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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...

News Thursday, 06 February 2014

Cremona’s Museum of the Violin begins ‘Legacy of Nicolò Amati’ concert series

Project looks at key period in the history of Cremonese violin making

The Museum of the Violin in Cremona will present a series of concerts over the next five months showcasing stringed instruments from its collection made by Nicolò Amati (1596–1684) and ...

News Thursday, 06 February 2014

Stolen ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius violin believed to be recovered

Milwaukee Police will hold a press conference to provide further details

Reports are surfacing that the ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius violin, which was stolen in an armed robbery last week, has been recovered. The Milwaukee Police Department are currently working to...

News Thursday, 06 February 2014

Three arrested in connection with ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius violin theft

The suspects, all from Milwaukee, are currently in custody, although the violin has not been recovered

The Milwaukee Police Department has arrested three suspects in connection with the armed robbery of the ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius. Although the violin, which is thought to be worth $5m, has...

Debate Thursday, 06 February 2014

Now is the time for the double bass to shine

After centuries of neglect, the double bass is receiving the attention it has always deserved. Jeff Bradetich argues that now is a great time to be a bassist

Not since the time of the first Viennese School has the double bass enjoyed such a profound period of growth. During that part of the late 18th century, every great composer wrote solos and concertos...

Blogs Wednesday, 05 February 2014

Recording the soundtrack to Gravity

William Schofield, cellist with the Emperor Quartet and Academy of St Martin in the Fields, describes recording the soundtrack to the Oscar and BAFTA-nominated film

Recording sessions can be run in a number of ways, usually determined by the particular use. For a classical session you will want to record in a natural acoustic, aiming to create an impression of ...

Focus Wednesday, 05 February 2014

8 pieces of advice for happy string quartets

Words of instruction and inspiration from the pages of The Strad

‘At whatever age and level of accomplishment the players may be, the basics of quartet playing are the same, and they are principally to do with communication. First young players have to learn...

Focus Tuesday, 04 February 2014

A potted history of Dragonetti – the ‘Paganini of the double bass’

He was Europe’s first – and the world’s finest – virtuoso double bassist, who was admired by Beethoven and granted favour by Napoleon. But the story of Domenico Dragonetti is shrouded in intrigue: who was the man they called ‘Il Drago’?

1763: Born in Venice, the son of a poor barber who plays the kettle drums. As a child he receives violin instruction from a local shoemaker, who persuades him to take up the bass. &lsquo...

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