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Focus Friday, 08 August 2014

How to phrase feedback get the best from your student

Are the words teachers use helping or harming their students? Femke Colborne learns from psychologists and string instructors that the way feedback is phrased can dramatically affect a student’s progress

In the past few years, a number of studies have shown that praising a student’s effort helps them progress, whereas repeatedly telling a student how talented they are can make them arrogant and...

News Friday, 08 August 2014

Cellists can be adrenaline 'thrivers' or 'crumplers', finds study

A new study into cellists’ behaviour has identified two different reactions to performing on stage. Researchers at the University of Birmingham found that the musicians could be categorised as...

News Thursday, 07 August 2014

Adrian Brendel appointed Nash Ensemble cellist

UK cellist Adrian Brendel has been appointed as a member of the Nash Ensemble. His first performance with the chamber music group will take place on 18 October at London's Wigmore Hall. The concert ...

Focus Thursday, 07 August 2014

Record instrument prices of the past

The sale of the ‘Lady Blunt’ Stradivarius violin for £9.8m in 2011 broke all auction records, but high prices for instruments are nothing new, writes Benjamin Hebbert

The appraisal of instruments' values started early. Already at the beginning of the 17th century, musical instrument connoisseurs had begun to distinguish between the qualities of new...

Focus Wednesday, 06 August 2014

How to use creativity and logic to help your practice

Shelly Tramposh explains how you can practise more effectively by combining the interpretative flair of an artist with the problem-solving skills of an engineer

About ten years ago, I began to wonder if I could get more out of my practice time. I was very busy with teaching at the time, and I needed to make every second of practice count; I also felt disconnected...

Focus Tuesday, 05 August 2014

Me and my teacher: Levon Chilingirian and Manoug Parikian

When Chilingirian began taking violin lessons with his uncle, he was forced to re-examine every aspect of his playing, writes Joanna Pieters

I spent a year studying with Manoug Parikian after I finished at the Royal College of Music in 1969. I had just won the BBC Beethoven duo competition with Clifford Benson and I wanted to find out more...

Focus Monday, 04 August 2014

5 tips for viola teachers by Juilliard School professor Michael Tree

How can viola teachers help their students develop into good players? The former Guarneri Quartet violist outlines the most important areas to focus on

Playing both the violin and the viola is an advantage for students If you have studied the violin, you should continue playing it when you can. The technical demands of the violin are...

News Monday, 04 August 2014

Youth orchestra concertmaster, 18, loaned c.1685 ‘Sauret’ Stradivarius violin

Roberto Ruisi, the 18-year-old concertmaster of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYOGB), will perform on the c.1685 ‘Sauret’ Stradivarius violin for the orchestra’s final...

News Friday, 01 August 2014

New international jazz violin competition awards first €10,000 prize

Bartosz Dworak has won the €10,000 first prize at the inaugural Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition. The 26-year-old received the award on 19 July at a gala concert in Krakó...

Blogs Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Playing with less emotion can create more beautiful music

Putting in more effort does not necessarily mean greater improvement, writes violin professor and soloist Andrej Bielow

Our way of thinking about interpretation develops over time. One year you will play a piece with your coach in a certain way, and ten years later you might have very different ideas about it –...

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