Top stories from the string music world

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...

News Friday, 12 September 2014

Julie Albers named Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra principal cellist

The American musician officially takes up her role in the 2015-16 season

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has named Julie Albers as its new principal cellist. The American artist officially begins her tenure with the Minnesota ensemble in the 2015-16 season, but will be ...

News Friday, 12 September 2014

Miklós Perényi appointed Royal Northern College of Music International Chair in Cello

The cellist joins the UK institution this year

The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester has named Miklós Perényi as its new International Chair in Cello from the current term.

Born in Hungary in 1948, the international...

Blogs Thursday, 11 September 2014

Performing from memory has given our string quartet new life

After twelve years together, playing and recording from memory were key to an exciting rebirth for the Chiara Quartet, writes cellist Gregory Beaver

Recently, the Chiara String Quartet has begun to perform most of our works by heart. In many ways, this has been the best thing we’ve ever done. When we first decided to give this idea a go, we...

News Thursday, 11 September 2014

Zehetmair Quartet awarded Paul Hindemith Prize, worth €10,000

The biennial award is given by the City of Hanau in recognition of the famous composer

The Zehetmair Quartet has been awarded this year’s Paul Hindemith Prize of the City of Hanau, worth €10,000. The ensemble – comprising violinists Thomas Zehetmair (pictured) and...

News Thursday, 11 September 2014

Violinist Esther Yoo and cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan join 2014 BBC New Generation Artists scheme

This year’s crop also includes the Armida Quartet

BBC Radio 3 has named the six musicians and ensembles joining its 2014 New Generation Artists Scheme, recognised as potential ‘classical music stars of the future’. Founded in 1999, the ...

Blogs Wednesday, 10 September 2014

7 ways to build a 21st-century music career by Time for Three

Violinists Zach De Pue and Nick Kendall, and double bassist Ranaan Meyer talk about their path to success

Experiment with different styles and genresZach: We believe it’s important for young classical musicians today not only to have an awareness of other genres, but also to experience...

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