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Blogs Thursday, 21 August 2014

12 words of wisdom on practice and performance by Burton Kaplan

The Manhattan School of Music pedagogue offered the following guidance to violinist Ariane Todes when she attended his Magic Mountain Music Farm Practice Marathon Retreat in upstate New York this summer

‘Music isn’t about right pitches. Pitch is more like impressionist painting marks – you can’t look too close up, you have to look from a distance. The trick is to play patterns...

Blogs Wednesday, 20 August 2014

How to find a new member for your string quartet

The Wihan Quartet’s fist violinist Leos Čepický describes the process of replacing the ensemble’s longtime viola player

This past June my son, Jakub, became the Wihan Quartet's first new player since our formation thirty years ago. Below is an outline of the process of finding a new ensemble member.

A string quartet...

News Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Violinist and teacher Simon Fischer joins Edition Peters Artist Management

The long-time contributor to The Strad has several books published through Edition Peters

Violinist and educator Simon Fischer has joined Edition Peters Artist Management (EPAM). The Guildhall School and Yehudi Menuhin School professor has contributed popular monthly Basics articles to The...

News Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Memphis Symphony assistant principal violist Marshall Fine dies following car crash

The 58-year-old was a prolific composer and son of former Boston Symphony violist Burton Fine

Memphis Symphony Orchestra assistant principal violist Marshall Fine has died from injuries sustained in a car crash over a week ago. The 58-year-old was also a prolific composer with over 220 works...

News Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Drink and drug addiction is rife in the classical music world, says cellist

The comments were made by a former National Youth Orchestra musician taking part in new documentary, ‘Addicts’ Symphony’

Drink and drug addiction is endemic in the world of classical music, a musician has claimed. Cellist Rachael Lander, who appears in forthcoming Channel 4 documentary, ‘Addicts’ Symphony&rsquo...

Blogs Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Correct posture can significantly improve your playing, writes Aaron Rosand

Good standing and sitting positions, and avoiding using a shoulder rest, are all important for optimum performance, says the American violin virtuoso

Have you ever stopped to think that if it looks good it will sound better? Appearance is an important part of the complete package, and more attention should be given to this integral...

News Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The Strad September 2014 issue is out now

Our education focus celebrates the great teachers of today's leading players

The September issue of The Strad is on sale now ― an education special celebrating today's great string players and the teachers who inspired them.

We also examine...

Focus Monday, 18 August 2014

Studying the violin with Jascha Heifetz

Sherry Kloss, Heifetz's assistant at the University of Southern California, and the recipient of his Tononi violin, shares some memories of her teacher and mentor

My association with the Master began in 1974 in Palm Springs California, where I had just been chosen a winner of a major competition. The Dean of the University of Southern California asked me if I...

News Monday, 18 August 2014

Edinburgh luthier crafts ‘Wilfred Owen Violin’ to commemorate First World War

The instrument has been made from the branch of a tree growing in the grounds of the former Craiglockhart War Hospital

Edinburgh-based luthier Steve Burnett has crafted a violin to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. The ‘Wilfred Owen Violin’ was created during a six-month period from...

Focus Friday, 15 August 2014

How to develop left-hand finger strength

Up and down movement is the basis of left-hand technique and many pedagogues have invented fiendish exercises to improve it. Rok Klopčič takes a look at some of them

To play even the most simple melody we must stop the string in order to define pitch, making vertical finger motion the central element of left-hand technique. As a result it has received much attention...

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