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Blogs Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Aaron Rosand on portamento

The American violinist examines how the great 20th-century violinists used the ‘gliding technique’ to bring personality and individuality to their interpretations

Portamento: the carrying of a sound with the voice or stringed instrument, the transition from one note to another, higher or lower, without any break in the sound.

This expressive...

Blogs Tuesday, 11 February 2014

10 habits of successful musicians

American cellist David Finckel embarks on a series of seminars – entitled Being a Musician – at Stony Brook University, New York on 3 February. Here, he identifies the important habits of those musicians who have built and maintained successful careers

All musicians, especially those soon to emerge from formal education, wonder what path their careers will take and whether they can control their artistic destinies. While there are no proven methods...

Blogs Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Making a double bass

Constructing a double bass brings with it challenges of design and method, size and sound, cost and travel – as experienced German-based British luthier Roger Hargrave found when making his first bass

Although I have always felt it incumbent on violin makers to construct a bass, at some time in their career, like most violin makers I pushed such thoughts to the back of my mind, where I hoped it would...

News Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Schumann Quartet wins €60,000 Jürgen Ponto Foundation chamber award

The prize is awarded every two years to a young professional ensemble

The second Jürgen Ponto Foundation prize for chamber music, worth €60,000, has been awarded to the Schumann Quartet (pictured) from Cologne. The award, which also includes performing opportunities...

Focus Monday, 10 February 2014

Ask the Experts: how to look after your bow

Strad readers submit their problems and queries about string playing, teaching or making to a panel of experts

In the second of the series, four bow makers respond to a reader's query on how best to look after his new bow.

Do you have a burning question about string playing, ...

News Monday, 10 February 2014

Riccardo Muti to revive Abbado’s Orchestra Mozart for Ravenna Festival concert

The ensemble will come out of its ‘temporary’ shutdown following the death of its music director and the cancellation of its autumn season

Claudio Abbado’s Orchestra Mozart may yet be salvaged with the news that Riccardo Muti will conduct the ensemble in a surprise concert at the Ravenna Festival in Bologna this summer. Shortly before...

News Monday, 10 February 2014

European Parliament votes in favour of regulation for instruments on planes

The proposal, which would bring uniformity to the sector, must now go before the European Council

Musicians are a step closer to being able to travel unimpeded throughout Europe with their instruments following a European Parliament vote in favour of a revision of Air Passenger Rights. The vote,...

Focus Friday, 07 February 2014

Aaron Rosand on finding the perfect set of strings

Finding the best strings for your instrument can take years of trial and error. The American violinist reflects on his ongoing journey to discover the perfect set

I clearly remember an incident from when I was around twelve years old. I performed in a recital at the Chicago Musical College (now the Chicago College of Performing Arts) where I was studying with...

News Friday, 07 February 2014

Milwaukee Police confirm safe recovery of $5m ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius violin

Instrument found inside a suitcase, hidden in the attic, at a property in Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Police Department has confirmed the safe recovery of the ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius violin. In a press conference last night police chief Edward Flynn announced investigators ...

News Thursday, 06 February 2014

New strings collective challenges session industry obsession with looks

London-based string players aim to make the TV and live session scene less about appearance and more reflective of the diversity of musical talent

A new collective of London-based string players aims to make the TV and live session scene less about looks and more reflective of the depth and diversity of musical talent in the city. 'We value substance...

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violin left hand position
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Electric violin and bows stolen in London
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