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Debate Monday, 31 March 2014

The skills we learn as musicians can counteract today's short attention spans

Are apps, tweets and status updates killing our minds? Ariane Todes argues that string players are uniquely placed to rise above the dangers of modern technology

Is the internet and mobile technology changing the way we think? It’s a big question these days, one discussed in panicked tones in the various media forms whose existence is threatened by the...

Focus Friday, 28 March 2014

Will orchestras be paperless in the future?

Could a symphony orchestra ditch its entire sheet music library in favour of digital scores and tablet computers? The Brussels Philharmonic is setting out to do just that, as David Kettle reports

The Brussels Philharmonic is on a mission: to become the world’s first paperless orchestra. On 7 November 2012 it gave its first concert playing, not from traditional sheet music, but from tablet...

News Thursday, 27 March 2014

Violinist Hilary Hahn to receive €25,000 Dresden Music Festival Prize

The US violinist Hilary Hahn has been awarded the Dresden Music Festival Prize for 2014. Worth €25,000, the award will be presented at a concert at the Dresden Semperoper on 4 June.In its citation...

Focus Thursday, 27 March 2014

Russian cellist Karine Georgian remembers Mstislav Rostropovich

An intense seven-year period of study at the Moscow Conservatoire was hugely influential

After my father, my main influence was Mstislav Rostropovich, with whom I studied for seven years. When I first came to play to him I brought Prokofiev’s Symphony–Concerto...

Focus Wednesday, 26 March 2014

How a broken thumb solved a more serious health issue, by cellist Colin Carr

The international cello soloist and chamber musician describes how a cycling accident forced him to rethink the way he played

When did you first experience discomfort when playing the cello?

The problem started in my teenage years: I felt pain spreading from my right thumb, up my arm, and into the shoulder...

News Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Rare 1719 Stradivarius viola to go on sale

The 1719 ‘Macdonald’ Stradivarius viola is to go on the market. One of only ten surviving violas made by the master luthier, the instrument will be offered for sale in a sealed bid process...

News Tuesday, 25 March 2014

The Strad April 2014 issue is on sale now

Tributes to János Starker, 40 years of the Arditti Quartet and a beautifully decorated bow are among this month's features

The legendary cellist and teacher János Starker died last April at the age of 88. Friends and former students, including Gary Hoffman, Emilio Colón, Alice Schoenfeld...

Blogs Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Astrig Siranossian, 25, on obtaining her Francesco Ruggieri cello

The French cellist features as a 'Fresh Face' in The Strad's April 2014 issue

A few years ago in Basel, when I'd just finished giving a recital, a couple came backstage to meet me. They told me they wanted to help me buy a new instrument and bow. At that time I already had a ...

Debate Monday, 24 March 2014

Why can’t players get vibrato right?

Vibrating need not compromise purity of tone if it’s done tastefully, says Tully Potter, who takes to task those who overplay, misplay or completely disown it

We live in an age of too many certainties, and string playing has not escaped the attentions of the fundamentalists. If I had a pound for every word of nonsense that has been vented on the subject of...

News Friday, 21 March 2014

Minnesota Orchestra president to step down in August

The Minnesota Orchestra has announced that Michael Henson, president and chief executive since 2007, is to step down from both roles in August. A statement from the orchestra’s board said that...

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