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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 — No 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

China Customs Confiscates Rosin

Since mid-October, when violinist Daniel Hope took to Facebook (since removed) and reported that his rosin was confiscated at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport, two more incidents have been reported.

Hong Kong-based cellist Trey Lee also reported…


Added by Stephanie Powell on November 2, 2015 at 12:33pm — No Comments

We are a New Symphonic Orchestra looking for musicians!

Dear Colleagues,

A new symphonic orchestra is starting in Montreal: ECHO (Ensemble CHromatic Orchestral)

We are currently recruiting musicians for all the symphonic instruments. Our first season will start this January 2016, to end with a concert in June 2016.

If you are looking for opportunities to play in a symphonic ensemble, ECHO is there for you!


For more information, contact us today at:

Facebook: …


Added by Veronica Galicia Lopez on November 2, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Never play Music in any violin Family instrument without scroll. The Scroll signifies good human hands .


   My hundreds of years in Violin making I am strict in the making of Violin. Neber play any violin family innstrument without the scroll. The Scroll signifies good human hands. That will protect and preserve good hands and good mind set of good Musician playing any Violin family Musical instrument - Antonio Stradivari in Jesuschrist in Cruzgomezhowellreynaldodela 

Added by owellchelsea on October 30, 2015 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

I made scroll of Each Violins I crafted hundreds of years ago not the one shown in claimed Stradivari Violins of Today

When I crafted my violins hundreds of years ago the scroll do not look like the one shown in internet publications. The Violin scroll I crafted with my strict Luthier hands is the male and female representation of disciplined,well bred, God-loving Man and woman of good Democratic Nations. - Reincarnated Antonio Stradivari trough JesusChrist in cruzgomezhowellreynaldodela

Added by owellchelsea on October 29, 2015 at 7:07pm — No Comments

1732 Strad Donated to Rachel Barton Pine Foundation

Strings senior editor Greg Olwell reports:

Thanks to a donation by a supporter, a foundation set up by celebrated violinist Rachel Barton Pine received a 1732 Stradivari violin. Dr. Joseph Sylvan a soloist,…


Added by Stephanie Powell on October 21, 2015 at 9:36am — 1 Comment

Simon Bolívar String Quartet and LA Phil Musicians Stun Enthusiastic Crowd at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Dateline: Los Angeles, California, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 8 p.m., 2015

On Tuesday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic said goodbye to its two-weekend "Immortal Beethoven" festival with a brilliantly-cast and…


Added by Laurence Vittes on October 16, 2015 at 3:26pm — No Comments

Free Master Class Coming to Omaha November 15

Violinist, teacher, and author Julie Lyonn Lieberman will be giving a talk on ergonomics for string players at an annual master class series in Omaha.

The theme of Lieberman’s master class is “Playing Healthy,” and it is the 5th annual Master Class…


Added by Greg Olwell on October 8, 2015 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Caracas Wins Battle of Beethoven Bands at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Dateline: Los Angeles, California, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Oct. 1-4, 2015

Gustavo Dudamel's four-day, Immortal Beethoven marathon in Walt Disney Concert Hall concluded Sunday afternoon with Beethoven's Ninth Symphony standing alone on the program, played by Dudamel's two home orchestras, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar of Venezuela. The Caracas band's performances of the Third, Fourth, Eighth and…


Added by Laurence Vittes on October 5, 2015 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Video Exclusive: Matt Haimovitz ‘Bach Cello Suite No. 1’

In a Strings exclusive, Matt Haimovitz has released a music video from his forthcoming album, The Cello Suites According to Anna Magdalena (Pentatone), of the Prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1. Set in the lush and enchanted gardens in Kauai’s National Tropical Botanical Garden, Haimovitz…


Added by Stephanie Powell on October 5, 2015 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Further Thoughts on Gustavo Dudamel and the El Sistema Kids

A grave firestorm of controversy surrounds Gustavo Dudamel's muted support of the Maduro regime in Venezuela. Sound familiar? It's the product of the youth orchestra program from which Dudamel rose, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic of which he is now Music Director.

The firestorm has swept ahead of Thursday night, when the glamorous young conductor begins to wield his baton over Beethoven's nine symphonies in chronological order on four successive days and nights in Walt Disney…


Added by Laurence Vittes on October 2, 2015 at 4:16pm — 1 Comment

Simone Porter Triumphs as Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Open Immortal Beethoven Festival at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Dateline: Los Angeles, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Thursday night, 8 p.m.

The opening of Gustavo Dudamel's Beethoven cycle at Walt Disney Concert Hall was dominated by Simone Porter, who wove the chains of musical enchantment in Beethoven's two Romances with such ferocious choreography that it might have been a dancer playing the fiddle instead of a violinist moving in time with the music. At times the music seemed to rival the greatest moments…


Added by Laurence Vittes on October 2, 2015 at 10:42am — No Comments

Juilliard School Opens Campus in China

The Juilliard School has announced it will open a campus in China, the Tianjin Juilliard School, in 2018.

The campus, which will be Juilliard’s first campus outside of its historic New York grounds, will be the first performing-arts institution in China to offer a US-accredited master’s…


Added by Stephanie Powell on September 30, 2015 at 11:57am — No Comments

Rachel Barton Pine Records First Vivaldi Album on Viola d’Amore

Rachel Barton Pine took a leap of faith. After some-odd years of fiddling around on a modernized viola d’amore—a 14-string instrument related to the violin and hailing from the Baroque era—she decided to bid on a…


Added by Stephanie Powell on September 22, 2015 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Fall 2015 updates! Complete Technique series, and we moved!

It's been a very exciting 2015! 

I presented a Teacher training session at American String Teachers Association 2015 conference on my new Complete Technique series. (Carl Fischer Showcase session)

Violist Alexander Vavilov and Double Bassist Eric Hansen performed studies and exercises from the series. They played beautifully! while I explained techniques taught in the books.

Details and Sample pages:…


Added by Janice Tucker Rhoda on September 12, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

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