Top stories from the string music world

News Friday, 21 March 2014

Minnesota Orchestra president to step down in August

The Minnesota Orchestra has announced that Michael Henson, president and chief executive since 2007, is to step down from both roles in August. A statement from the orchestra’s board said that...

News Friday, 21 March 2014

Yo-Yo Ma to receive the inaugural Fred Rogers Legacy Award

US cellist Yo-Yo Ma has been named the recipient of the inaugural Fred Rogers Legacy Award. The 58-year-old (pictured) will receive the honour at a ceremony on 23 May at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe...

News Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Violist Dimitri Murrath and Calder Quartet to receive Avery Fisher career grants

The Los Angeles-based Calder Quartet and the Belgian violist Dimitri Murrath have each been named as recipients of Avery Fisher Career Grants for 2014. Worth $25,000, the grants give professional assistance...

News Friday, 14 March 2014

Yuri Bashmet loses honorary professorship at Lviv music academy

The violist, violinist and conductor Yuri Bashmet has been stripped of his title as honorary professor at the Lviv National Music Academy (LNMA) in Lviv, Ukraine. Bashmet, 61, was granted the title ...

News Thursday, 13 March 2014

Toronto Symphony Orchestra cellists to give 22 ‘pop-up’ performances

The performances will take place daily in unexpected locations as part of the Keep Toronto Reading festival

This year’s Keep Toronto Reading Festival is to feature 22 days of cello performances by members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Organised by the Toronto Public Library, the city-wide celebration...

News Wednesday, 12 March 2014

London’s Royal College of Music launches postgraduate string quartet programme

The new Artist Diploma provides an intense year of study for a pre-formed quartet

London’s Royal College of Music is launching a new postgraduate programme for an advanced string quartet. The Artist Diploma in Chamber Music will launch in September 2014, providing the opportunity...

News Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Study finds orchestras are judged more on what audiences see than what they hear

Research conducted at University College London pitted world-ranking orchestras against regional and university ensembles

A study conducted at University College London has found that audiences judge the quality of orchestral performance more by what they see than by what they hear. Dr Chia-Jung Tsay, a psychologist who...

News Monday, 10 March 2014

Violinist Nicola Benedetti named Cheltenham Music Festival artist-in-residence

The UK festival celebrates its 70th birthday in July this year

Violinist Nicola Benedetti (pictured) is to be artist-in-residence at the 70th Cheltenham Music Festival, held 2-13 July 2014. She will feature in works including Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, ...

News Monday, 10 March 2014

Pacem in Terris competition awards cellist Valentino Worlitzsch €10,000 first prize

The event for young violinists and cellists takes place for the first time in seven years in Bayreuth

German cellist Valentino Worlitzsch (pictured), aged 24, has been awarded first prize, worth €10,000, at the 2014 Pacem in Terris International Music Competition in Bayreuth...

News Friday, 07 March 2014

Hungarian violinist and teacher Dénes Zsigmondy has died aged 91

Isabelle Faust pays tribute to her former teacher, who inspired her 2013 Bartók Violin Concertos recording on Harmonia Mundi

Hungarian violinist and pedagogue Dénes Zsigmondy has died aged 91. An acclaimed soloist who performed with some of the leading European orchestras, in later years he became a respected teacher...

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