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News Monday, 27 January 2014

100 stringed instruments stolen from a property in Bremen, Germany

The collection, worth €150,000, includes violins, violas, cellos and viols by such luthiers as Leopold Widhalm, Emile Laurent and Emile Germain

Around 100 stringed instruments, worth €150,000 collectively, have been stolen from the home of a dealer in Bremen, Germany. The collection features violins, violas, cellos and viols from Italy...

News Monday, 27 January 2014

The Borletti-Buitoni Trust announces 2014 award winners

The Apollon Musagète Quartet from Poland, Israeli violinist Itamar Zorman and American violinist Benjamin Beilman are among the recipients of Borletti-Buitoni Trust (BBT) Awards and Fellowships...

News Monday, 27 January 2014

Nearly a century after her death, Maud Powell finally receives a Grammy

Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr may have stolen the limelight at the 56th Grammy Awards over the weekend when they collected The Beatles’ Lifetime Achievement Award, but another Lifetime Achievement...

Focus Monday, 27 January 2014

Alma Rosé: the violinist who brought music to Auschwitz

She was the niece of Mahler who rose above the terror of Birkenau to bring music to her fellow prisoners. To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, The Strad revisits Richard Newman’s article on the violinist Alma Rosé, who died 70 years ago

Alma Rosé’s last journey began in the inhumanly packed cattle cars of a Nazi ‘Judentransport’, Convoy 57, from Paris’s Bobigny station at 9am on 18 July 1943. For the ...

Focus Saturday, 25 January 2014

My violin heroine Maud Powell, by Rachel Barton Pine

American violinist Rachel Barton Pine will pay tribute to the achievements of her compatriot Maud Powell (1867–1920) at the 56th Grammy Awards this weekend, when the Recording Academy ...

Focus Friday, 24 January 2014

Remembering cellist Jacqueline du Pré

To mark the great British cellist's birthday on January 26, we revisit four tributes by fellow musicians, published a few months after her death from multiple sclerosis in October 1987

Yo-Yo Ma, cellist

Jackie was always the most exciting cellist. It would be hard to think of another that took as many risks as she did. She was like a tight rope performer, and...

Blogs Friday, 24 January 2014

Claudio Abbado — an orchestral violinist's personal tribute

Berlin Philharmonic violinist and member of the board of directors, Stanley Dodds, remembers the great conductor, who died this week

My first concert as a violinist with the Berlin Philharmonic was in September 1993, with Claudio Abbado conducting. I had felt spellbound watching him previously in concert but at the same time baffled...

News Thursday, 23 January 2014

Ysaÿe Quartet says adieu after 30 years

The quartet performs a special farewell concert in Paris on Friday night

The Ysaÿe Quartet brings its 30-year career to a close this Friday night with a special concert in Paris. The performance, which is part of the Cité de la Musique's String Quartet Biennial...

News Thursday, 23 January 2014

Italian cellist Miriam Prandi wins Rahn Musikpreis in Switzerland

No first prizes are awarded in the violin, viola and double bass categories

Italian cellist Miriam Prandi (pictured) has won first prize in her category, worth £8,000 (12,000 CHF), at the 2014 Rahn Musikpreis in Switzerland. A total of eight prizes...

Debate Thursday, 23 January 2014

Why we should take Chinese players seriously

Using the lazy assumption that string players from China have ‘great technique but no musicality’ ignores the talent that they bring to Western music, says Nancy Pellegrini

It has been three decades since Isaac Stern took a film crew to China and made the Academy Award-winning documentary From Mao to Mozart. Stern spoke to teachers, gave masterclasses and held...

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