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News Friday, 25 July 2014

Lipinski Stradivarius violin thief receives three-and-a-half-year prison sentence

Universal Knowledge Allah admitted supplying the Taser used to attack Milwaukee Symphony concertmaster Frank Almond

Universal Knowledge Allah, one of two men charged for the robbery of the 300-year-old 'Lipinski' Stradivarius violin, has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison. The thief pleaded guilty...

News Thursday, 24 July 2014

Violinist Hilary Hahn cancels all performances for six weeks

The star performer is suffering from an inflamed muscle

Hilary Hahn has been forced to withdraw from all of her appearances over the next six weeks due to an inflamed muscle. The violinist was due to perform with pianist Jan Lisiecki and the Annex String...

News Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Joshua Bell renews music director contract with Academy of St Martin in the Fields

The violinist has signed a three-year extension until summer 2017

Joshua Bell has renewed his contract as music director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields for a further three years until summer 2017. The violinist has already spent three years at the helm ...

News Wednesday, 23 July 2014

ISM's Protect Music Education secures £17m in extra funding for UK children

The Incorporated Society of Musicians’ project was launched in April in response to proposed government cuts

The Incorporated Society of Musicians’ Protect Music Education campaign has been successful in securing a further £17m from the UK government for the county’s network of 123 music ...

News Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Japanese student wins violin category of International Bach Competition

Seiji Okamoto triumphed at the final, held in Leipzig, Germany on 18 July

Japanese student Seiji Okamoto has been awarded first prize in the violin category of the 19th International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany. The 20-year-old, who attends the Tokyo...

News Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Violinist Shlomo Mintz named Queensland Symphony Orchestra soloist-in-residence

The artist will join the orchestra as its inaugural resident soloist in 2015

Shlomo Mintz is to join the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Australia as its inaugural soloist-in residence. The Russian-born violinist and conductor will work with the ensemble during two extended...

News Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The Strad August 2014 issue is out now

The issue marks the centenary of World War I with a music and conflict theme

The August issue of The Strad is on sale now ― a special edition marking the centenary of the First World War.

Our music and conflict theme highlights the...

News Monday, 21 July 2014

Top lots from June London and Vichy stringed instrument auctions

Gaglianos and a Peccatte shone in the sales

In contrast to the failed sealed-bid auctions in June of the ‘Kreutzer’ and ‘Macdonald’ Stradivaris, the regular sales that month in...

News Monday, 21 July 2014

London Symphony Orchestra musicians to appear in ‘Addicts’ Symphony’ documentary

The programme, to be broadcast on Channel 4 in August, features LSO Discovery’s work with ten addicts

Members of the London Symphony Orchestra will appear in a Channel 4 documentary about addiction and the ‘transformative power of music’ in late August. ‘Addicts’ Symphony&rsquo...

News Friday, 18 July 2014

German radio orchestra merger looking increasingly likely

The Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra and Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra are set to unite in 2016

It is looking ever more probable that a merger between the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra, based in Baden-Baden and Freiburg, and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra will go ahead in 2016...

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