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Blogs Sunday, 17 June 2012

When is a violin not a violin?

Musical museum curators face dilemmas when they display instruments, as Ariane Todes discovers

How do you feel when you see a musical instrument in a case in a museum? Most people feel upset, according to Judith Dehail, as I discovered when I chanced on the annual conference of musical museum...

Blogs Friday, 15 June 2012

Music of the heart

Ariane Todes listens to the children of Harlem’s Opus 118 project

I haven’t seen Music of the Heart, the 1999 film in which Meryl Streep plays a violin teacher struggling to keep open a strings programme in Harlem. But this evening, I watched the real thing ...

Blogs Monday, 11 June 2012

Cultural Learnings from the Big Apple

Ariane Todes sampled a variety of musical offerings last week in New York

Someone just asked me which has the better classical music scene – London or New York. It’s a tough call, but after a month in New York, and on the basis of my outings over the last week...

Blogs Monday, 14 May 2012

The editor in New York: week one

Ariane Todes visits some iconic New York venues

It’s already the end of my first week here in New York, and I’m settling in nicely, working out the difference between uptown and downtown, and learning that asking for ‘warder&rsquo...

Blogs Tuesday, 08 May 2012

The tortoise and the frog

Ariane Todes arrives in the US without her tortoiseshell bow but ready for an American adventure

I’ve arrived in New York at the start of my ten-week US sabbatical, with my violin but without my beloved tortoiseshell-mounted Hill bow. On advice I decided it was too risky to bring it through...

Blogs Friday, 06 April 2012

Maxim Vengerov at the Wigmore Hall

Ariane Todes reports on the violinist’s return to the concert platform

The returns queue at the Wigmore Hall was out the door tonight for the return of the decade so far. After four years off the concert circuit, Maxim Vengerov was back in the house. And it was good to...

Blogs Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Gregor Piatigorsky

Ariane Todes delves into The Strad Archive and discovers conflicting views of the great cellist

Since my trip to Los Angeles for the Piatigorsky Festival, and my total immersion in the work of his former students and devotees, I’ve developed a little obsession with the great cellist. This...

Blogs Friday, 16 March 2012

California cellists

Ariane Todes reports from the Piatigorsky Festival in Los Angeles

We’re on the closing strait at the Piatigorsky Festival, with artistic director Ralph Kirshbaum having performed the Dvořák Cello Concerto at the Walt Disney Hall last night. It’s...

Blogs Thursday, 01 March 2012

Gordan Nikolić talks bows

The violinist revealed a passion bordering on obsession for bows in conversation with Ariane Todes

While I was at the Masters of the Bow festival in Amsterdam (see the March 2012 edition for a full write-up) I led a public discussion with violinist Gordan Nikolić, artistic director of Netherlands...

Blogs Thursday, 05 January 2012

Double blind tests – the inside story

What really happened in an Indianapolis hotel room with six top violins? Ariane Todes reveals all

For the last few days worldwide media have been in a twist about research that seems to prove that violinists can’t tell the difference between a modern violin and a Stradivari. As ever, it&rsquo...

viola stolen!
I had my viola stolen last week from Liverpool. Label has: Aubrey J. Tarr 1974...
violin blocks
I have an old unlabled violin and I have noticed 4 small blocks about5cm square...
violin left hand position
I have a new student , quite advanced, who has a 'double jointed' left thumb...
serene violin solo pre-1917
Hi folks. For a story I'm writing I'd like suggestions for the most serene and...
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