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Blogs Wednesday, 19 February 2014

6 pieces of advice for performers by violinist Vadim Repin

There are as many ways to advise violinists about performance careers as there are violinists, says Vadim Repin. Nevertheless, he tells Pauline Harding six of his secrets to success

Keep charge of your own lifeDon't make compromises about the path you want to follow – stick to it, and hopefully you will become successful with it. There will be good times ...

News Wednesday, 19 February 2014

New string appointments at London’s Royal Academy of Music

Dominic Seldis, Giovanni Guzzo and Richard Ireland to join in 2014

The Royal Academy of Music in London has announced the appointments of three new strings professors for 2014.

Double bassist Dominic Seldis and violinists Giovanni Guzzo...

News Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Violinist Vanessa-Mae happy despite finishing last on Olympic debut

Singapore-born British violinist Vanessa-Mae was all smiles after finishing last in the women's giant slalom at the Winter Olympics in Sochi earlier this morning.

Despite being placed 74th and...

Debate Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Take the hostility out of string playing

Today’s performers should remember that you don’t need to be aggressive to make a searing point, argues Richard S. Ginell

Not too long ago I walked away from a performance by one of our leading female violinists in Los Angeles’s futuristic Walt Disney Concert Hall feeling as if I had just been mugged.

She ...

Focus Monday, 17 February 2014

9 perspectives on spiccato

Like riding a bicycle, mastering spiccato is all about striking the perfect balance between control and release, as these excerpts from 100 years of The Strad demonstrate

‘As soon as we hold the bow lightly and make up our minds to obey its own sweet will, confining ourselves to readily follow the swing of its own weight – we gain confidence, we notice that...

News Monday, 17 February 2014

Study finds emotional intelligence is key to achieving ‘flow’ in musical performance

‘Flow’ is a psychological state associated with extreme fulfilment, optimised performance, health and well-being

Researchers from Goldsmiths, University of London have discovered that emotional intelligence is a key factor for successful musical performance. It has long been known that some musicians and sportsmen...

Blogs Friday, 14 February 2014

The art of distraction is more effective than repetitive practice

Repeating a difficult passage over and over again can lead to stress and tension. Instead distract your mind at the point of execution to feel relaxed as you play, writes cellist Thomas Demenga (pictured)

When people ask me how much I practise I usually say, 'I don't practise, I check whether I can still do it...'

This is, of course, a joke, but it also contains a truth. Before one starts to practise...

Focus Friday, 14 February 2014

How a skiing injury changed the way I play, by Matthew Barley

In the first of our Health Matters series of interviews from 2009, the British cellist reveals how he overcame the shoulder complaint that threatened his career

Have you had any injuries and if so, how did you deal with them?

Over the last five or ten years my left shoulder was slowly getting stiffer, to the point that it was affecting...

News Thursday, 13 February 2014

Auschwitz violinist Violette Jacquet-Silberstein has died

The former member of Alma Rosé’s Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz was 88 years old

Violette Jacquet-Silberstein, a former member of Alma Rosé’s Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz, has died in Paris at the age of 88. Born on 9 November 1925 in Romania...

News Thursday, 13 February 2014

Novus Quartet wins €20,000 prize at International Mozart Competition

The Korean string quartet will undertake an extensive European tour organised by Impresariat Simmenauer

The Novus Quartet (pictured) from South Korea has triumphed in the string quartet section of the Eleventh International Mozart Competition of the Mozarteum University in Salzburg...

serene violin solo pre-1917
Hi folks. For a story I'm writing I'd like suggestions for the most serene and...
I want to try some new strings on my violin. It's English, 1875, and has quite...
violin left hand position
I have a new student , quite advanced, who has a 'double jointed' left thumb...
Electric violin and bows stolen in London
My friend John Garner's asking for help regarding his electric violin. Please...
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