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News Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Royal Palace of Madrid decorated Stradivari quartet receives first public performance

The musicians of the Quiroga Quartet from Spain have been named the first artists in residence of the Royal Palace of Madrid, allowing them access to the unique set of decorated Stradivari instruments...

News Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Leila Josefowicz's violin sells for £156,000 at auction

The violin that Leila Josefowicz used as her main concert instrument for the last twelve years was sold at a London auction yesterday. The violin fetched £156,000 (including buyer's premium) at...

News Monday, 28 October 2013

European Union Youth Orchestra and Grafenegg Festival launch summer campus for young musicians

The European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) and Grafenegg Festival have joined forces to create The European Music Campus (EMC), a new summer programme of workshops, seminars, masterclasses and performances...

News Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Violinist Min-Jin Kym’s 'stolen and recovered' Stradivarius to be sold at auction

The Stradivarius violin belonging to the violinist Min-Jin Kym that was stolen at a Pret a Manger sandwich bar in London’s Euston Station in November 2010 and later recovered by police, is to ...

News Tuesday, 22 October 2013

The Strad November 2013 issue is on sale now

Our North America issue stars Joshua Bell and his 1713 'Huberman' Stradivari violin

The November issue of The Strad is on sale now. Our annual North America issue features American violinist Joshua Bell discussing his new multi-genre album, his role as musical director...

News Monday, 21 October 2013

Guarneri 'del Gesù' copy breaks auction record for contemporary maker

A copy of the c.1731 'Gibson', 'Huberman' Guarneri 'del Gesù' violin has set a new world auction record for an instrument by a living maker. The copy (pictured), made by US luthiers Joseph Curtin...

News Sunday, 20 October 2013

Auction record: 'Titanic violin' fetches £900,000

The violin thought to have belonged to Wallace Hartley, the bandmaster of the group of players who famously played on as the lifeboats of RMS Titanic were being lowered into the sea, has sold at auction...

News Friday, 18 October 2013

British violist and teacher Roger Best dies

Roger Best, who was principal viola in the Northern Sinfonia and a member of the Alberni Quartet, died on 8 October aged 77 after a long illness.

Over the course of a multifaceted career Best...

News Thursday, 17 October 2013

Violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley purchases 1732 Bergonzi once owned by Nigel Kennedy

American violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley, leader of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, has purchased a 1732 violin by the Italian maker Carlo Bergonzi, a close associate of the workshops of Stradivari...

News Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Cellists invited to free day of cello events at UK's Birmingham Conservatoire

Cellists of all ages, levels and walks of life are invited to a free day of workshops, performances and masterclasses at the UK’s Birmingham Conservatoire on 27 October.

The college&rsquo...

serene violin solo pre-1917
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I want to try some new strings on my violin. It's English, 1875, and has quite...
violin left hand position
I have a new student , quite advanced, who has a 'double jointed' left thumb...
Electric violin and bows stolen in London
My friend John Garner's asking for help regarding his electric violin. Please...
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