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The Walter Levin Days for Young String Quartets in Basel - Application Deadline: June 30, 2016

When I was in Gstaad last July, and again in Kaposvár a month later, I came to know Anna Wirz-Justice who loves chamber music, and particularly string quartets, and hosts touring young quartets in her Basel home, which has its own music room, whenever she can.

Application deadline: June 30, 2016

In addition to being patron saints of the string quartet, Anna and her husband have been close friends of Walter Levin, first violin of the Lasalle…


Added by Laurence Vittes on May 27, 2016 at 9:23pm — No Comments

Four Cellists, All Men, Go For Baroque at Piatigorsky Fest in Tommy Trojan's Home

On Saturday night, May 21, four cellists, all men, played 90 minutes' worth of five Baroque concertos - without intermission, non-stop. In order to stave off fatigue, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, which backed the affair, rotated its members in and out from concerto to concerto. …


Added by Laurence Vittes on May 25, 2016 at 4:29am — No Comments

Cellists, Cellists Everywhere at the Piatigorsky Festival at USC

dateline: May 18, 2016, Los Angeles, Calif., University of Southern California

With Jacaranda flowers lighting up the city, the flowers sowed by Gregor Piatigorsky through his music and artistic beliefs are adorning the halls of USC's Thornton School of Music this week in the form of cellists and cello cases slung across their back like they were cello warriors , carried like luggage or ridden like bicycles.

The last is a conceit that Piatigorsky would have relished.…


Added by Laurence Vittes on May 20, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

Ten Picks from the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, Los Angeles, May 13-21

If you want to understand what the great cellist Gregor Piatigorsky was like as a man and a cellist, and most profoundly, as a musician, you’ll have to read Terry King’s…


Added by Laurence Vittes on May 12, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

You've Got The Violin - Now What?

Hey, Becca here! I am the Owner of and Instructor at Violin by Becca. It seems like there is an unwritten list of things that you need to get when you start violin lessons. Well I wanted to give some free advice on my must haves when…


Added by Becca Fish on April 16, 2016 at 10:13am — No Comments

Bernard Labadie's Advice to Young Professionals: Know Your Bach and Handel

The time of the hippies smoking pot and playing baroque violin and viola da gamba vs the penguin-suited symphony orchestra musicians vibrating every sixteenth-note in a Mozart symphony is long gone. - Bernard Labadie, founder and conductor of Les Violons du Roy

This Wednesday night, April 13, at Walt Disney Concert Hall, pianist Alexandre Tharaud and Québec-based …


Added by Laurence Vittes on April 10, 2016 at 7:49am — No Comments

Quintessential Trios Takes Center Stage with Rachmaninoff, Dvořák, and Shostakovich at Palm Beaches Theatre on March 13 at 5PM

InterHarmony® International Music Festival presents the final concert in the InterHarmony Palm Beach Series.



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Added by llewcellist on February 27, 2016 at 1:32pm — No Comments

Violinist Augustin Hadelich Wins First Grammy Award

Violinist Augustin Hadelichtook home his first award at the…


Added by Stephanie Powell on February 23, 2016 at 9:32am — No Comments

This is a something I posted in response to an article by David Teague "I Tune my Bass in Fifths"

Okay David, since you asked I'll tell you my story. I've been tuning my bass in fifths for over thirty-five years. I actually came to it from a different direction than bassists who made the switch. I'm a cellist first who fell into playing the bass while studying at… Continue

Added by JordanJancz on February 17, 2016 at 7:27am — No Comments

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

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