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News Monday, 03 February 2014

Cellist Alexander Ivashkin has died aged 65

The Russian cellist premiered a large number of works throughout his career by such composers as Schnittke and Penderecki

Russian cellist, teacher and writer Alexander Ivashkin died on 31 January at the age of 65. It was at the advice of Mstislav Rostropovich that he pursued an international performing career, becoming...

Focus Friday, 31 January 2014

Bringing true ensemble playing to your string quartet

In the following excerpt from an article on string quartet playing, published in The Strad, April 1908, our writer offers advice on achieving cohesion – and interest – in your group playing

When once a quartet is formed, intuitive playing together ought to be the main idea to which the players should devote their attention. If four good instrumentalists were set down to perform a quartet...

Debate Friday, 31 January 2014

Why we should question our prejudices

The string world has overcome many preconceptions, but there’s still room for improvement, says Ariane Todes

The start of a new decade is a good chance to take stock, to look at our progress as a community. I don’t think I’d shock anyone if I described our world as generally a conservative...

News Thursday, 30 January 2014

Scientists reveal secrets of string quartet synchrony

Researchers from the UK’s Royal Academy of Music (RAM) and University of Birmingham and the University of Münster in Germany say they have discovered a way of analysing how musicians in a...

News Thursday, 30 January 2014

EU pledges €200,000 to Sistema Europe and Canada exchange programme

The project will enable 2,000 young Italian, English and Canadian musicians to perform together

The European Union’s Culture Programme has pledged €200,000 to an exchange scheme between Sistema projects in Europe and Canada. The newly formed SMEEC programme – Sistema-inspired ...

News Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Violinist and Juilliard School dean Stephen Clapp dies

Stephen Clapp, who had a long affiliation with The Juilliard School and was a founding member of the Oberlin Trio, died on 26 January at the age of 74.

Clapp joined Juilliard as a student, studying...

News Wednesday, 29 January 2014

300-year-old ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius violin stolen in armed robbery

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond attacked with a stun gun on the evening of 27 January

A 300-year-old Stradivarius violin has been stolen from Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond in an armed robbery. The 1715 ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius (pictured) – named...

Focus Wednesday, 29 January 2014

When Stradivarius violins go AWOL

In this article from The Strad, February 2011, Peter Somerford looks into the murky world of international Stradivarius violin theft, and the efforts being made towards recovery and prevention

Losing a Stradivarius must rank high among a violin virtuoso’s worst nightmares. As Korean violinist Min-Jin Kym found out recently when her Stradivarius was snatched as she grabbed a sandwich...

Focus Tuesday, 28 January 2014

7 ways to improve your tone

The elusive and deeply personal subject of tone production is pondered in the following quotes taken from the pages of The Strad over the past 100 years

1 A beautiful tone requires feeling

‘The whole musical impression which we create by our tone must have its origin in ourselves, in our soul, and we cannot expect to have...

News Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Violinist Midori and the Minnesota Orchestra receive 2014 Grammy Awards

The 56th annual Grammys were held in Los Angeles on 26 January

Given the media coverage of the 56th annual Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles on Sunday 26 January, one could be forgiven for thinking the ceremony focused purely on pop music ...

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