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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 ...

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 ...

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