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Vanessa Mae on nightmare of being accused by ski chiefs of cheating

• Thai musician has had her name cleared by Court of Arbitration for Sport• 
Had been accused of gaining her Olympic place by fraud and was banned


New Hong Kong string quartet shines in eclectic show

The city’s first homegrown string quartet has shown as much resilience and energy as its name suggests.

The Romer String Quartet, name after Romer’s …

Hong Kong

Jury Member Explains Why They Gave No Gold to Violinists at the Tchaikovsky

Written by Laurie Niles
Published: July 2, 2015 at 5:05 AM [UTC]

After Wednesday's unusual outcome in the violin division of the 2015 International …


Vote: Did anyone deserve gold in the Tchaikovsky Competition?

Written by Laurie Niles
Published: July 3, 2015 at 2:33 PM [UTC]

As you have probably read earlier this week, the violin jury of the Tchaikovsky …


No Gold for Violinists in the Tchaikovsky Competition; Janine Jansen's Chamber Festival


Master Level Ways to Practice Double Stops

#TCH15 - Live Interview: Maxim Vengerov

Mark Ronson's 'Uptown Funk' - NYO Inspire Orchestra 2015

Fairy Tail Theme on Violin - Taryn Harbridge

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, 1st movement

Give Money For Greece - Igudesman & Joo

#TCH15 - Daily Journal Violin: "A Tough Decision"

“Sneak preview - rocking out to @iammarkronson 's Uptown Funk! #NYOInspire”

RANT - East Church


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How to successfully network at a post-concert reception

Robert Mann, for 50 years first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet, tells a story about the group’s early days, when they were touring in the …


VC ‘Young Artist’ Yu-Chien Benny Tseng Awarded Top Prize at Tchaikovsky Violin Comp

20 year old VC ‘Young Artist’ Yu-Chien Benny Tseng, from Taiwan has just minutes ago been awarded 2nd prize, this year’s highest accolade, at the 2015 …


Front and Center: Professional Electric and Acoustic Violinist, Bridgid Bibbens

The WiMN’s Front and Center is a weekly column that showcases accomplished women who work in the music and audio industries. We spotlight successful


Jillian Rae @ Mankato Brewery


Dreary outcome at the Tchaikovsky Competition

July 1, 2015 by norman lebrecht

There were four exciting finalists in the piano contest, the only one that really matters.

The winner was not one of …


MEET THE PROS | Australian VC 'Artist' Ray Chen – ‘VC 20 Questions’

The Violin Channel recently caught up with 2009 Queen Elisabeth Competition 1st Prize winner, Australian VC ‘Artist’ Ray Chen – in Brussels.

We sat the …


Stars Shine at Janine Jansen's International Chamber Music Festival 2015

By Heather Kurzbauer: Festivals of all sizes, shapes and orientations burst forth with special gusto in the summer season. From the well-established …

Chamber Music

The Week in Reviews, Op. 88: Sarah Chang, Gil Shaham, Joo Yeong Sir

Written by Laurie Niles
Published: June 30, 2015 at 6:12 PM [UTC]

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

Danny Elfman

No Gold Given in the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition Violin Division

Written by Laurie Niles
Published: July 1, 2015 at 5:36 PM [UTC]

In a puzzling presentation Wednesday in Moscow, the 2015 International Tchaikovsky …


Lindsey Stirling at Žluté Lázně

Youtube star has more than 1 billion views of her videos

Lindsey Stirling has certainly had the last laugh. She was rudely mocked on a TV talent show …

News (Europe)

Model High's Tim Reynolds brings his high-energy violin back to First Friday

Tim Reynolds is bringing his dynamic violin back home for the First Friday Concert on July 3 during the Independence Day weekend Block Party planned …


Delco craftsman makes world-class instruments

On more than five acres of verdant woodland in Delaware County toils one of the world’s most accomplished luthiers.

Since arriving in the Philadelphia …

Classical Music