From Jack Lin, a violinist serving an internship at Loren Maazel's Castleton Festival in Virginia:
"There are few times in a musician’s life when they truly experience something profound in performances or rehearsals. It is simply achieving a sense of artistic satisfaction through one’s art that makes it really meaningful to what we do.
When Maestro Maazel gave the downbeat to signal the beginning of Respighi’s awesome Pines of Rome, on opening night (Friday, June 22),…Continue
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A couple of weeks ago, I adjudicated a competition at the Music Academy of the West, in Santa Barbara. Watching and listening to the contestants, I remembered what it was like to compete when I was 11 and 12 years old and won the opportunity to perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic. I was moved by the passion these kids had to win the opportunity…Continue
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The San Francisco Symphony has partnered with classical music website San Francisco Classical Voice (SFCV) to launch a chamber music convening website, comm.sfcv.org, as part of the Symphony’s Community of Music Makers program. The new website supports chamber music performance in the community and serves as a clearinghouse to help individual players and ensembles find each other, as well as communicate among each other and with the San…Continue
Added by Greg Cahill on July 19, 2012 at 10:10am — No Comments
Strings magazine is proud to partner with fiddler and chop-master Casey Driessen as he raises funds for Fiddle/Sticks: The Drummer Project. During this year-long journey, Casey will explore the boundaries of his chopping technique as he collaborates with top percussionists. You have an opportunity to contribute to this unique Kickstarter project today and win free prizes at kck.st/fdl-stx.
Here’s what Casey says about…Continue
Added by Greg Cahill on June 22, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Recently I’ve had the opportunity to perform and teach in Asia, affording a view onto an industry landscape much different from the United States.
I hear American musicians complain often of the lack of opportunity to make a living doing music. The world is a big place with a lot of opportunity if you know how to look for it. You can be a huge fish in many parts of the world if you’re willing to do some research and take the plunge. Can you imagine the kinds of…Continue
Added by christian howes on July 9, 2012 at 11:49pm — No Comments
The best danged viola blog ever, straight from our wandering violist Cory Ramey, at the 2012 Int'l Viola Congress. Want some useful player tips? Cory's got 'em!
Added by Greg Cahill on June 1, 2012 at 10:58am — No Comments
Attending my very first Lieder recital, and my first experience of hearing Schubert’s “Winterreise”, at Carnegie Hall in the early 70’s. Sitting up in the last row of the balcony—the cheap seats—listening to that gorgeous voice float up to me and bring me down to the stage, to his world, even his softest…Continue
The musical comedy team of Igudesman and Joo conquer the Montreal Chamber Music Festival. Read Laurence Vittes blog post.
Added by Greg Cahill on May 31, 2012 at 11:49am — No Comments
Read Strings contributor Cory Ramey's first blog on the opening night of the 40th Int'l Viola Congress.
Added by Greg Cahill on May 31, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments
Strings correspondent Laurence Vittes continues his blogs from the Montreal Chamber Music Festival with this report on the Canadian debut of the new James Ehnes String Quartet:
Added by Greg Cahill on May 29, 2012 at 11:40am — No Comments
Chamber-music seminars? Orchestral intensives? Fiddle camps? Check out our searchable online Summer Study Guide. http://bit.ly/KRrRcm
Added by Greg Cahill on May 22, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments
‘Strings’ contributor, educator and violinist Laurel Thomsen will perform a live webcast with guitarist Doug Young and her new Bright Side Band on Thursday, May 24, at 7PM (PDT). http://bit.ly/LoCvpC
Check out Strings Guide series Improve Your Bowing, with text and instructional video on bowing fundamentals by Laurel Thomsen.
Added by Greg Cahill on May 22, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments
Virtual classroom will serve K-12 students and string teachers, bringing the Juilliard School's world-class faculty and resources to string players around the world. Read more.
Added by Greg Cahill on May 16, 2012 at 11:14am — No Comments
What happens in the brain during improvisation, and how do we use this to get better at improvising?
This is exactly the thing Dr. Martin Norgaard researched for his doctorate in music education.
Now a professor at Georgia State University, Martin got together with me recently to talk a little about his findings, share approaches to teaching improvisation and jazz violin, and play some tunes. Martin is a thought leader in our niche and one of…Continue
Added by christian howes on May 18, 2012 at 10:36am — No Comments
Having just returned from the biennial General Meeting of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers, I have a deeper sense of the group's purpose: to unite a group of independent-minded people and to create a community for sharing.
Though gathering violin and bow makers can be a bit like herding cats, the meeting, held May 9–13 in New Orleans, was a thrill-ride for those interested in the history of violin and bow making.
Every good meeting needs a focus, and the…Continue
Added by Greg Olwell on May 21, 2012 at 8:51am — No Comments
The New York Philharmonic, under the baton of of music director Alan Gilbert, performed Sunday, May 13, on the first of a two-night stand at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, and the thundering applause at the close of its encore performance of Bernstein's "Lonely Town: Pas de deux from On the Town" said it all.
The concert was part of a tour of six California cities and, remarkably, the first US tour for the venerable New York Phil since Gilbert took the reins three years…Continue
Added by Greg Cahill on May 15, 2012 at 1:59pm — No Comments
I’m sharing with you today the poster design I’ve done for our next orchestra concert. The major work will be Shostakovich’s 5th symphony besides Bizet Carmen’s second suite and Smetana’s Vysehrad. I think the poster speaks for itself with the predominant red (traditional revolutionary symbol), and the number 5 trapped between the iconic hammer and sickle suggesting the pressure/oppression Shostakovich had to go through under the regime.…Continue
Two dozen semi-finalists are competing this week (May 7-12) for the notoriety of being top gun at the 2012 Queen Elisabeth Int'l Violin Competition.
Top prize—aka the Queen Fabiola Prize—is 25,000 EUR, a series of concert proposals, and the use of the "Huggins" Stradivari (1708), on loan for a period of three years by the Nippon Music Foundation.
The 12 finalists will be selected Saturday, May 12.
The final rounds will be held May 21-26.
The 15-member jury panel…Continue
Added by Greg Cahill on May 11, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments
A quick-and-easy guide to evaluating a new stick
Added by Greg Cahill on May 11, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Anna Stafford-Heifetz writes:
"I wish someone had held a class on the music business when I was at music school. We learned much about playing our instruments, but almost nothing about the business.
"At 23, Los Angeles seemed like some mysterious force that I could tackle no problem with hard work, discipline, and a brilliantly placed stroke of luck. Soon, I thought, very soon, I would be walking down the golden aisle of fame and fortune, with people dying to meet me and shake…Continue
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