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News Wednesday, 17 September 2014

International Violin Competition of Indianapolis announces all-female final

Five Korean artists and one American will perform two concertos each over the coming days

The six finalists of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis 2014 have been announced. The all-female final is due to take place from today and to conclude on Saturday 20 September, featuring...

News Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Violinist Hilary Hahn cancels further performances

The artist’s recovery from an inflamed muscle has taken longer than expected

Hilary Hahn has cancelled her forthcoming performances of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s season-opening concerts, conducted by music director Marin Alsop...

News Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma receives Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Prize

The artist was honoured for his longstanding contribution to the venue

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma was last week honoured with the Concertgebouw Prize for his longstanding contribution to the Dutch institution.

‘Since the beginning of his rich musical career, Yo-Yo Ma...

News Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Moscow violin making competition announces winners

The ‘Violin: Soul and Shape’ event took place this month, recognising makers in several categories

The winners of the International Violin Makers Competition, ‘Violin: Soul and Shape’, have been announced. Taking place in Moscow, between September 10 and 14, the event honoured makers ...

News Monday, 15 September 2014

Electric guitar overtakes violin on list of students’ most popular musical instruments

A comprehensive study undertaken by the UK’s ABRSM finds shifting trends from traditional to pop instruments

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music has today published its Making Music survey of learning, progression and teaching of musical instruments, billed as ‘the most comprehensive&rsquo...

News Monday, 15 September 2014

István Várdai wins Germany’s ARD International Music Competition top cello prize

The 28-year-old Hungarian has been a prolific prize winner in recent years

The winners of this year’s ARD International Music Competition in Munich have been announced, with the top cello prize going to 28-year-old Hungarian István Várdai (pictured). The...

News Friday, 12 September 2014

Julie Albers named Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra principal cellist

The American musician officially takes up her role in the 2015-16 season

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has named Julie Albers as its new principal cellist. The American artist officially begins her tenure with the Minnesota ensemble in the 2015-16 season, but will be ...

News Friday, 12 September 2014

Miklós Perényi appointed Royal Northern College of Music International Chair in Cello

The cellist joins the UK institution this year

The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester has named Miklós Perényi as its new International Chair in Cello from the current term.

Born in Hungary in 1948, the international...

News Thursday, 11 September 2014

Zehetmair Quartet awarded Paul Hindemith Prize, worth €10,000

The biennial award is given by the City of Hanau in recognition of the famous composer

The Zehetmair Quartet has been awarded this year’s Paul Hindemith Prize of the City of Hanau, worth €10,000. The ensemble – comprising violinists Thomas Zehetmair (pictured) and...

News Thursday, 11 September 2014

Violinist Esther Yoo and cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan join 2014 BBC New Generation Artists scheme

This year’s crop also includes the Armida Quartet

BBC Radio 3 has named the six musicians and ensembles joining its 2014 New Generation Artists Scheme, recognised as potential ‘classical music stars of the future’. Founded in 1999, the ...

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