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Should violin makers embrace cutting edge computer analysis?

In recent years there has been an explosion of information available on fine violins, with high-quality photographs, measurements and detailed …

BBC Radio 3 - Performing Miracles at the Proms - Captivating Concertos at the Proms

Reading Arnold Steinhardt's 'Violin Dreams'

Written by Laurie Niles
Published: August 29, 2015 at 5:05 AM [UTC]

I have to confess that I have some lingering old-world customs in my life, beyond …


10 Years After Katrina

Written by Laurie Niles
Published: August 26, 2015 at 3:42 AM [UTC]

Hurricane Katrina was one of the most destructive natural disasters in United States …

New Orleans

Foreign Views, International Press, Translated Journalism

Ever wonder what the world knows you don't? Worldcrunch for the best foreign-language journalism. Delivered in English. Worldcrunch all news is global


Local violinist, instructor heads to China to perform, teach master classes

(ROCKWALL, TX – August 28, 2015) Violinist Hubert Pralitz, an instructor at the Rockwall School of Music, will travel to China in September to tour …


A Few Minutes With Black Violin

Black Violin’s Will Baptiste talks to Pollstar about touring, music education and how Stereotypes is the perfect name for the duo’s new album. “We’re


Can you play violin? Canadian composer John Oswald needs you for #1,000strings project | Toronto Star | The Times

Canadian composer John Oswald is greatest recognized for his technological improvements in music.

However he’s turning to actual reside individuals — …


What Size Violin Does My Child Need?

August 29, 2013 at 4:16 PM

What size violin does my child need?

My friend Heather asked me this question, and I realized, a lot of people must be …

Dmitry Smirnov wins 2015 Tibor Varga Violin Competition Sion Valais

Dmitry Smirnov was yesterday named the winner of the 2015 Tibor Varga International Violin Competition Sion Valais in Switzerland. The 21-year-old …


EIF 2015: The Mutter Virtuosi, Usher Hall, Review

Toronto Star

Ray Chen reviews YOUR videos: Upbow Staccato

Jazz Star heads to Cossington

THERE aren't many jazz violinists in the world and even fewer who can also play classic music.

John Pearce, who hails from the West Country, is one of …


The Australian news

The 3-D Printed Violin That Could Lead to a New Stradivarius

This 3-D printed violin is a new kind of musical instrument, and may well be a harbinger of what’s to come.The post The 3-D Printed Violin That Could …


Lindsey Stirling performs live -- not to a studio-recorded track

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The young busker who just kept on busking!

The story of a young busker who just kept on busking! Madison Glinski picked up her violin with the aim of raising five hundred pounds for Children's …


Violinist a musical perfectionist

The family's house in Spreydon was quieter than Scotty was used to – his wife Norma says he was "most upset" when he could no longer see trains going …

New Zealand News

The Week in Reviews, Op. 95: Christian Tetzlaff; Ray Chen; Simone Lamsma

Written by Laurie Niles
Published: August 18, 2015 at 10:41 PM [UTC]

In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, each …

What Are the Benefits of Playing the Violin? Some May Surprise You.

Written by Thomas McGregor
Published: August 26, 2014 at 11:04 PM [UTC]

I'm very excited about this article! Mainly because we are flooded with so much …


Carpe Diem

By Kate Little: Playing in an an orchestra has been my goal since beginning violin studies. After 3-1/2 years, it is time to try. Monday evening I …

Carpe Diem

Anne Akiko Meyers apologizes for racially insensitive Facebook post

Written by Laurie Niles
Published: August 21, 2015 at 5:55 AM [UTC]

Anne Akiko Meyers said she was just trying to pose a question, with her …


Making a violin - from start to finish

French violin maker Dominique Nicosia is filmed by Baptiste Buob while making an instrument at the Museum of Violin and Bow Making in Mirecourt.

A …


7 tips for performing from memory

Memory-playing is your next step towards advancement in music. It will open up many new and bigger opportunities to you as well as a higher standing …

Machine Learning

How gut strings are made

A setp-by-step guide to the process of making gut strings for bowed instruments.

Warning – contains images of animal intestines.

Smetana: String Quartets: no.1 in E minor ‘From My Life’; no.2 in D minor



Pavel Haas Quartet



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Recording the two Smetana quartets is a rite of …

Another all-male indie band? Not at Anna Bulbrook's #GIRLSCHOOL in Silver Lake

Lunchtime at the Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles is when campers get the chance to watch guest artists perform for inspiration.

Anna Bulbrook, multi-instrumentalist of the L.A. indie group the Bulls, visited the camp with her new band to play and answer questions. But it was Bulbrook who …

Indie Music

Masterclass with Ray Chen: Upbow staccato