Top stories from the string music world

News Thursday, 04 September 2014

Cellist and teacher Rhuna Martin has died at the age of 82

The South-African born artist was a highly influential pedagogue at such London institutions as the Royal College of Music and Guildhall School

Cellist and teacher Rhuna Martin has died at the age of 82. Early in her career, the South African-born artist was co-principal cellist at Sadler’s Wells Opera and a founding member of the Royal...

Focus Wednesday, 03 September 2014

7 ways to play perfect chords

Advice on unforced and resonant chord playing from The Strad’s archives

One of the greatest difficulties experienced by the student consists in making the chords resonant and yet free from impurity of tone. They are apt to sound scratchy. The best way to correct this fault...

News Wednesday, 03 September 2014

Susanna Mälkki named Helsinki Philharmonic’s first female chief conductor

The Finnish conductor and former Gothenburg Symphony cellist takes up the role in 2016

Susanna Mälkki has been appointed the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s first female chief conductor from autumn 2016. She succeeds present chief conductor John Storgårds on an initial...

News Tuesday, 02 September 2014

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra violist dies while trying to save drowning partner

John Lynch was the orchestra’s associate principal viola from 2000

John Lynch, associate principal viola with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin, has drowned off the coast of Crete. The musician was trying to save his partner, civil servant Kevin ...

Focus Tuesday, 02 September 2014

From the Archive: Why do so many musicians have long hair?

Whether as a mark of distinction or genius, the trend is embodied by Eugène Ysaÿe, according to The Strad's June 1897 issue

London Truth discussing the question of hirsute eccentricities to which the majority of musicians are given, wonders why things are as they are. 'Is long hair an unfailing mark of genius?' ...

Focus Monday, 01 September 2014

Scales and exercises are essential for all string players, says Heinrich Schiff

Not all players regard exercises as important, but without a sound technical basis you cannot achieve your expressive potential, writes the cellist

Some 25 years of teaching have taught me that we players must always define what each of our motions at the cello represents - this is essential in order for us to be efficient artists capable of technical...

News Monday, 01 September 2014

Alfonso Marconi’s ‘Stradivarius’ violin to be auctioned

The instrument once belonged to the older brother of famous Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi

A violin attributed to Antonio Stradivari, which once belonged to Alfonso Marconi – older brother of famous inventor Guglielmo Marconi – is to go on sale on 28 October. Offered by Ingles...

News Friday, 29 August 2014

Violinist Grace Clifford, 16, wins AU$25,000 first prize at Australia's ABC Young Performers Award competition

Sydney violinist Grace Clifford has won the 2014 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Award. The 16-year-old (pictured), who performed Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony...

News Friday, 29 August 2014

Minnesota Orchestra receives $10m gift from anonymous donor

The donation has inspired three further contributions totalling $3.2m

The Minnesota Orchestra is continuing to put the labour dispute of 2013 behind it with the announcement of a $10m leadership gift by an anonymous donor. The contribution was offered...

Blogs Friday, 29 August 2014

Recording your performance can be more of a hindrance than a help

Israeli cellist and teacher Hillel Zori on the importance of listening in the present

I don’t encourage students to record themselves: the musicians of the late 19th and early 20th centuries never did, and they were still great players. I’m always afraid that recording oneself...

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