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News Monday, 15 September 2014

Electric guitar overtakes violin on list of students’ most popular musical instruments

A comprehensive study undertaken by the UK’s ABRSM finds shifting trends from traditional to pop instruments

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music has today published its Making Music survey of learning, progression and teaching of musical instruments, billed as ‘the most comprehensive&rsquo...

News Monday, 15 September 2014

István Várdai wins Germany’s ARD International Music Competition top cello prize

The 28-year-old Hungarian has been a prolific prize winner in recent years

The winners of this year’s ARD International Music Competition in Munich have been announced, with the top cello prize going to 28-year-old Hungarian István Várdai (pictured). The...

News Friday, 12 September 2014

Julie Albers named Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra principal cellist

The American musician officially takes up her role in the 2015-16 season

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has named Julie Albers as its new principal cellist. The American artist officially begins her tenure with the Minnesota ensemble in the 2015-16 season, but will be ...

News Friday, 12 September 2014

Miklós Perényi appointed Royal Northern College of Music International Chair in Cello

The cellist joins the UK institution this year

The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester has named Miklós Perényi as its new International Chair in Cello from the current term.

Born in Hungary in 1948, the international...

News Thursday, 11 September 2014

Zehetmair Quartet awarded Paul Hindemith Prize, worth €10,000

The biennial award is given by the City of Hanau in recognition of the famous composer

The Zehetmair Quartet has been awarded this year’s Paul Hindemith Prize of the City of Hanau, worth €10,000. The ensemble – comprising violinists Thomas Zehetmair (pictured) and...

News Thursday, 11 September 2014

Violinist Esther Yoo and cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan join 2014 BBC New Generation Artists scheme

This year’s crop also includes the Armida Quartet

BBC Radio 3 has named the six musicians and ensembles joining its 2014 New Generation Artists Scheme, recognised as potential ‘classical music stars of the future’. Founded in 1999, the ...

News Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Han-Na Chang resigns as music director of Qatar Philharmonic with immediate effect

The cellist and conductor has cited ‘irreconcilable artistic differences’

Cellist and conductor Han-Na Chang resigned from her position as music director of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra on Monday with immediate effect – just one day after a praised performance at...

News Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Yale Collection of Musical Instruments acquires violins by Guarneri and Amati

The bequest from the Andrew F. Petryn Collection also includes three Tourte bows

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments has acquired more than 20 stringed instruments and bows from the Andrew F. Petryn Collection – a bequest following the violinist and art conservator&rsquo...

News Tuesday, 09 September 2014

Francisco Fullana and Michiaki Ueno named winners of 21st Johannes Brahms Competition

Prizes were awarded in violin, viola, cello, piano, vocal and chamber divisions

The winners of the 21st Johannes Brahms Competition were announced on Sunday. Held in Pörtschach, Austria, the event saw candidates of all ages compete in violin, viola, cello, piano, vocal and...

News Monday, 08 September 2014

Two musicians to leave Australian String Quartet, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’

Violinists Kristian Winther and Ioana Tache will see out the remainder of the 2014 season

Two members of the Australian String Quartet are to leave the ensemble in 2015, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’. Violinists Kristian Winther and Ioana Tache will see out the remainder...

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