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Dear Laurence - Hope you are well - I'm playing Saturday afternoon in Carnegie Hall - Pavel Šporcl

Dateline: Los Angeles, Wednesday, February 10, 2016

When I was in Prague last year covering the Dvorak Festival, I heard Pavel Šporcl give a brilliant performance of the first Martinu Violin Concerto; it was with the Prague Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pietari Inkinen on a Smetana…


Added by Laurence Vittes on February 10, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Progress, Plans, and Aims.

I am still plugging away with my delightful screech plank tucked under my chin.

It has been a while since my last update, since October my time for practice has been scarce with work and such interfering. However I am now back in a position where I can play for hours most evenings and am relishing the opportunity.

Most recent to my collection of viola literature are the Beginner and Easy Progressive studies published by the ABRSM. I an still just using the beginner studies… Continue

Added by Neil Nelson on February 10, 2016 at 1:32am — No Comments

UCLA’s Powerhouse New Music School a Game Changer for String Students – and Others

I am pleased to announce the formal establishment of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music as UCLA’s 12th professional school, to begin operating immediately as a stand-alone entity. The School, with approximately 450 undergraduate and graduate students, offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, will encompass ethnomusicology, music performance and composition, and musicology departments.…


Added by Laurence Vittes on February 1, 2016 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Antonio Lysy Responds to my Review of his Bach Cello Suites Concert at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica

When UCLA cellist Antonio Lysy played Bach's Six Suites at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica last December, images were projected onto the theater's movie screen behind him of the aurora borealis, red-rock Arizona caves, the interior of a wooden cello and a virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel. I wrote 1330 words about the event, which you can read here. In response, Lysy made the following comments, preceded by relevant…


Added by Laurence Vittes on January 21, 2016 at 8:26pm — No Comments

Ilya Gringolts and Nicolas Altstaedt Show Haydn a Thing or Two (CD review)

HAYDN Sinfonia concertante MOZART Oboe and Bassoon Concertos – Ilya Gringolts, violin. Nicolas Altstaedt, cello. Alfredo Bernardini, oboe. Peter Whelan, bassoon.…


Added by Laurence Vittes on January 20, 2016 at 11:32pm — No Comments

Composer Anna Clyne Teams Up with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for World Premiere

In her home studio in Brooklyn, New York, composer Anna Clyne is surrounded by her small, upright piano, cello, accordion, other various instruments, and her laptop. The 35-year-old Clyne has a residency with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, which culminates on May 8 with a world…


Added by Stephanie Powell on January 15, 2016 at 2:47pm — No Comments

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Added by Stephanie Powell on January 6, 2016 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Cellist Misha Quint Breaks Boundaries Between Instruments, Genres, and Cultures in Mirages et Passages at New InterHarmony® Series Opening at Palm Beaches Theatre on January 30, 2016 at 7PM

InterHarmony® International Music Festival opens a new concert series in the most exciting location of Palm Beach, Florida area. The…

Added by llewcellist on January 3, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

"To music lovers for the benefit of their souls"

In the fifty years or so that I have been attending concerts and recitals few have had an effect on me as outstanding and memorable. However, one such recital surpassed many that I considered as outstanding. This was a concert to launch a c.d. of a new arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg…


Added by Anthony Hart on December 28, 2015 at 2:00am — No Comments

Obama and Merkel Scheduled to Attend Premiere of Anna Drubich's Kaddish for Cello and Orchestra

On September 29th 2016 in Kiev, during an international Holocaust commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the infamous Babi-Yar massacres, Drubich’s new Kaddish, an 11-minute long concerto for cello, Tibetan singing bowl, timpani and strings, will open a concert that will be attended by heads of state including President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. …


Added by Laurence Vittes on December 22, 2015 at 3:36pm — No Comments

Antonio Lysy's Carbon Fiber Cello Plumbs Bach's Deepest Heart in Six Cello Suites at The Broad Stage

