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News Tuesday, 08 July 2014

Violinist and sex abuse victim Frances Andrade was in ‘incredible despair’, inquest hears

The 48-year-old musician took her own life after giving evidence against former Chetham’s School of Music teacher Michael Brewer

Violinist Frances Andrade, who gave evidence of sexual abuse at the trial of former chorus master Michael Brewer, ‘fell into incredible despair,’ her husband has told an inquest into her...

Blogs Monday, 07 July 2014

Bring back violin recitals of the Golden Era, says Aaron Rosand

Recital programmes should be like a well-balanced meal, and always incorporate tasteful virtuoso pieces, argues the American maestro

Recital programmes have changed dramatically over the past 50 years. In the Golden Era when the illustrious greats of the violin world were in their heyday, recital aficionados thronged to hear the ...

News Monday, 07 July 2014

Violinist Ziyu He wins 2014 Eurovision Young Musicians competition

The 15-year-old performed Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto in the final

Violinist Ziyu He was named the winner of the 2014 Eurovision Young Musicians competition in Cologne, Germany last month for his interpretation of Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto. The Chinese...

News Friday, 04 July 2014

Study finds childhood musical training enhances cognitive brain function

Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital say a minimum of two years of private lessons boosts ‘executive functioning’

A new study by researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital has found that youngsters who receive private music lessons demonstrate higher levels of brain activity into adulthood. The report, published...

News Thursday, 03 July 2014

Singapore launches $50,000 triennial International Violin Competition

Applications are now open for the event, designed to discover major new talent

The National Arts Council and National University of Singapore are launching a new Singapore International Violin Competition to discover major global talent. The event, scheduled to take place between...

Focus Thursday, 03 July 2014

There is no such thing as a piano 'accompanist'

String players and pianists are uniting to end the perception of piano accompanists as lesser musicians. Elana Estrin delves into the emerging field of collaborative piano

There has long been a stereotype in the performance community that accompanists are inferior musicians. Not good enough for solo careers, they are hired to perform a service: to obey their musical partner&rsquo...

Blogs Wednesday, 02 July 2014

Young musicians should be given access to historic instruments

The Jumpstart programme offers a vital service in loaning period instruments to young performers, argues York Early Music Festival artistic advisor and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment leader Kati Debretzeni

You never forget the first time. The first time, that is, of playing an instrument infinitely superior to the one you possess and are accustomed to. You feel you can fly, you can suddenly do things ...

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 ...

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