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News Thursday, 18 September 2014

Fears expressed for future of BBC Scottish Symphony should independence triumph

Leading classical music names warn of possible cultural ‘disaster’ in an independent Scotland

Today Scotland goes to the polls in an historic vote on whether to part ways with the United Kingdom. In the past week, however, leading figures in the Scottish classical music world have warned of ...

Focus Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Personality is no longer encouraged in musical performance

Not too long ago mass audiences and critics alike revered overtly personal performances, yet today superimposing one's personality over that of the composer is regarded as poor musicianship, writes Henry Roth

To what degree should personality play a role in string performance? Personality, in the broad sense, includes the idiosyncrasies or peculiarities of the individual as they pertain to his performance...

News Wednesday, 17 September 2014

International Violin Competition of Indianapolis announces all-female final

Five Korean artists and one American will perform two concertos each over the coming days

The six finalists of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis 2014 have been announced. The all-female final is due to take place from today and to conclude on Saturday 20 September, featuring...

News Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Violinist Hilary Hahn cancels further performances

The artist’s recovery from an inflamed muscle has taken longer than expected

Hilary Hahn has cancelled her forthcoming performances of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s season-opening concerts, conducted by music director Marin Alsop...

News Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma receives Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Prize

The artist was honoured for his longstanding contribution to the venue

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma was last week honoured with the Concertgebouw Prize for his longstanding contribution to the Dutch institution.

‘Since the beginning of his rich musical career, Yo-Yo Ma...

News Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Moscow violin making competition announces winners

The ‘Violin: Soul and Shape’ event took place this month, recognising makers in several categories

The winners of the International Violin Makers Competition, ‘Violin: Soul and Shape’, have been announced. Taking place in Moscow, between September 10 and 14, the event honoured makers ...

Focus Monday, 15 September 2014

How to play with a flexible bowing arm by cellist Gary Hoffman

The American musician explains how he developed a supple and varied bow arm motion, guided by his ear and musical instinct

János Starker, with whom I studied, introduced me to his concept of the bow-arm action, which he refers to as the ‘basic legato rule’. Starting with a down bow at the frog, you draw...

News Monday, 15 September 2014

Electric guitar overtakes violin on list of students’ most popular musical instruments

A comprehensive study undertaken by the UK’s ABRSM finds shifting trends from traditional to pop instruments

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music has today published its Making Music survey of learning, progression and teaching of musical instruments, billed as ‘the most comprehensive&rsquo...

News Monday, 15 September 2014

István Várdai wins Germany’s ARD International Music Competition top cello prize

The 28-year-old Hungarian has been a prolific prize winner in recent years

The winners of this year’s ARD International Music Competition in Munich have been announced, with the top cello prize going to 28-year-old Hungarian István Várdai (pictured). The...

Focus Friday, 12 September 2014

11 views on teaching by Juilliard School violin professor Dorothy DeLay

During the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hannover in 1995, jury member Dorothy DeLay led a 90-minute discussion on teaching at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater. Evelyn Chadwick recorded some of her views.

Dorothy DeLay joined the Juilliard School in 1948 and taught violinists including Itzhak Perlman, Cho-Liang Lin, Shlomo Mintz, Nigel Kennedy, Sarah Chang, Midori and Gil Shaham. Up until her death in...

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