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Focus Friday, 16 May 2014

10 tips to improve your sight-reading

By violinist and professor Eugene Gratovich

On a string instrument, sight-reading depends on the relationship between visual, mental, aural, and physical skills. A performer's limited solo repertory may not provide a person with adequate fingerboald...

News Friday, 16 May 2014

US ivory import rules eased to allow international travel with musical instruments

Instruments and bows containing small amounts of ivory purchased before February 2014 can now be transported into the US

Changes to US ivory import rules have been announced by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, intended to ease international travel with musical instruments. Earlier this year, new regulations were introduced...

News Thursday, 15 May 2014

Timothy Cobb named New York Philharmonic principal bass

The double bassist has served as principal of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1989

The New York Philharmonic has appointed Timothy Cobb as its new principal bass. The musician has served as principal double bass of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra...

Focus Thursday, 15 May 2014

Should string section bowings always be synchronised?

It is generally accepted that string sections should bow as a collective, but could this uniform approach sacrifice the composer’s intended sound? Violist James Boyd argues in favour of greater freedom

Bowing choices tend to favour practicality over artistryGenerally bowing decisions are based in pragmatism, rather than any great artistic ideal. And the solutions tend to be quite ...

News Thursday, 15 May 2014

26-year-old cellist Dmitry Volkov died from a heart condition

The Russian-born musician died in his sleep over the weekend

Officials have concluded there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the sudden death of cellist Dmitry Volkov, it has been reported. The 26-year-old, who died in...

Debate Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Why do so few string players start out learning the viola?

The UK may be producing some talented viola players, but violist Louise Lansdown cannot understand how, when the instrument is under-supported at grass-roots level

Why do so few string players start out learning the viola rather than opting for the violin or the cello instead? It cannot be due to a lack of opportunity: small and reasonably priced violas are readily...

News Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Founding Juilliard Quartet violinist Robert Mann awarded President’s Medal

Now aged 93, Mann served as the quartet’s first violinist for 51 years

Robert Mann, founding violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet, has been awarded the President’s Medal by Juilliard president Joseph Polisi. The quartet’s long-time teaching studio at the...

News Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja receives RPS Music Award for Instrumentalist

The Moldovan artist is described by the jury as an ‘irresistible force of nature’

Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja received this year’s RPS Music Award for Instrumentalist at a ceremony held at London’s Dorchester Hotel last night. She was described by the jury as an...

News Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Seville music conservatory threatened with closure for noise offences

The Manuel Castillo Conservatory has been fined and ordered to reduce noise levels immediately

A council in the Spanish city of Seville has issued a fine against a music school and threatened closure for ‘very serious’ noise offences, it has been reported. The...

News Tuesday, 13 May 2014

US bow maker William Salchow dies aged 88

The New York-based craftsman had a 50-year career and was a formative influence on the next generation of makers

William Salchow, one of America’s most renowned bow makers, has died at the age of 88. A master bow maker since the early 1960s, he was instrumental in the growth of the craft in the US through...

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