Top stories from the string music world

Focus Friday, 21 February 2014

Faking it – the great unmentionable of orchestral playing

Given today’s high standards of musicianship, you might think top orchestral string players can play anything, but there are times when the best they can do is give the impression of playing every note as written, as cellist Alice McVeigh discovers

Faking, smudging, flying, putting the orchestral pedal down – there are so many ways to describe not being able to nail every last note. Yet it is, to some degree, the great unmentionable of orchestral...

News Friday, 21 February 2014

Violinist Tatiana Samouil and violist Yuri Bashmet to perform at Winter Olympics closing ceremony

St Petersburg-born violinist Tatiana Samouil is to perform alongside her compatriot Yuri Bashmet in a concert at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi this Sunday, 23 February.


Focus Friday, 21 February 2014

How to make a five-string viola

The five-stringed viola represents a creative and technical challenge for both players and luthiers. Ariane Todes talks to some of the people who are exploring its exciting possibilities

There’s something thrilling about the current rise of the five-stringed viola. In a world where violin makers work to regular specifications, often trying to recreate classic ...

Focus Friday, 21 February 2014

Violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch on how she overcame chronic RSI

In the second of our Health Matters interviews from 2009, the Australian violinist explains how sessions at the gym helped her overcome pain

Have you had any physical problems with playing?

I started having playing injuries in my teens. The first thing was tennis elbow in my right elbow. As the years progressed I ...

News Thursday, 20 February 2014

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards honour The Full English and fiddler Aidan O’Rourke

The Full English, including fiddlers Seth Lakeman and Sam Sweeney, takes two awards, while Aidan O’Rourke is named Musician of the Year

This year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, held yesterday at London’s Royal Albert Hall, included honours for a number of string players.

Winner of both the Best Group and Best Album categories...

Focus Thursday, 20 February 2014

Bringing singing to violin technique: Charles-Auguste de Bériot

The Belgian pedagogue, who was born on this day in 1802, combined elements of the human voice with the virtuosity of Paganini in his violin treatise. Robin Stowell considers his Méthode...

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 ...

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