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News Monday, 10 March 2014

Pacem in Terris competition awards cellist Valentino Worlitzsch €10,000 first prize

The event for young violinists and cellists takes place for the first time in seven years in Bayreuth

German cellist Valentino Worlitzsch (pictured), aged 24, has been awarded first prize, worth €10,000, at the 2014 Pacem in Terris International Music Competition in Bayreuth...

Focus Monday, 10 March 2014

Is the golden age of violin making just an illusion?

Robert Lewin, The Strad’s long-serving writer on the violin market, considers the ‘old versus modern’ question in this article from 1964

I recently gave a small dinner-party to some chamber music friends, and the viola player, after doing ample justice to the expensive viands put before him, perpetuated some unkindly denigrating reflections...

Focus Friday, 07 March 2014

Who were the early female violinists?

Women soloists have long struggled against prejudice and indifference in the male-dominated musical establishment. But, as Tully Potter explains, The Strad has taken an enlightened approach to the sexes throughout its history

From the start, The Strad treated men and women equally; its pages chronicled the steady rise of female soloists and they were often treated to feature articles or picture profiles. In the first issue...

News Friday, 07 March 2014

Hungarian violinist and teacher Dénes Zsigmondy has died aged 91

Isabelle Faust pays tribute to her former teacher, who inspired her 2013 Bartók Violin Concertos recording on Harmonia Mundi

Hungarian violinist and pedagogue Dénes Zsigmondy has died aged 91. An acclaimed soloist who performed with some of the leading European orchestras, in later years he became a respected teacher...

Focus Thursday, 06 March 2014

6 ways to avoid an angry soloist

Growing numbers of musicians are speaking out against bad audience behaviour, finds Charlotte Smith

The subject of audience etiquette has long been a cause of controversy. Are performers too precious and remote if they fail to see the funny side of the man snoring in the front row? Does the expectation...

News Thursday, 06 March 2014

Research discovers links between wealth and musical skill

An online study involving 147,000 people finds correlations between affluence and musical sophistication and ability

Research by Goldsmith’s University in London suggests that wealthier people are more musical. The results, published in science journal PLOS ONE, follow what the institution...

Focus Wednesday, 05 March 2014

From the archive: who was the first female violinist?

The Strad marks International Women's Day 2014 with this gem from the archives, in which our writer of 1894 ponders the name of the first violinist 'of the fair sex'

Who was the first female violinist? This is no conundrum; nor do we offer a prize for the first correct answer to the question. All the same, it would be interesting to know the name of the first of...

News Wednesday, 05 March 2014

Ariane Todes to leave The Strad

Ariane Todes, editor of The Strad, is to leave the magazine following a restructuring of the team to support the online and magazine sides of the brand. Todes joined the magazine in 2002 and became ...

News Wednesday, 05 March 2014

Studies reveal musical training in childhood aids language learning ability

Just one hour a week of musical interaction greatly increases linguistic aptitude, even into adulthood

Children who study music from a young age demonstrate a greater aptitude for learning languages, even into adulthood, claims Liisa Henriksson-Macaulay, author of The Music Miracle: The Scientific...

Focus Wednesday, 05 March 2014

Ask the Experts: helping double-jointed students

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

In the third of the series, five teachers and health specialists respond to a reader's query on how best to teach a double jointed student.Do you have a burning question about...

serene violin solo pre-1917
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violin left hand position
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Electric violin and bows stolen in London
My friend John Garner's asking for help regarding his electric violin. Please...
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