Dateline: Santa Monica, Calif.,, Broad Stage, 2 p.m., Sunday, December 20, 2015

A nearly full house of culturally-inclined Angelenos, young, old and in between, heard Antonio Lysy play Bach's Six Suites for solo cello entirely by memory Sunday afternoon, at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Lysy dressed simply, in a wine red shirt open at the neck and black trousers for the first three Suites and the same after intermission except the shirt was blue. He played a Luis and Clark…


Added by Laurence Vittes on December 22, 2015 at 10:18am — No Comments

Itzhak Perlman Wins Genesis Prize, Dudamel Conducts ‘Star Wars,’ and More

  • Violinist Itzhak Perlman has been awarded the 2016 Genesis Prize, which is worth $1 million. The prize is awarded annually…

Added by Stephanie Powell on December 17, 2015 at 4:07pm — No Comments

Quartet X 3 - Green Umbrella - Walt Disney Concert Hall

Dateline: Los Angeles, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 8 p.m., December 8, 2015

Three West Coast string quartets, seven American composers and two world premieres gave an enthusiastic audience at Walt Disney Concert Hall 75 minutes of what’s hip and cool these days, string quartet wise, under the aegis of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella series, and curated by the Calder Quartet (Benjamin Jacobson, violin Andrew Bulbrook, violin Jonathan Moerschel, viola Eric Byers,…


Added by Laurence Vittes on December 9, 2015 at 11:49am — No Comments

Video Exclusive: Annie Moses Band 'In the New World'

In a Strings exclusive, six-sibling string ensemble the Annie Moses Band has released a music video from its latest album, American Rhapsody (Rhino Warner Classics), titled “In the New World." Violinist and vocalist Annie Wolaver Dupre answers a few…


Added by Stephanie Powell on December 2, 2015 at 3:15pm — No Comments

Norman Pickering: The Patron Saint of Sound

A giant in the strings world, Norman Pickering, died last week at age 99. Learn about how important he was to music in this Shop Visit from our November/December 2003 issue.…


Added by Stephanie Powell on November 23, 2015 at 1:51pm — 2 Comments

Violinist Performs at Trafalger Square Vigil in London

Royal College of Music student Bar Markovich played his violin in Trafalgar Square, London, at a…


Added by Stephanie Powell on November 16, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Menuhin Competition 2016 Receives Increase of Applications

The Menuhin Competition London 2016 has reported a record number of applications—a 9 percent increase compared to the 2014 competition.

The biannual event, which will take place April 7-17, 2016 at London’s Royal Music Academy, has received 307 entries total; only 44…


Added by Stephanie Powell on November 13, 2015 at 9:29am — 1 Comment

Reflections on a Mozart Festival in Havana

Reflections on a Mozart Festival in Havana:

15 Minutes with Matthias Schulz, CEO and Artistic Director of the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation

The opening night was a magic moment which nobody will ever forget: Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor being performed for the first time ever in Cuba! The singers were Claire Elizabeth Craig, a Salzburg trained soprano, and three young Cuban soloists. The cathedral was packed, the doors to the Plaza in front of the…


Added by Laurence Vittes on November 11, 2015 at 6:39am — 2 Comments

Teaching Skype Violin Lessons

After many requests over the years to teach Skype Violin Lessons, I finally decided to give it a try. I have been pleasantly surprised at just how effective it is! 

Students are very pleased with the results of Skype teaching and learning.  The reception over the internet is excellent!

Students study solo pieces, fiddle tunes, technique books, scales, and orchestra music.

Advanced beginners and intermediate levels are welcome. 



Added by Janice Tucker Rhoda on November 10, 2015 at 3:00am — No Comments

Performing with the London Mozart Players

Back at the start of October I had the honour and pleasure, amongst dozens of other aspiring string player both young and old(er), or playing Fiddlers Hill with the LMP.

The day was shared with a friend of mine who is learning the cello, and what a day it was.

I was the only violist playing tonics, so I had the pleasure of having one of the LMP players sitting with me, counting me in and giving me pointers on my playing all through the rehearsal time. So thank you Micky… Continue

Added by Neil Nelson on November 10, 2015 at 1:44am — No Comments

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