Top stories from the string music world

News Thursday, 02 October 2014

Violinists Anne-Sophie Mutter and Leonidas Kavakos to feature in free online broadcasts from Carnegie Hall

A series of four performances will be webcast through a partnership with

Carnegie Hall and have launched a new, live streaming partnership – the first time that the New York venue’s concerts will be presented as live webcasts. A series of four free ...

News Thursday, 02 October 2014

Violins allowed as carry-on baggage, but violas must be checked into the hold, says Air Canada

The airline has published detailed regulations for the transportation of musical instruments on its website

Air Canada has published a detailed explanation of its carry-on and checked baggage rules in relation to musical instruments, and has distinguished between violins and violas.

The airline...

News Wednesday, 01 October 2014

Video: violinist Joshua Bell’s second Washington DC Metro performance draws large crowds

Unlike 2007’s anonymous busking experiment, the virtuoso this time announced his appearance in advance

Joshua Bell’s second appearance in a Washington DC Metro station yesterday could not have been more different from his incognito turn as an ordinary busker back in 2007.

Seven years...

News Monday, 29 September 2014

Violinist Augustin Hadelich performs ‘America the Beautiful’ at his naturalisation ceremony

The German artist has lived in the US for the past ten years

German violinist Augustin Hadelich was sworn in as a new US citizen at Manhattan Federal Court last week – and performed ‘America the Beautiful’ at the naturalisation ceremony.


News Monday, 29 September 2014

Former Chetham’s School of Music violin teacher charged with rape and indecent assault

The charges against Wen Zhou Li, who also taught at the Royal Northern College of Music, date back to the 1990s

Former Chetham’s School of Music violin teacher Wen Zhou Li has been charged with rape and two counts of indecent assault by Greater Manchester Police.  He will appear at Manchester Magistrates&rsquo...

News Friday, 26 September 2014

Violinist Daniel Andai named dean of music at Miami’s New World School of the Arts

The artist will overseeing administration of the high school and college music programmes

Dr Daniel Andai has been appointed dean of music at the New World School of the Arts. The violinist will serve as chief academic and artistic officer for the institution's Music Division in Miami, Florida...

News Friday, 26 September 2014

Alan Davey named new BBC Radio 3 controller

The Arts Council England chief executive replaces Roger Wright to take up the role in January 2015

BBC Radio 3 has named Alan Davey as its new controller. Currently chief executive officer of Arts Council England, the 53-year-old replaces Roger Wright, who stepped down several months ago after 15...

News Thursday, 25 September 2014

Academy of Ancient Music founder Christopher Hogwood has died aged 73

The conductor directed the ensemble for 30 years, making 200 recordings

Conductor and founder of the Academy of Ancient Music Christopher Hogwood died yesterday at the age of 73 following an illness lasting several months. A musicologist, keyboard player and Cambridge University...

News Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Violinist Joshua Bell to perform again in Washington Metro

Unlike 2007’s anonymous busking experiment, the virtuoso has this time announced his appearance in advance

Joshua Bell is to perform once again in Washington D.C.’s Metro – only this time the circumstances will be different.

Back in 2007, the virtuoso violinist donned a baseball cap and...

News Tuesday, 23 September 2014

British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber joins charity Live Music Now as spokesman

The artist announced his retirement from performing in April due to injury

British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has joined Live Music Now as the charity’s public spokesman. Established in 1977 by Yehudi Menuhin and Ian Stoutzker, the UK scheme trains talented musicians...

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