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News Thursday, 08 May 2014

Study finds musical training increases blood flow to language centres of the brain

Just 30 minutes of musical training can significantly change brain patterns

Researchers from the University of Liverpool in the UK have found that musical training can increase blood flow to the left side of the brain – the area responsible for language.

A team...

News Wednesday, 07 May 2014

Dallas Symphony Orchestra violinist Arkady Fomin has died

The violinist was also artistic director of the New Conservatory of Dallas

Arkady Fomin, veteran violinist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and artistic director of the New Conservatory of Dallas, has died at the age of 68. Fomin joined the DSO in 1975 and in 1978 established...

News Tuesday, 06 May 2014

Chicago Symphony Orchestra appoints two new violas

Wei-Ting Kuo from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Danny Lai from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra join the CSO on 19 May

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has appointed two new members to its viola section – assistant principal viola of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Wei-Ting Kuo and Colorado Symphony Orchestra violist...

News Friday, 02 May 2014

Study finds professional musicians are four times more likely to develop hearing loss

The research has also found that musicians are 57 per cent more likely to develop tinnitus

A large-scale study, published in online journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine, has found that professional musicians are four times more likely to develop noise-induced...

News Thursday, 01 May 2014

Norwegian orchestras hit by pension increases

The Oslo and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestras are each experiencing financial issues due to wage increases and longer life expectancies

Norwegian orchestral and theatre pension costs have increased significantly over the past three years – rising by NOK 70m (£6.9). This figure is affecting musical institutions in the country...

News Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Stephen Miahky named first violinist of the Blair String Quartet

The musician and pedagogue is also named Blair School of Music Joachim Professor of Violin

The Blair School of Music, part of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, has appointed Stephen Miahky as its Joseph Joachim Professor of Violin. The position includes the role of first violin...

News Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Colorado Symphony launches cannabis-friendly concert series

‘Classically Cannabis’ is sponsored by pro-marijuana promoter Edible Events

In what must be a first for a symphony orchestra, the Colorado Symphony has announced a series of performances in association with the cannabis industry. Mischievously titled ‘Classically Cannabis:...

News Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Philharmonia Orchestra launches iOrchestra to encourage instrumental tuition

The project targets the South West of the UK, where in some areas over a third of children do not learn an instrument

London’s Philharmonia Orchestra has responded to the results of a YouGov survey with the launch of its new iOrchestra project this month. Although the survey found that, on the whole, today&rsquo...

News Monday, 28 April 2014

Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber announces forced retirement from playing

The British musician is suffering from a herniated disc in his neck

British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has today announced that he has been forced to stop playing ‘due to a herniated disc in his neck which has reduced the power in his right arm’. His final...

News Friday, 25 April 2014

Osmo Vänskä to return as Minnesota Orchestra music director

The conductor will lead a minimum of ten weeks during the next two seasons

Osmo Vänskä is to return to his post as music director of the Minnesota Orchestra, it has been announced. The conductor, who had served in the role since 2003, resigned in October ...

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