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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...

Blogs Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Does winning a violin competition at an early age place too much pressure on the artist?

An interview with violinist Nicola Benedetti this week highlights the potential risks of too much success for the very young, writes Charlotte Smith

Competitions: worthwhile platforms for launching brilliant new artists or arbitrary hothouses which routinely produce skewed results? The merits and disadvantages have been debated often enough, but...

Focus Monday, 13 January 2014

Celebrating the great violinist Nathan Milstein

In honour of Nathan Milstein’s 110th birthday today, The Strad revisits a ‘Great Violinists’ article by Julian Haylock, published in the September 2009 issue

Celebrated for his technical ease, aristocratic poise, mellifluous bowing and tonal perfection, Nathan Milstein sustained a professional career at the highest level into his early 80s.


News Monday, 13 January 2014

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra violinist awarded RPS/ABO Salomon Prize

Catherine Arlidge is the first violinist to receive the award recognising UK orchestral musicians

A musician from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has become the first violinist to be awarded the RPS/ABO Salomon Prize, which recognises the outstanding contributions of UK orchestral players...

serene violin solo pre-1917
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violin left hand position
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Electric violin and bows stolen in London
My friend John Garner's asking for help regarding his electric violin. Please...
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