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News Thursday, 06 February 2014

New strings collective challenges session industry obsession with looks

London-based string players aim to make the TV and live session scene less about appearance and more reflective of the diversity of musical talent

A new collective of London-based string players aims to make the TV and live session scene less about looks and more reflective of the depth and diversity of musical talent in the city. 'We value substance...

News Thursday, 06 February 2014

Cremona’s Museum of the Violin begins ‘Legacy of Nicolò Amati’ concert series

Project looks at key period in the history of Cremonese violin making

The Museum of the Violin in Cremona will present a series of concerts over the next five months showcasing stringed instruments from its collection made by Nicolò Amati (1596–1684) and ...

News Thursday, 06 February 2014

Stolen ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius violin believed to be recovered

Milwaukee Police will hold a press conference to provide further details

Reports are surfacing that the ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius violin, which was stolen in an armed robbery last week, has been recovered. The Milwaukee Police Department are currently working to...

News Thursday, 06 February 2014

Three arrested in connection with ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius violin theft

The suspects, all from Milwaukee, are currently in custody, although the violin has not been recovered

The Milwaukee Police Department has arrested three suspects in connection with the armed robbery of the ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius. Although the violin, which is thought to be worth $5m, has...

News Tuesday, 04 February 2014

Anonymous owner of stolen 'Lipinski' Stradivarius violin issues statement

A reward of $100,000 has also been offered for information leading to the instrument's safe return

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond posted a message of personal thanks on his website yesterday for 'the avalanche of goodwill', following the theft of the 300-year-old ...

News Monday, 03 February 2014

The Strad February 2014 issue is on sale now

Double bass issue celebrates the talent and creativity in today’s double bass world

The February issue of The Strad is on sale now, in which we celebrate a new golden age of the double bass. In our cover story, six rising young bass players discuss what attracted them...

News Monday, 03 February 2014

Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja appointed artistic partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) of Minnesota, US, has chosen violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja as its artistic partner for the 20014–15 season.

Kopatchinskaja, who is from Moldova...

News Monday, 03 February 2014

Cellist Alexander Ivashkin has died aged 65

The Russian cellist premiered a large number of works throughout his career by such composers as Schnittke and Penderecki

Russian cellist, teacher and writer Alexander Ivashkin died on 31 January at the age of 65. It was at the advice of Mstislav Rostropovich that he pursued an international performing career, becoming...

News Thursday, 30 January 2014

Scientists reveal secrets of string quartet synchrony

Researchers from the UK’s Royal Academy of Music (RAM) and University of Birmingham and the University of Münster in Germany say they have discovered a way of analysing how musicians in a...

News Thursday, 30 January 2014

EU pledges €200,000 to Sistema Europe and Canada exchange programme

The project will enable 2,000 young Italian, English and Canadian musicians to perform together

The European Union’s Culture Programme has pledged €200,000 to an exchange scheme between Sistema projects in Europe and Canada. The newly formed SMEEC programme – Sistema-inspired ...

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