Top stories from the string music world

News Friday, 11 April 2014

Luise Buchberger named Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment co-principal cellist

The 29-year-old from Germany will perform with the orchestra in June

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment has appointed Luise Buchberger (pictured) as its new co-principal cellist. Originally from Frankfurt, the 29-year-old began playing period instruments while...

News Thursday, 10 April 2014

LeoGroup purchases multi-million dollar Stradivarius violin with digital currency bitcoin

The violin was sold by New York firm Carpenter Fine Violins in the landmark deal

Financial advisory firm Leo Group LLC has purchased a multi-million dollar Stradivarius violin from the maker’s ‘golden period’ using bitcoin – the first...

News Thursday, 10 April 2014

British violinist Thomas Gould signs to Edition Classics

The 30-year-old has signed a four-album deal, with his first release due out in 2015

British violinist Thomas Gould has signed a four-album deal with Edition Classics. The 30-year-old, who is well known to British audiences as concertmaster of the Aurora Orchestra...

News Wednesday, 09 April 2014

Vienna Philharmonic to receive $1m Birgit Nilsson Prize

The orchestra will perform at the award ceremony in Stockholm in October

The 2014 Birgit Nilsson Prize, worth $1m, is to be awarded to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The world's largest award in the field of classical music will be given in the presence of HM King Carl...

News Tuesday, 08 April 2014

Top lots from the March London stringed instrument auctions

Highlights included an English double bass believed to have been made in the capital, an Italian violin by Francesco Ruggeri from 1694 and an Italian cello by Nicolò Gagliano, 1767

A highlight of Amati's March sale in London was an English double bass believed to have been made in the capital and estimated at £8,000–£12,000, which fetched £28,000. In the...

News Tuesday, 08 April 2014

Violinist Renaud Capuçon appointed to the UK’s Royal Northern College of Music

He joins a number of new staff members in 2014 including violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky, violist Vicci Wardman, and violist and conductor Henk Guittart

The Royal Northern College of Music has announced a number of top string appointments starting from September 2014 – following the appointments of violinists Yossi Zivoni and Julia Hanson, and...

News Monday, 07 April 2014

Blind-tested soloists unable to tell Stradivarius violins from modern instruments

Following the controversial 2010 study in Indianapolis, researchers in Paris invite ten professional musicians to compare twelve instruments

A modern instrument was the clear winner and a Stradivarius the loser in a double-blind test of old Italian and new violins, conducted at the Auditorium Coeur de Ville in Vincennes, Paris. In a follow...

News Friday, 04 April 2014

Violinist Itzhak Perlman publishes statement about his mistreatment at Toronto airport

The disabled virtuoso was abandoned by a member of staff and forced to make his way through customs with his luggage and violin

Itzhak Perlman has published a statement on his Facebook page about his mistreatment by a member of staff at Toronto airport on Monday. The virtuoso violinist, who moves about via a mobility scooter...

News Thursday, 03 April 2014

Unfinished Dvořák manuscript to be presented in New York

Early version of the Cello Concerto's solo part may reveal clues to composer's thought process

An unfinished manuscript of the solo cello part of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto has come to light in New York. It is to be presented to the public for the first time at an event in the city ...

News Wednesday, 02 April 2014

Anker Buch, ‘the Victor Borge of the violin’, has died aged 74

The Danish violinist became famous for mixing music and comedy

Danish violinist and teacher Anker Buch, who became famous in the US for mixing music and comedy, has died at the age of 74. Born in Aalborg in 1940, he began playing the violin aged eight. He first...

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