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Blogs Thursday, 01 May 2014

How to be successful in an orchestral audition

London Symphony Orchestra first violinist Maxine Kwok-Adams offers tips for string candidates to coincide with The Strad’s May 2014 feature on preparing for orchestral auditions

What is a panel looking for primarily from the orchestral excerpts?

The main things I am looking for when I sit on an audition panel are quite simple – good rhythm...

Focus Thursday, 01 May 2014

From the Archive: advice for second violinists

Intelligent, modest, self-controlled, sympathetic: a description of all good second violinists from The Strad's May 1914 issue

It stands to reason that not everybody can play first fiddle — not only in the orchestra but in the ordinary affairs of life — but it is a conspicuous fact there are always many more candidates...

Debate Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Historically informed performance on modern instruments is misguided

Historically informed performance is all well and good, argues Julian Haylock, but continuing to play on modern instruments just results in the worst of both worlds

We take historical performance practice so much for granted these days that it is easy to forget just how fundamental the changes were as the movement began gathering pace during the 1960s and 70s. ...

News Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Stephen Miahky named first violinist of the Blair String Quartet

The musician and pedagogue is also named Blair School of Music Joachim Professor of Violin

The Blair School of Music, part of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, has appointed Stephen Miahky as its Joseph Joachim Professor of Violin. The position includes the role of first violin...

News Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Colorado Symphony launches cannabis-friendly concert series

‘Classically Cannabis’ is sponsored by pro-marijuana promoter Edible Events

In what must be a first for a symphony orchestra, the Colorado Symphony has announced a series of performances in association with the cannabis industry. Mischievously titled ‘Classically Cannabis:...

News Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Philharmonia Orchestra launches iOrchestra to encourage instrumental tuition

The project targets the South West of the UK, where in some areas over a third of children do not learn an instrument

London’s Philharmonia Orchestra has responded to the results of a YouGov survey with the launch of its new iOrchestra project this month. Although the survey found that, on the whole, today&rsquo...

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...

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