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News Friday, 27 June 2014

American violinist Janet Packer has died aged 64

The contemporary music advocate was president of the Pro Violino Foundation

American violinist Janet Packer has died at the age of 64. The contemporary music advocate had in recent years premiered works by composers including Gardner Read and Krzysztof Meyer. She was also president...

News Friday, 27 June 2014

Violinist Carolin Widmann wins Schneider-Schott Music Prize

The artist has been recognised for her commitment to the work of living composers

Violinist Carolin Widmann has been named the winner of this year’s Schnieder-Schott Music Prize. The €15,000 award will be presented on 11 November 2014 in a concert with the State Orchestra...

News Thursday, 26 June 2014

Rare ‘Macdonald’ Stradivarius viola fails to attract a buyer

Auctioneers Sotheby’s and Ingles & Hayday invited bids in excess of $45m

The rare 1719 ‘Macdonald’ Stradivarius viola failed to attract a buyer when its sealed-bid sale came to an end yesterday, despite ‘plenty of interest,’ according to Tim Ingles...

News Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Ingles & Hayday to auction Vuillaume ‘Messiah’ violin copy

The instrument is expected to fetch up to £150,000

An 1863 ‘Messiah’ Stradivarius copy made by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume of Paris is to be auctioned as part of Ingles & Hayday’s sale at Sotheby’s in London on 28 October 2014...

News Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Video: a violin thief caught on camera

Watch surveillance footage of the moment a man steals a violin from the University of Utah

Surveillance video footage has been released of the moment a thief stole a violin from the University of Utah’s School of Music last week. The instrument, belonging to University alumnus John ...

News Monday, 23 June 2014

The Strad July 2014 issue is out now

The issue includes an interview with Latvian violinist Baiba Skride and an article on how musicians go about commissioning an instrument's sound from luthiers

The July issue of The Strad is on sale now, in which we interview Latvian violinist Baiba Skride about recording the Szymanowski concertos.

The issue also includes: commissioning...

News Monday, 23 June 2014

Violist Gareth Zehngut joins the Minnesota Orchestra

The musician was awarded a position with the orchestra in 2012, but was prevented from signing his contract by the long-running labour dispute

Violist Gareth Zehngut completed his long-awaited first day with the Minnesota Orchestra last week. In 2012, the artist was awarded a position with the ensemble and was set to join them in the 2013-...

News Monday, 23 June 2014

Double bassist Leon Bosch announces retirement from Academy of St Martin in the Fields

The South African artist will devote more time to personal projects including his new chamber ensemble

Leon Bosch has announced his retirement as principal double bassist of London's Academy of St Martin in the Fields. The South African has taken the decision to stand down from his 30-year orchestral...

News Friday, 20 June 2014

Kreutzer Stradivarius violin fails to sell at auction

The instrument has been valued at between $7.5m and $10m

The ‘Kreutzer’ Stradivarius, due to be auctioned by Christie’s in a sealed bidding process on 18 June, has failed to find a buyer. The c1731 instrument –...

News Thursday, 19 June 2014

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra criticises Peter Gelb’s ‘runaway spending’

The orchestra is currently locked in a dispute over a potential 16 per cent wage cut

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, which is currently locked in a dispute over wage cuts, has released a report slamming general manager Peter Gelb for his ‘failed artistic vision’ and &lsquo...

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