Top stories from the string music world

News Tuesday, 17 June 2014

BBC launches Ten Pieces primary school classical music initiative

The ten chosen works will introduce children to classical music and encourage creativity

The BBC has launched Ten Pieces, a new initiative to familiarise more children with classical music and to inspire creativity. Ten works will be introduced to primary school classes through a range ...

News Monday, 16 June 2014

Zhanbo Zheng wins 2014 Primrose International Viola Competition

The 17-year-old Chinese violist receives a cash award and performance opportunities

Zhanbo Zheng, aged 17, has been named the winner of the 2014 Primrose International Viola Competition in Los Angeles. The Chinese violist receives a cash prize of $5,000, a gold-mounted bow from Arcos...

News Friday, 13 June 2014

Chicago Symphony Orchestra receives two gifts totalling $32m

The endowments of $15m and $17m will support the orchestra’s education programme and the position of music director

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has announced the receipt of two significant gifts, totalling $32m.

The first endowment of $15m comes from the Chicago-based Negaunee Foundation to provide support...

News Thursday, 12 June 2014

Conductor and former violinist Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos has died aged 80

The artist, who was suffering from cancer, announced his retirement last week

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos has died at the age of 80. The Spanish conductor and composer, who studied violin, piano and composition in his youth at the conservatories of Bilbao and Madrid, announced...

News Wednesday, 11 June 2014

15-year-old cellist Zlatomir Fung wins Klein Competition in San Francisco

The artist receives a cash award and performance opportunities around California

Cellist Zlatomir Fung, aged 15, has won the 29th Irving M. Klein International String Competition in San Francisco. He receives prizes worth $13,400, including a $5,000 cash award, and concerto and ...

News Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Top lots from May London and New York stringed instrument auctions

Instruments by Santo Serafin, Pressenda and Bergonzi triumph in the sales

Instruments by Santo Serafin, Pressenda and Bergonzi were the stars of the May sales in London and New York, but there were some less familiar names in the mix too, among them Alessandro D’Espine...

News Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Nine-year-old wins top prize at international violin competition

Samuel Tan from Singapore was competing against musicians up to the age of 35

Samuel Tan, from Singapore, has won the Postacchini Prize at the 21st International Andrea Postacchini Violin Competition in Fermo, Italy. He was competing for the prize against musicians up to...

News Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Australian Chamber Orchestra adds rare Guarneri violin to its collection

The 1714 Joseph Guarneri 'filius Andreae' has been bought for US$1.35m

The Australian Chamber Orchestra has added another rare instrument to its collection – a violin made by Joseph Guarneri 'filius Andreae' in 1714, and purchased for US$1.35m. Certain features of...

News Monday, 09 June 2014

Detroit Symphony Orchestra appoints Kevin Brown as new principal double bass

The 27-year-old has been a regular guest musician with major orchestras throughout the US

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has appointed Kevin Brown as its new principal double bass from the 2014-15 season. The 27-year-old from Minnesota graduated from Rice University in 2013 and is a regular...

News Monday, 09 June 2014

Metropolitan Opera must cut orchestra and chorus wages to avoid bankruptcy, says manager

Negotiations are currently taking place, but unions have threatened strike action

Metropolitan Opera general manager Peter Gelb has warned the New York company could face bankruptcy in two or three years if it does not cut the cost of orchestra and chorus wages. Speaking on BBC Radio...

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