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Blogs Friday, 30 May 2014

7 tips for successful practice by violinist Rachel Podger

The Baroque musician reveals the most important elements of her practice routine

1. Plan your practice according to how you feelIf you’ve been travelling and carrying a lot of bags so feel weak or tired, you’ll have to build up slowly during your next...

News Friday, 30 May 2014

Bozzini Quartet cellist told instrument not allowed in train carriage

The experimental ensemble had paid for an extra seat for the cello

Bozzini Quartet cellist Isabelle Bozzini was told by VIA Rail Canada staff on Tuesday that her cello should not be allowed in the carriage. The musician was travelling with her fellow quartet members...

News Thursday, 29 May 2014

Former New York Philharmonic concertmaster David Nadien has died aged 88

The violinist was known for his razor sharp technique and silken tone

New York-born violinist David Nadien has died at the age of 88. A student of Adolfo Betti, Ivan Galamian and Adolf Busch, he served as concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic from 1966 to 1970 under...

Focus Thursday, 29 May 2014

Ask the Experts: How to keep your instrument clean

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

In the sixth of the series, three instrument makers and restorers respond to a reader's query about how to keep her instrument clean of rosin.

Do you have a burning question...

News Wednesday, 28 May 2014

American cellist Paul Tobias has died

The soloist and educator was known for his commitment to commissioning new works

American cellist Paul Tobias died at the age of 68 on 6 May from injuries sustained in a fall. A prolific performer and educator, Tobias appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles...

Debate Wednesday, 28 May 2014

String players can make the best orchestral conductors

There’s a growing trend of string players turning to conducting – and as Andrew Mellor argues, it’s the orchestras that stand to reap the benefits

A few years ago I had a fascinating conversation with the Finnish violinist and conductor John Storgårds. He told me how, one summer, he and a few friends had got together to play some chamber...

Focus Tuesday, 27 May 2014

7 things to remember when buying a bow

Bows for so long seen as mere accessories, are increasingly attracting serious investors, writes Femke Colborne

Traditionally thought of merely as accessories, bows are becoming more and more important – not only to players, but also to investors. Bows by certain makers now regularly fetch upwards of $100...

News Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Pro Arte String Quartet detained by customs in Belgium over ivory concerns

Violist Sally Chisholm and cellist Parry Karp were denied entry for several hours when their instrument passports weren’t recognised

Two members of the Pro Arte Quartet from the University of Wisconsin were detained for several hours by customs at Brussels Airport last week over concerns their instruments and bows contained endangered...

News Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Time For Three violinists denied access to US Airways flight with instruments

Two musicians left alone on the tarmac with no further direction

Two violinists from string ensemble Time For Three were left stranded on the tarmac at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on the weekend when the captain and crew decided that their violins were...

Blogs Friday, 23 May 2014

Violinist Bin Huang on playing the 'Salabue', 'Berta' Guadagnini - listen to a clip

The violinist performed Bach's Chaconne on the instrument during a recent trip to Italy

Visiting Giovanni Accornero at his home means playing at least two dozen top-quality violins ranging from modern to antique, discussing their qualities, comparing them with each other, and just having...

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