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Focus Tuesday, 13 May 2014

11 stretching exercises for musicians

Do you feel tired and stiff after performing? Pilates instructor John Black explains how some simple stretching exercises can make all the difference

Musicians have the general problem of having to stay in one – often far from natural – position for long periods. Also, there is a lot of rotation involved, with extraordinary demands made...

News Monday, 12 May 2014

Takács Quartet receives Wigmore Hall Medal

The London venue launched the award for international artists in 2007

The Takács Quartet was awarded the Wigmore Hall Medal on Saturday 10 May. Launched in 2007, the award is presented by the London concert hall to an international artist with a strong association...

Focus Monday, 12 May 2014

Leadership and diplomacy: how to be a good orchestral concertmaster

Former concertmaster John Georgiadis tells Julian Haylock his memories of the London Symphony Orchestra

What special qualities make a good concertmaster?To be aware of everything around you: first the violin section, then the string section and then the rest of the orchestra. Also to ...

News Monday, 12 May 2014

Russian cellist Dmitry Volkov dies aged 26

The cellist’s Russian Trio was named winner of the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition last month

Dmitry Volkov, cellist of the prize-winning Russian Trio, has died suddenly at the age of 26. The cause of death is currently unexplained.

Volkov’s Baltimore-based piano trio was named ...

Focus Friday, 09 May 2014

What does the future hold for English fiddling?

Jon Boden explains the difficulties of finding an authentic playing style for traditional English tunes

If you are a violinist living in Scotland, Ireland or Sweden – in fact in most Western countries and a fair few Eastern ones – you’re probably aware of the role that the violin plays...

News Friday, 09 May 2014

Philanthropist donates AUS$510,000 to Australian String Quartet’s Guadagnini cello

The instrument is one of a quartet of Guadagninis on loan to the ensemble

An arts benefactor in Adelaide, South Australia, has gifted AUS$510,000 (£283,000) towards the purchase of a 1743 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini cello, currently on loan to the Australian String...

Focus Friday, 09 May 2014

Quick exercises to improve string playing technique

Teacher Talk: your string teaching questions answered by our panel of experts

What is the most powerful exercise you ever use that brings the quickest, biggest change, in any area of technique? JAKE STRAUSS, NEW YORK, US

BRUNO GIURANNA I inform...

News Friday, 09 May 2014

Violinist Nikolaj Znaider accused of tax evasion by Danish authorities

It has been alleged the violinist overstayed the country’s taxation threshold between 2006 and 2007

Nikolaj Znaider has been accused of tax evasion by authorities in Denmark, it has been reported by Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. The violinist, who travels the world every year giving concerts in...

Blogs Thursday, 08 May 2014

Writing a violin concerto in the 21st century

Composer Nimrod Borenstein, who has written a new violin concerto for Dmitry Sitkovestky, writes about historical precedent, expectation and the challenge of beauty

A couple of years ago, in a moment of inspiration, I decided that I would spend the next decade or so writing concertos for all sort of instruments. As a violinist myself it is not surprising that I...

News Thursday, 08 May 2014

Study finds musical training increases blood flow to language centres of the brain

Just 30 minutes of musical training can significantly change brain patterns

Researchers from the University of Liverpool in the UK have found that musical training can increase blood flow to the left side of the brain – the area responsible for language.

A team...

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