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Focus Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Ask the Experts: playing violin in the second position

Strad readers submit their problems and queries about string playing, teaching or making to a panel of experts

In the fifth of the series, five string pedagogues from a range of teaching backgrounds discuss a violinist's concerns about playing in the second position.Do you have a burning...

News Monday, 28 April 2014

Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber announces forced retirement from playing

The British musician is suffering from a herniated disc in his neck

British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has today announced that he has been forced to stop playing ‘due to a herniated disc in his neck which has reduced the power in his right arm’. His final...

News Friday, 25 April 2014

Osmo Vänskä to return as Minnesota Orchestra music director

The conductor will lead a minimum of ten weeks during the next two seasons

Osmo Vänskä is to return to his post as music director of the Minnesota Orchestra, it has been announced. The conductor, who had served in the role since 2003, resigned in October ...

News Thursday, 24 April 2014

Violinist Janine Jansen to appear in Last Night of the Proms 2014

This year’s festival will also feature performances from Joshua Bell, James Ehnes, Julia Fischer and Alisa Weilerstein

A number of leading names from the string world will appear at this year’s BBC Proms in London's Royal Albert Hall, including violinist Janine Jansen, who will perform Chausson’s Poè...

News Thursday, 24 April 2014

Rhode Island Philharmonic concertmaster Charles Sherba dies aged 62

The US violinist also taught at Brown University since 1986

US violinist and pedagogue Charles Sherba died on 19 April after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 62. Sherba served for 27 seasons as concertmaster of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and had been...

Focus Thursday, 24 April 2014

Double bass beginners should play in all left-hand positions

Bassist Tom Martin, who is interviewed for the May issue's Ask the Teacher, tells Pauline Harding why double bass beginners shouldn't restrict themselves to playing in the lower positions

Many students have had poor training before they come to college: perhaps they learnt with someone who doesn’t play the bass, or they taught themselves. I spent years teaching myself, and a lot...

News Thursday, 24 April 2014

Guarneri violin copy to be auctioned for charity Luthiers Sans Frontières

The sale, through Ingles and Hayday, is expected to make £3,000-£5,000

Luthiers Sans Frontières, a charity which provides training in the repair and maintenance of stringed instruments in countries where resources are scarce, has been gifted a Guarneri violin copy...

Focus Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Where should string players look when performing from memory on stage?

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

Where should violinists look when they are performing from memory on stage? DANIEL ARSHAVSKY, ATLANTA, US

GÉZA SZILVAY Performing from memory on stage...

Blogs Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Violinist Roman Mints on overcoming a career-threatening ganglion

The Russian musician was forced to withstand ten needle treatments to drain the recurring cyst – and was advised to keep playing throughout his ordeal

It’s a musician’s worst nightmare to wake up with a pain in his hand. I had devoted the whole of my conscious life from the age of five to a career as a professional violinist; there is ...

News Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Campaigns to protect government music education launch in Australia and the UK

The UK’s ISM and Australia’s The Music Trust warn that lack of funding will impact children from poorer backgrounds

Campaigns to ensure that school children have access to classroom and instrumental music education have launched both in Australia and the UK.

The Incorporated Society of Musicians has established...

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