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'Titanic' Violin Fetches $1.6 million at Auction

(AP) A violin believed to have been played on the R.M.S. Titanic before the doomed vessel sank was auctioned for more than 1 million pounds ($1.6 million) Saturday, a fantastic figure which one collector said may never be beaten.

The sea-corroded instrument, now unplayable, is thought to have belonged to bandmaster…


Added by Greg Cahill on October 19, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Zagreb Chamber-Music Fest, Day 4

Laurence Vittes on the glory of Tchaikovsky and the temerity of bringing a tablet to a chamber-music concert.

Added by Greg Cahill on October 18, 2013 at 2:26pm — No Comments

Zagreb Chamber-Music Fest, Day 3

'Strings' contributor Laurence Vittes is blogging all weeklong from Croatia.

Added by Greg Cahill on October 17, 2013 at 10:23am — No Comments

Zagreb Chamber-Music Fest, Day 2

'Strings' contributor Laurence Vittes is blogging from Croatia.

Added by Greg Cahill on October 15, 2013 at 5:52pm — No Comments

Zagreb Chamber-Music Festival, Day 1

Check out 'Strings' magazine contributor Laurence Vittes blogs from Zagreb, where he is attending the 8th Annual Zagreb International Chamber Music Festival. 

Added by Greg Cahill on October 13, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Cremona's New Museum of the Violin Inspires

You just can’t help but get excited racing across the plains of Lombardy on a train bound for Cremona. It’s not just the end of a long trip from California, but the anticipation of seeing an ancient city with an illustrious past of violin-making remake itself into a destination for anyone interested in…


Added by Greg Olwell on September 27, 2013 at 2:57am — No Comments

Remembering Fred Katz, the Father of Jazz Cello

When you get right down to it, this job is about one thing: people. Sure, Strings publishes scads of info about instruments, bows, and music, but people make the string world a vibrant place to work and play.

One of those people was Fred Katz, the father of jazz cello.

I was introduced to Fred in late 2002, a year after taking this post as editor of Strings magazine. His calling card was delivered by Kenneth Carpenter, a musician and fine-arts photographer who…


Added by Greg Cahill on September 11, 2013 at 3:40pm — No Comments

Learn to Enhance Your Head Game

There's more to being a successful string player than just mastery of bowstrokes or left-hand technique.

Added by Greg Cahill on August 23, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

More Mostly Mozart from Montreal, the City of Music

The latest blog from Strings magazine contributor Laurence Vittes,

Added by Greg Cahill on August 20, 2013 at 1:47pm — No Comments

A Message from Montreal

Read blogger Laurence Vittes' latest missive from Montreal.

Added by Greg Cahill on August 15, 2013 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Overcoming Performance Anxiety, Strings Editor's 'Spin of the Week,' and more.

Strings Notes delivers your regular dose of strings-related entertainment, instruction, and inspiration. Check out this week's edition below.

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Added by Maura McElhone on July 19, 2013 at 3:29pm — No Comments

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival: Dalbavie, Mozart & Brahms


DATELINE: St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Sante Fe, New Mexico, Thursday night, July 18


The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s 40th year opened with conventional concerts featuring the music of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Arensky played by a roster of young artists and veterans.


On Thursday night, the festival took on its characteristically Santa Fe mix of new and old music. And by…


Added by Greg Cahill on July 19, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Baroque Violoncello Piccolo - Ponticello

Now its time to relax a bit after the hard work of tuning the plates. I have cut the corner blocks and glued them to the back plate. Best to wait a day or so for the glue to dry, so one can either pace around the workshop, read a book, etc... or start work on some of the fittings that the violoncello will soon be needing.…


Added by Nate Tabor on July 8, 2013 at 11:30pm — 5 Comments

Baroque Violoncello Piccolo finishing arching and first stages of plate graduation

One can see now I have a general idea of where this baroque cello is headed. But the back arching is way too high!  This is on purpose, as I have a specific method of plate tuning which I shall explain. I want to have a lot of choices when creating the final arching, which means lots of wood to work with. At this…


Added by Nate Tabor on July 6, 2013 at 11:51pm — 2 Comments

The Poisonwood ... Peg?

While in New York, a friend, the violin maker Brian Skarstad, spoke highly of a new violin that had just reached his shop by a colleague of his, John Moroz of Salt Lake City. I wasn’t in the market for another violin, but was going to be driving right past Brian's shop in Pleasantville, New York, and so out of curiosity I stopped in.…


Added by Thomas Suarez on June 29, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

A Case for the Menuhin Shoulder Rest

The physical relationship between the violin and one’s body must rank as one of Creation’s supreme mysteries. The instrument should feel like part of your body, we correctly tell our students, yet sometimes it seems like an alien, cancerous appendage. Thus like most violinists, over the years I have experimented with the myriad shoulder rests commercially produced, as well as a few…


Added by Thomas Suarez on June 21, 2013 at 10:00am — 12 Comments

Emerson Quartet: Reflecting on Change, Pt. 1

Violinist Philip Setzer, a founding member of the Emerson Quartet, offers the first of three blogs by members of the group, reflecting on the recent personnel change that saw Paul Watkins taking over for longtime cellist David Finckel. In this installment, Philip notes that the celebrated string quartet has come full circle from its initial meeting with David 34 years ago.

Added by Greg Cahill on June 17, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Where Do You House the World's Tiniest Violins?

This ain't no small-time enterprise. Check out this exhibit at the Mini Time Machine Museum in Tucson, Arizona.

Added by Greg Cahill on June 13, 2013 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Montreal Violin Competition, Pt. V—It's a Wrap!

Strings contributor Laurence Vittes delivers his fifth and final blog from the Montreal Violin Competition.

Added by Greg Cahill on May 20, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Montreal Violin Competition, Pt. IV, the Results

And the winner is . . . . Laurence Vittes reports on the results of the Montreal Violin Competition.

Added by Greg Cahill on May 16, 2013 at 2:04pm — No Comments

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