Top stories from the string music world

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...

News Tuesday, 01 July 2014

Violinist and stringed instrument expert Staffan Borseman has died aged 60

A respected former concertmaster, the artist was founder of Stradivari Invest and creator of the Leopold bow

Violinist and stringed instrument dealer Staffan Borseman has died at the age of 60. Born in Västerås, Sweden on 20 October, 1953 the artist forged an international career as a soloist, chamber...

News Monday, 30 June 2014

Chicago Chamber Musicians disband due to financial difficulties

The society of 13 musicians was founded in 1986

The Chicago Chamber Musicians (CMM) have announced that they will discontinue all artistic activities from 31 August this year due to financial difficulties. The society of 13 professional artists, ...

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...

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