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News Monday, 14 July 2014

Violinist Nicola Benedetti breaks UK chart top 20 with her new album

Not since Vanessa Mae and Nigel Kennedy has a solo British violinist featured in the top 20 pop chart

Nicola Benedetti has become the first solo British violinist since the 1990s to enter the top 20 of the Official UK Albums Chart. Her new record ‘Homecoming: A Scottish Fantasy’ was released...

News Monday, 14 July 2014

UK lutherie student receives Special Award from Rowan Armour-Brown Memorial Trust

The inaugural award recognises students of particular potential

Dutch luthier Sam Brouwer, a student at the UK’s Newark School of Violin Making, has been granted a Special Award of £1,000 from the Rowan Armour-Brown Memorial Trust – the first time...

News Thursday, 10 July 2014

Charles Castleman appointed professor of violin at Miami’s Frost School of Music

The violinist is currently a professor at the Eastman School of Music in New York

The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami has appointed Charles Castleman as its new professor of violin. The musician is currently professor of violin at the Eastman School of Music at University...

News Thursday, 10 July 2014

University of Michigan appoints violinist Danielle Belen to its string faculty

The musician is a seasoned pedagogue and member of the Colburn School violin faculty

Danielle Belen has joined the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance as associate professor of violin.

A graduate of USC Thornton School of Music and Colburn Conservatory...

News Wednesday, 09 July 2014

1710 ‘Ivashkin’ Guarneri cello loaned to Canadian Korean artist Soo Bae

The instrument was previously on permanent loan to the late Russian cellist Alexander Ivashkin

Following the death of Alexander Ivashkin (pictured) in January, Christopher Marshall, director of Old and New Strings Ltd New Zealand, has loaned the 1710 Guarneri 'filius andreae'...

News Tuesday, 08 July 2014

Violinist and sex abuse victim Frances Andrade was in ‘incredible despair’, inquest hears

The 48-year-old musician took her own life after giving evidence against former Chetham’s School of Music teacher Michael Brewer

Violinist Frances Andrade, who gave evidence of sexual abuse at the trial of former chorus master Michael Brewer, ‘fell into incredible despair,’ her husband has told an inquest into her...

News Monday, 07 July 2014

Violinist Ziyu He wins 2014 Eurovision Young Musicians competition

The 15-year-old performed Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto in the final

Violinist Ziyu He was named the winner of the 2014 Eurovision Young Musicians competition in Cologne, Germany last month for his interpretation of Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto. The Chinese...

News Friday, 04 July 2014

Study finds childhood musical training enhances cognitive brain function

Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital say a minimum of two years of private lessons boosts ‘executive functioning’

A new study by researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital has found that youngsters who receive private music lessons demonstrate higher levels of brain activity into adulthood. The report, published...

News Thursday, 03 July 2014

Singapore launches $50,000 triennial International Violin Competition

Applications are now open for the event, designed to discover major new talent

The National Arts Council and National University of Singapore are launching a new Singapore International Violin Competition to discover major global talent. The event, scheduled to take place between...

News Wednesday, 02 July 2014

French postal service reports cello bow lost and then has the item auctioned

The €2,800 bow had been made for a member of the Paris Opera

A bow sent via French postal service, La Poste, was reported lost by the company only to be auctioned at a later date, according to its maker.

Claudia Carmona, based in Angers, France had been...

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