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Focus Tuesday, 04 March 2014

Your desk or mine? The pleasures and pitfalls of having an orchestral desk-partner

Classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh offers some tips for a harmonious relationship

As an online agony aunt for classical musicians, I’m often asked how to cope with erring desk-partners. Oddly enough, it isn’t players in full-time orchestras who generally write about this...

Focus Tuesday, 04 March 2014

8 views on intonation

Tips and tricks on playing in tune – or giving the impression of playing in tune – from 100 years of The Strad

‘De Beriot, in his violin school, very wisely wrote: “True intonation in double strings requires an exquisite sense of harmony. In order to acquire this precious quality, the pupil must ...

Blogs Tuesday, 04 March 2014

Cellist Jan Vogler on life before the fall of the Berlin Wall

The former principal cellist of Staatskapelle Dresden is interviewed for The Strad's March 2014 German issue

I was 25 when the Wall fell 25 years ago. For the first half of my life I built up my musical resources to be ready for the second part, to travel and perform in the free world. If I had continued to...

News Monday, 03 March 2014

Menuhin Competition 2014 announces winners

Violinists Stephen Waarts and Rennosuke Fukuda triumph in the Senior and Junior Divisions

The winners of the 2014 Menuhin Competition, which took place in Austin, Texas from 21 February to 2 March, have been named as 17-year-old Dutch-American violinist Stephen Waarts in the Senior Division...

Debate Monday, 03 March 2014

A united front against orchestral mergers

More than 20 per cent of Germany’s orchestras have disappeared since 1992. Gerald Mertens examines the reasons why, and asks what can be done to halt the trend

It's hard to understand, even for insiders: in 2016 the South West German Radio (SWR) will merge the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra with the SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra (BBFSO...

Focus Friday, 28 February 2014

Violinist Heime Müller on his search to cure his focal dystonia

In this Health Matters interview from 2009, the German violinist tells how a loss of full finger motion was the first sign of the movement disorder, musician's dystonia

You have had to reduce your playing due to focal dystonia. What were the first signs?

It was in 2003 that I began to notice tiny things. I had a problem with the pattern that...

News Friday, 28 February 2014

The Strad March 2014 issue is on sale now

German special celebrates the Mandelring Quartet’s 30th anniversary and German string education

The March issue of The Strad is on sale now, in which we celebrate the Mandelring Quartet’s 30th anniversary and the thriving specialist system of German string education...

News Thursday, 27 February 2014

Slatkin asks audiences to 'turn their cell phones on’ at Detroit Symphony concert

Ensemble makes a bid to be ‘the most accessible orchestra on the planet’

They’re the bane of musicians and audiences alike, liable to spoil that perfect pianissimo or moment of intense concentration, but on Tuesday night the Detroit Symphony Orchestra&rsquo...

News Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Double bassist wins $50,000 Sphinx prize

Xavier Foley is the first bassist ever to win the Detroit competition for Black and Latino musicians

Xavier Foley (pictured) has become the first double bassist ever to win the Sphinx Competition in Detroit. The 19-year-old, who studies with Hal Robinson and Edgar Meyer at the Curtis Institute, received...

Blogs Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Violinist Gil Shaham on the irresistible lure of 1930s violin concertos

The Turbulent Thirties gave rise to an unprecedented explosion of concertos for the violin from some of the 20th century’s greatest composers. American violinist Gil Shaham shares his thoughts on a choice selection from this most pivotal of decades

It is a striking coincidence that there was such a confluence of violin concertos by great composers between 1931 and 1939. In that single decade we have works by Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Bartó...

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violin left hand position
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Electric violin and bows stolen in London
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