio 3 has named Alan Davey as its new controller. Currently chief executive officer of Arts Council England, the 53-year-old replaces Roger Wright, who stepped down several months ago after 15...

Focus Thursday, 25 September 2014

6 ways to improve your ensemble playing

Advice on rhythmic, intuitive and tuneful ensemble playing from The Strad’s archives

When once a quartet party is formed, intuitive playing together ought to be the main and definite idea to which the players should devote their attention, and which only comes by constant practice. ...

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