Top stories from the string music world

News Thursday, 04 September 2014

Video: eleven-year-old busking violinist is surprised by his idol Joshua Bell

The young musician was performing on NBC's Today show

Dylan Hamme, a talented eleven-year-old violinist who has been busking on the streets of New York, was invited to perform on NBC's Today programme  this week. Unbeknownst to the youngster, his ...

News Thursday, 04 September 2014

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra management warns top international status in jeopardy

The orchestra posted a fiscal deficit of €836,461 in 2013

The management of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO) has posted a fiscal deficit of €836,461 in 2013 and members of its senior management team have warned that its status as a top international...

News Thursday, 04 September 2014

Cellist and teacher Rhuna Martin has died at the age of 82

The South-African born artist was a highly influential pedagogue at such London institutions as the Royal College of Music and Guildhall School

Cellist and teacher Rhuna Martin has died at the age of 82. Early in her career, the South African-born artist was co-principal cellist at Sadler’s Wells Opera and a founding member of the Royal...

News Wednesday, 03 September 2014

Susanna Mälkki named Helsinki Philharmonic’s first female chief conductor

The Finnish conductor and former Gothenburg Symphony cellist takes up the role in 2016

Susanna Mälkki has been appointed the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s first female chief conductor from autumn 2016. She succeeds present chief conductor John Storgårds on an initial...

News Tuesday, 02 September 2014

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra violist dies while trying to save drowning partner

John Lynch was the orchestra’s associate principal viola from 2000

John Lynch, associate principal viola with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin, has drowned off the coast of Crete. The musician was trying to save his partner, civil servant Kevin ...

News Monday, 01 September 2014

Alfonso Marconi’s ‘Stradivarius’ violin to be auctioned

The instrument once belonged to the older brother of famous Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi

A violin attributed to Antonio Stradivari, which once belonged to Alfonso Marconi – older brother of famous inventor Guglielmo Marconi – is to go on sale on 28 October. Offered by Ingles...

News Friday, 29 August 2014

Violinist Grace Clifford, 16, wins AU$25,000 first prize at Australia's ABC Young Performers Award competition

Sydney violinist Grace Clifford has won the 2014 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Award. The 16-year-old (pictured), who performed Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony...

News Friday, 29 August 2014

Minnesota Orchestra receives $10m gift from anonymous donor

The donation has inspired three further contributions totalling $3.2m

The Minnesota Orchestra is continuing to put the labour dispute of 2013 behind it with the announcement of a $10m leadership gift by an anonymous donor. The contribution was offered...

News Thursday, 28 August 2014

Announcement that Chicago Chamber Musicians will disband is false, say musicians

The society’s board will no longer support the ensemble, but musicians will present 2014-15 season regardless

Contrary to earlier reports, the Chicago Chamber Musicians will continue to give performances during the 2014-15 season, according to violinist and founding member Joseph Genualdi...

News Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Anne-Sophie Mutter, Jan Vogler and David Garrett named 2014 Echo Klassik winners

This year’s annual awards, given by the German music industry, take place on 26 October

The winners of the 2014 Echo Klassik awards have been announced, with a number of accolades going to string players. Chosen by the German music industry association, the annual awards honour national...

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