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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...

News Tuesday, 04 February 2014

Anonymous owner of stolen 'Lipinski' Stradivarius violin issues statement

A reward of $100,000 has also been offered for information leading to the instrument's safe return

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond posted a message of personal thanks on his website yesterday for 'the avalanche of goodwill', following the theft of the 300-year-old ...

News Monday, 03 February 2014

The Strad February 2014 issue is on sale now

Double bass issue celebrates the talent and creativity in today’s double bass world

The February issue of The Strad is on sale now, in which we celebrate a new golden age of the double bass. In our cover story, six rising young bass players discuss what attracted them...

News Monday, 03 February 2014

Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja appointed artistic partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) of Minnesota, US, has chosen violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja as its artistic partner for the 20014–15 season.

Kopatchinskaja, who is from Moldova...

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