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News Thursday, 10 July 2014

University of Michigan appoints violinist Danielle Belen to its string faculty

The musician is a seasoned pedagogue and member of the Colburn School violin faculty

Danielle Belen has joined the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance as associate professor of violin.

A graduate of USC Thornton School of Music and Colburn Conservatory...

Focus Wednesday, 09 July 2014

When should a child start learning a stringed instrument?

The age that a child should start learning a stringed instrument can be a tricky question for parents, and a tough decision for teachers. Tim Homfray asks teaching experts for their advice

It is a common belief that all great musicians began their glittering careers when they were scarcely out of nappies. Child prodigies have always been popular, the biographies of performers...

News Wednesday, 09 July 2014

1710 ‘Ivashkin’ Guarneri cello loaned to Canadian Korean artist Soo Bae

The instrument was previously on permanent loan to the late Russian cellist Alexander Ivashkin

Following the death of Alexander Ivashkin (pictured) in January, Christopher Marshall, director of Old and New Strings Ltd New Zealand, has loaned the 1710 Guarneri 'filius andreae'...

Focus Tuesday, 08 July 2014

8 ways to improve shifting for string players

Advice on how to shift smoothly and cleanly from 120 years of The Strad

I have always maintained that the acquirement of a good or a bad shift is largely a matter of mental outlook rather than one of mechanics; a psychological exercise rather than a technical one. I am ...

News Tuesday, 08 July 2014

Violinist and sex abuse victim Frances Andrade was in ‘incredible despair’, inquest hears

The 48-year-old musician took her own life after giving evidence against former Chetham’s School of Music teacher Michael Brewer

Violinist Frances Andrade, who gave evidence of sexual abuse at the trial of former chorus master Michael Brewer, ‘fell into incredible despair,’ her husband has told an inquest into her...

Blogs Monday, 07 July 2014

Bring back violin recitals of the Golden Era, says Aaron Rosand

Recital programmes should be like a well-balanced meal, and always incorporate tasteful virtuoso pieces, argues the American maestro

Recital programmes have changed dramatically over the past 50 years. In the Golden Era when the illustrious greats of the violin world were in their heyday, recital aficionados thronged to hear the ...

News Monday, 07 July 2014

Violinist Ziyu He wins 2014 Eurovision Young Musicians competition

The 15-year-old performed Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto in the final

Violinist Ziyu He was named the winner of the 2014 Eurovision Young Musicians competition in Cologne, Germany last month for his interpretation of Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto. The Chinese...

News Friday, 04 July 2014

Study finds childhood musical training enhances cognitive brain function

Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital say a minimum of two years of private lessons boosts ‘executive functioning’

A new study by researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital has found that youngsters who receive private music lessons demonstrate higher levels of brain activity into adulthood. The report, published...

News Thursday, 03 July 2014

Singapore launches $50,000 triennial International Violin Competition

Applications are now open for the event, designed to discover major new talent

The National Arts Council and National University of Singapore are launching a new Singapore International Violin Competition to discover major global talent. The event, scheduled to take place between...

Focus Thursday, 03 July 2014

There is no such thing as a piano 'accompanist'

String players and pianists are uniting to end the perception of piano accompanists as lesser musicians. Elana Estrin delves into the emerging field of collaborative piano

There has long been a stereotype in the performance community that accompanists are inferior musicians. Not good enough for solo careers, they are hired to perform a service: to obey their musical partner&rsquo...

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