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Blogs Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Playing chamber music in adverse conditions can be a useful rehearsal tool

The Strad's assistant editor Pauline Harding performed with her quartet as part of 'Musicircus' at the Aldeburgh Festival ― and fought to be heard in a cacophony of whistling winds, brass bands and bongos

If I were to choose an ideal location for playing string quartets, it would probably be a quiet and spacious room with bright lighting and a good acoustic. There certainly wouldn’t be any loud...

News Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Ingles & Hayday to auction Vuillaume ‘Messiah’ violin copy

The instrument is expected to fetch up to £150,000

An 1863 ‘Messiah’ Stradivarius copy made by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume of Paris is to be auctioned as part of Ingles & Hayday’s sale at Sotheby’s in London on 28 October 2014...

News Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Video: a violin thief caught on camera

Watch surveillance footage of the moment a man steals a violin from the University of Utah

Surveillance video footage has been released of the moment a thief stole a violin from the University of Utah’s School of Music last week. The instrument, belonging to University alumnus John ...

Focus Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Survival tips for touring musicians

International tours bring a wealth of opportunities for discovering new cultures and audiences – along with less pleasant experiences such as jet lag and homesickness. Sarah Mnatzaganian asks string players for their travel tips

Travel has always been an inescapable dimension of musical life, from the wanderings of medieval minstrels to the jet-setting of today’s soloists. When your manager mentions your next tour, does...

News Monday, 23 June 2014

The Strad July 2014 issue is out now

The issue includes an interview with Latvian violinist Baiba Skride and an article on how musicians go about commissioning an instrument's sound from luthiers

The July issue of The Strad is on sale now, in which we interview Latvian violinist Baiba Skride about recording the Szymanowski concertos.

The issue also includes: commissioning...

Blogs Monday, 23 June 2014

9 ways for musicians to think like top athletes

Carole Talbot-Honeck earned her Masters degree from The University of Ottawa studying the psychological prerequisites for optimal musical performance. Here, she outlines a number of sporting attitudes, which are of equal value to musicians

1. Love of your professionMy thesis advisor called it simply ‘joy’. Musicians have to remember that love of music is what got them started in the first place and they sometimes...

News Monday, 23 June 2014

Violist Gareth Zehngut joins the Minnesota Orchestra

The musician was awarded a position with the orchestra in 2012, but was prevented from signing his contract by the long-running labour dispute

Violist Gareth Zehngut completed his long-awaited first day with the Minnesota Orchestra last week. In 2012, the artist was awarded a position with the ensemble and was set to join them in the 2013-...

News Monday, 23 June 2014

Double bassist Leon Bosch announces retirement from Academy of St Martin in the Fields

The South African artist will devote more time to personal projects including his new chamber ensemble

Leon Bosch has announced his retirement as principal double bassist of London's Academy of St Martin in the Fields. The South African has taken the decision to stand down from his 30-year orchestral...

Focus Friday, 20 June 2014

10 useful business skills for musicians

You need flexibility and business acumen as well as talent to stand out from the crowd in today’s rapidly changing music world, argues double bassist-turned-agent Corrado Canonici

There are few who would claim that it’s easy to make a living in classical music. More and more well-qualified musicians enter the business every day, at the same time that orchestras, promoters...

News Friday, 20 June 2014

Kreutzer Stradivarius violin fails to sell at auction

The instrument has been valued at between $7.5m and $10m

The ‘Kreutzer’ Stradivarius, due to be auctioned by Christie’s in a sealed bidding process on 18 June, has failed to find a buyer. The c1731 instrument –...

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