Violin

By hamwhacker | Recent violin news, reviews and videos for fans of the instrument.

Whatever happened to improvisation in classical music?

There are some concert tickets up for grabs tonight. You can choose between seeing some of your favourite violinists of today performing works by …

Classical Music

9 ways for musicians to think like top athletes

<b>1. Love of your profession</b><br>My thesis advisor called it simply ‘joy’. Musicians have to remember that love of music is what got them started in the …

Self-improvement

Malta International Violin Making Competition 2017 names winners

The Malta International Violin Making Competition, which took place in February 2017, has named its category winners.<p>Run by the Central Academy of …

China

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter donates performance fee to refugee charities

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, conductor Herbert Blomstedt and the Gewandhaus Orchestra have donated their fees from a concert last weekend to two …

Violin

Nathan Meltzer wins Windsor Festival International String Competition in U.K.

March 19, 2017, 8:25 PM · Congratulations to the winners of the Windsor Festival International String Competition!<p>They are:<p>First Place and Audience …

British Royal Family

The Week in Reviews, Op. 173: James Ehnes, Angelo Xiang Yu, Alexander Kerr

March 20, 2017, 4:54 PM · In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, Violinist.com each week presents links to reviews of …

Violin

Brain of a Violist -- the real chart!

By Laurie Niles: Several weeks ago we created a Brain of a Violinist chart, in response to Classic FM's cute series of pie charts which, nonetheless, …

Violin

Royal Scottish National Orchestra, superstar soloist headed to Daytona

Perfection in the literal sense is ever-elusive, but that doesn’t prevent Nicola Benedetti from pursuing it.<p>It may be difficult to convince an …

Violinist Stephen Waarts Wins Avery Fisher Career Grant

At age 20, Los Altos’s Stephen Waarts has a collection of awards and honors that could make a violinist three times his age blush. Last week, Waarts …

Henschel Quartett brings award-winning sound to Bryan Tuesday night

An international award-winning music group, The Henschel Quartett from Munich, Germany, will pay tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach Tuesday night …

Long-lost Stradivarius violin thrills audiences again

After being lost for decades, a rare Stradivarius violin is ready to thrill audiences again.<p>The 18th century instrument was stolen from its owner, violinist Roman Totenberg, who died in 2012.<p>Recovered two years ago, it has just been played in public at a private concert in New York by his former …

European News

Carnegie Hall opportunity excites Chinese violinist

Carnegie Hall is about a 25-minute walk from Wang Jiazhi's apartment. It's a favorite place to visit for the Chinese violinist, who has watched …

Performing Arts

Congratulations to the finalists and thank you to all the competitors who gave AMAZING recitals today. Also thank you @WindsorFestival staff https://t.co/s12XQRUyPi

Windsor Festival @WindsorFestival

Windsor Festival International String Competition Semi-finals<p>Periscope<p>video<p>https://www.periscope.tv/w/1mnxeVmWrLrKX<p>contact@periscope.tv

Unclassifiable Black Violin keeps kicking down musical walls

Beethoven, Biggie Smalls or both?<p>Tchaikovsky, Tupac or the two together?<p>Mozart, Mos Def or most anything you’ve enjoyed hearing in three-plus decades …

Music

Royal Scottish National Orchestra performs at Van Wezel

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has just started its first tour of the United States in 35 years, and one of its first stops will be in …

Helen Wong Won First Prize at William Marbury Competition for Violin

Helen Wong, student of Keng-Yuen Tseng, won first prize at the William Marbury Prize Competition for Violin. The top prize includes $1,000 and a …

Entertainment

Young Artist's Spotlight: YOOF Soloists Part 2

This week on Young Artists Spotlight we feature five violin soloists who are who are studying with instructor Limor Toren-Immerman. All are also …

Music

Carnegie Hall opportunity excites Chinese violinist

Carnegie Hall is about a 25-minute walk from Wang Jiazhi's apartment. It's a favorite place to visit for the Chinese violinist, who has watched …

Classical Music

V.com weekend vote: Should we encourage audience members to record and share live performances?

By Laurie Niles: We know the enemy of the live concert experience: the cell phone. Right?When left in the wrong mode, its chirrupy ring tone can …

Concerts

Interview with Sirena Huang, First Prize Winner in the 2017 Oliveira Competition

February 28, 2017, 12:17 PM · Now that's some bold playing, and a bold choice.<p>Those were my thoughts, the last time I saw violinist Sirena Huang …

Flute

Interview with Daniel Hope: Four Seasons, For Seasons

March 2, 2017, 11:36 AM · Violinist Daniel Hope still vividly remembers the first time he heard Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" as a child: "I'd ever …

Music

The Week in Reviews, Op. 170: Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Karen Gomyo, Vilde Frang

February 27, 2017, 4:40 PM · In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, Violinist.com each week presents links to reviews of …

Classical Music

A Masterclass with Ray Chen

February 26, 2017, 8:48 PM · If Ray Chen weren’t busy making a name for himself as a superb violin soloist and social media sensation, he could …

Concerto

Reading or Remembering-The Case Against Memorization

February 27, 2017, 7:11 AM · Musicians juggle rhythm, harmony and melody routinely. That doesn’t mean that it ever gets easier. They just get better …

Flute

Finally a Tux by Violinists for Violinists

By Michael O'Gieblyn: Hey everybody, This is a review of the FLEXTUX, a tuxedo made by violinists for violinists (and other classical musicians too) …

Formal Wear

The Week in Reviews, Op. 169: Hilary Hahn, Christian Tetzlaff, Alina Ibragimova

By Laurie Niles: In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, Violinist.com each week presents links to reviews of notable …

Classical Music

Laurie's Violin School: Nine Tips for Preparing for a Successful Recital Performance

April 20, 2015, 7:54 AM ·<p>Whether you are preparing for a long solo recital or to play as part of a studio recital, here are some tips to help you …

Flute

Mind Your Habits

February 23, 2017, 3:52 PM · Are you creating good habits?<p>A few years ago I picked up a book in the airport called The Power of Habit, which made a …

Bad Habits