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News Wednesday, 02 July 2014

French postal service reports cello bow lost and then has the item auctioned

The €2,800 bow had been made for a member of the Paris Opera

A bow sent via French postal service, La Poste, was reported lost by the company only to be auctioned at a later date, according to its maker.

Claudia Carmona, based in Angers, France had been...

News Tuesday, 01 July 2014

Violinist and stringed instrument expert Staffan Borseman has died aged 60

A respected former concertmaster, the artist was founder of Stradivari Invest and creator of the Leopold bow

Violinist and stringed instrument dealer Staffan Borseman has died at the age of 60. Born in Västerås, Sweden on 20 October, 1953 the artist forged an international career as a soloist, chamber...

Focus Tuesday, 01 July 2014

6 pieces of advice for music teachers by cellist Anna Shuttleworth

The former Royal College of Music and Leeds University pedagogue explains why it's important to encourage students to relax

Structure your lessons carefullyI always plan ahead and know what I’m going to do. Whatever the level of the student I start with a scale, then move on to a study or at least ...

News Monday, 30 June 2014

Chicago Chamber Musicians disband due to financial difficulties

The society of 13 musicians was founded in 1986

The Chicago Chamber Musicians (CMM) have announced that they will discontinue all artistic activities from 31 August this year due to financial difficulties. The society of 13 professional artists, ...

Focus Monday, 30 June 2014

7 views on dynamics

Advice on how to produce effective dynamic contrasts from 120 years of The Strad

Bow speed when considered alone seems to have a linear relationship to dynamics: faster = louder; slower= softer. But dynamic changes often imply colour changed and therefore unexpected solutions can...

Debate Friday, 27 June 2014

Too few conductors understand their double bass section

Double bass soloist Gary Karr on the need for conductors' attitudes to change towards his instrument

During my 40 years of soloing with orchestras around the world, I have never ceased to be amazed by the lack of knowledge and respect demonstrated by some conductors towards the double...

News Friday, 27 June 2014

American violinist Janet Packer has died aged 64

The contemporary music advocate was president of the Pro Violino Foundation

American violinist Janet Packer has died at the age of 64. The contemporary music advocate had in recent years premiered works by composers including Gardner Read and Krzysztof Meyer. She was also president...

News Friday, 27 June 2014

Violinist Carolin Widmann wins Schneider-Schott Music Prize

The artist has been recognised for her commitment to the work of living composers

Violinist Carolin Widmann has been named the winner of this year’s Schnieder-Schott Music Prize. The €15,000 award will be presented on 11 November 2014 in a concert with the State Orchestra...

Focus Thursday, 26 June 2014

Ask the Experts: How to make the best use of limited practice time

Strad readers submit their problems and queries about string playing, teaching or making to a panel of experts

In the seventh of the series, four specialists in practice techniques advise a busy amateur musician how to make the most of his limited rehearsal time.

Do you have a...

News Thursday, 26 June 2014

Rare ‘Macdonald’ Stradivarius viola fails to attract a buyer

Auctioneers Sotheby’s and Ingles & Hayday invited bids in excess of $45m

The rare 1719 ‘Macdonald’ Stradivarius viola failed to attract a buyer when its sealed-bid sale came to an end yesterday, despite ‘plenty of interest,’ according to Tim Ingles...

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