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Blogs Monday, 20 January 2014

Violinist Augustin Hadelich on performing a concerto with the LA Phil at three days’ notice

The soloist describes his recent experience filling in for Christian Tetzlaff at LA’s Walt Disney Concert Hall

Last week I was in Dallas packing my bag after a recital when the phone rang: the Los Angeles Philharmonic needed a violinist to fill a cancellation by Christian Tetzlaff; Edo de Waart was to be the...

News Monday, 20 January 2014

Study suggests orchestral first violins experience highest stress levels

Mood also plays a role in reducing anxiety levels during performance

A Viennese university study has found that orchestral musicians’ stress responses are governed not only by the anxiety of public performance, but also by mood – and that, as a whole, first...

News Friday, 17 January 2014

Verbier Festival Academy launches outreach programme

Reaching Out will help Academy graduates to work actively in their communities

The Verbier Festival Academy, part of the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, will launch a new outreach teaching programme this summer aimed at equipping Academy graduates with the tools to take their...

Debate Friday, 17 January 2014

Get rid of histrionics in quartet playing

Over-the-top emoting by individual players ruins the whole point of chamber music, says David Kettle

I recently went to six concerts at London’s Southbank Centre where ten different string quartets – some well established, others just starting out – gave performances of Peter Maxwell...

Blogs Thursday, 16 January 2014

Aaron Rosand on how to produce a good vibrato

In the second of a series of articles on violin technique, the American violinist examines the role of vibrato in enhancing the sound

Wrist Vibrato and Arm Vibrato are the terms used to describe the manner of vibrating. But this terminology is inconsistent with what actually makes the vibrato. The...

Focus Thursday, 16 January 2014

Ten things you need to know about vibrato

The following quotes, taken from the pages of The Strad over the past 100 years, offer a fascinating glimpse of the changing attitudes and approaches towards this most subjective and controversial area of a string player's technique

1 Vibrato has always been used

‘Vibrato is such a natural thing to do, it is hard to imagine it not being used at any time or in any culture...

Blogs Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Jascha Heifetz and Nathan Milstein – two titanic violinists who still divide opinion today

Tully Potter compares the recorded legacy of the two renowned performers

Heifetz or Milstein? Well, now that we can hear them only on recordings or films, we do not really have to choose! We can enjoy each man’s playing for its unique qualities.

My own opinions...

News Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Menuhin Competition returns to London in honour of the violinist

The 2016 contest will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the great prodigy

The Menuhin Competition will return to London for 2016, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of its famous founder. At the launch yesterday, the city’s mayor, Boris Johnson, spoke...

News Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Minnesota Orchestra ends 15-month musician lockout with a new three-year contract

Orchestral musicians will return to work on 1 February 2014 at a reduced rate of pay

The Minnesota Orchestra board of directors and musicians ratified a new collective bargaining agreement yesterday following a 15-month lockout which cost the orchestra not only its entire 2012-13...

Focus Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Jascha Heifetz – unique and influential violin virtuoso

Julian Haylock considers the dazzling technique, supreme concentration and absolute clarity of interpretation that made Jascha Heifetz a unique performer

Heifetz redefined the art of violin playing. Blessed with a sensational technique and a sound of molten intensity, he left even the most gifted of his colleagues cowering in his wake. He remains the...

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