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Day Five Part Two at the Fifth International Chamber Music Festival of Kaposvár: The Kreutzer Sonata

Dateline: Hall of Art and Culture, Kaposvár, Hungary, Sunday August 17, 7 p.m., 2014Day Five Part Two at the Fifth International Chamber Music Festival of Kaposvár took place on a sleepy, late Sunday afternoon. The concert began unassumingly with Aram Khachaturian’s seductive Nocturne played with elegant, luminous romantic ease by violinist Kristóf Tóth and pianist Marie Meerovitch.…See More
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Midwest Young Artists Announces 2014-15 IGNITE Concert Season at MYA Center

October 1, 2014 to May 17, 2015
(Highwood, Illinois) Midwest Young Artists (MYA) is pleased to announce the opening of their 2014-15 season, entitled IGNITE. The accomplished MYA faculty will take the sparks of creativity seen in their exceptional students, and nurture them to achieve success in tackling the highest level music while striving to have as much fun as possible. The following major events will occur this season in addition to a multitude of other educational and performance related occasions, which can be found…See More
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A new tool for string teachers--keep your students engaged with these monthly practice tips, instrument care advice and inspirational notes on their peers. Check it out here.See More
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Sinéad Lee posted a blog post

Why now?

Well, Malcolm Gladwell  suggested that practicing any skill for 10,000 hours is sufficient to make you an expert.   I am now in my forties. If I can practice for 1 hour a day (I’m not countingholidays), that makes about 300 hours a year. So it will take me 30 years to become an expert cello player.I will be in my seventies by then, the same age as my mum who enjoys playing the violin.  Plus, I figure I don’t have to…See More
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How to Prevent, or Even Cure, a Violin Hickey

t begins as an itch or a chafe. Friends giggle, families gape, and perfect strangers won’t stop staring at it—that red spot on the left-hand side of your neck. It has many names in many countries—fiddler’s neck, violin hickey, or mark of greatness.Dermatologists call this spot—where a violin or viola contacts with the player’s neck—“acne mechanica” and proceed further with such technical terms as “lichenification,” “erythema,” “scaling,” and good-old “scarring.” No matter the label, the result…See More
Aug 21
Greg Cahill posted a blog post

How to Prevent, or Even Cure, a Violin Hickey

t begins as an itch or a chafe. Friends giggle, families gape, and perfect strangers won’t stop staring at it—that red spot on the left-hand side of your neck. It has many names in many countries—fiddler’s neck, violin hickey, or mark of greatness.Dermatologists call this spot—where a violin or viola contacts with the player’s neck—“acne mechanica” and proceed further with such technical terms as “lichenification,” “erythema,” “scaling,” and good-old “scarring.” No matter the label, the result…See More
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Kevin Keating commented on Sinéad Lee's blog post Why Cello?
"I think any instrument can be the center of attention soloist as well as background accompaniment, although the piano is often the foundation. The obvious disadvantage of piano is it's lack of portability. You can't just pick up and go to…"
Aug 21
Laurence Vittes posted a blog post

Day Five Part One at the Fifth International Chamber Music Festival of Kaposvár: The Arrival of Kirill Gerstein

Dateline: Hall of Art and Culture, Kaposvár, Hungary, Sunday August 17, noon, 2014August 17 was once again a provocative day at the Fifth International Chamber Music Festival of Kaposvár, a festival without any recognized limits of where the musicians are allowed take the music they play. Each night and each morning, the venues were packed with kids, music students and music lovers from all around Hungary who wanted to hear their heroes play; there were tourists and vacationers in this pleasant…See More
Aug 21
Kevin Keating replied to Catherine Guthrie's discussion Typical Violin Lesson: How to String/Restring your instrument
"I know this is an old discussion, but I just thought I'd chime in on this. I think that learning to tune and restring your instrument is something every player should learn as soon as possible provided he/she is physically and mentally…"
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Karla Pitcairn replied to Jimmy Gahl's discussion Changing Rosin
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Introducing Teen Strings Tip Sheets

A new tool for string teachers--keep your students engaged with these monthly practice tips, instrument care advice and inspirational notes on their peers. Check it out here.

Posted by Greg Cahill on August 23, 2014 at 8:00pm

How to Prevent, or Even Cure, a Violin Hickey

t begins as an itch or a chafe. Friends giggle, families gape, and perfect strangers won’t stop staring at it—that red spot on the left-hand side of your neck. It has many names in many countries—fiddler’s neck, violin hickey, or mark of greatness.

Dermatologists call this spot—where a violin or viola contacts with the player’s neck—“acne mechanica” and proceed further with such technical terms as “lichenification,” “erythema,” “scaling,” and good-old “scarring.” No…

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Posted by Greg Cahill on August 21, 2014 at 6:47pm

Jazz Violinist John Blake Jr., 1947-2014

Sad to hear of the passing of jazz violinist John Blake Jr. 

Read a 2011 interview with Blake from Strings magazine.

Posted by Greg Cahill on August 17, 2014 at 9:20am

Getting Curioser and Curioser: Day Three at the Fifth International Chamber Music Festival of Kaposvár

Dateline: Szivárvány Kultúrpalota, Kaposvár, Hungary, Wednesday noon and evening, August 14

A curious series of events–particularly curiou to non Hungarian speakers–unfolded on Day Three of the 5th International Chamber Music Festival of Kaposvár.

After risky Beethoven, glamorous Ravel, superb Saint-Saëns and dashing Mendelssohn at the noontime concert, a troop of Hungarian actors presented potted versions…

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Posted by Laurence Vittes on August 16, 2014 at 7:00am

Learn to Strengthen Your String Quartet's Voice

These expert tips, with video instruction by the award-winning Del Sol Quartet, can help kickstart your chamber-music career. Learn more here.

Posted by Greg Cahill on August 15, 2014 at 10:00pm

Festival of the Future: Day 2 at the 5th Kaposvár International Chamber Music Festival

Dateline: Szivárvány Kultúrpalota, Kaposvár, Hungary, Wednesday morning and night, August 14

If the best classical music festivals are as much about discovery, friendship and even love as they are about entertainment, Day 2 at the 5th Kaposvár International Chamber Music Festival was no exception. During two sold-out concerts at the Palace of Arts—a wonderful…

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Posted by Laurence Vittes on August 15, 2014 at 8:00am

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