Violin

‘Healthy’ Obese Still Face Higher Heart Disease Risk

Strictly 'healthy' obesity is pretty rare.<p>Even without high blood pressure or other signs of illness, obese adults have a much higher risk of developing heart disease than normal-weight peers, according to a study from Denmark.<p>The results contradict recent research suggesting a subgroup of obese …

Joshua Bell

Making sweet music here again

Zoe Freisberg<p>The winner of the 2016 Kendall National Violin Competition, is coming back to give a recital.<p>Zoe Freisberg, who won the hearts of the …

Music

Grammy-nominated violinist hopes for a 'moment' at SDSU's Campanile festival

Violinist Jesse Mills has a simple wish for people attending his concerts — that they experience the “moment.”<p>“What I always want is for people to …

Festivals

Musical mystique: Why centuries-old Stradivari violins smash auction records

(CNN)Samuel Staples, a fresh-faced 20-year-old from London's Guildhall School of Music & Drama, appears nonchalant.<p>His black leather jacket is off and he's raring to go. His excitement is palpable. He's been playing the violin since he was five, but this is the first time anyone has let him loose …

Classical Music

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 …

Empathy

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Sound Design

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

BBC Radio 6 Music - Steve Lamacq, Live from South By Southwest, "We've passed a man wearing a wolf mask playing the violin..." Steve walks round SXSW 2017

Steve returns to Austin, Texas, to cover the South By Southwest festival in its 30th anniversary year. Wandering around the festival, Steve bumps into an artist performing an impromptu rap, takes in a gig from Valerie June, and plays a track from power-trio Hiccup.<p>Last year, the festival showcased …

Music

A brilliant Prokofiev First Violin Concerto from Dallas Symphony concertmaster Alexander Kerr | Dallas Symphony

For an encore, Kerr graciously included co-concertmaster Nathan Olson, another excellent musician hired by van Zweden, in the flashy second movement …

Classical Music

Anne-Sophie Mutter: Struggle Makes the Musician

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter has been deliberately uncomfortable for 40 years.<p>“For a musician, if you feel comfortable something is wrong with you. …

Flute

Anne-Sophie Mutter, famed violinist, returns to San Francisco’s Davies Hall

Not all musically gifted children proceed from their first music lessons to fame and acclaim on the world’s great concert stages. But German-born …

Flute

Regional Spotlight: Fiddle or Violin?

Violinist Arianna Kim grew up in the Twin Cities, and she now has a flourishing career as a chamber musician throughout the country. Her newest …

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

Under Eschenbach, NSO pays dutiful homage to greatness

On a day when many in Washington were debating the vitality and necessity of the arts, the National Symphony Orchestra convened at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall to pay homage to some of the great works of human creation.<p>They’re things we take for granted, these musical masterpieces of the Western …

Music

Cal Phil’s Multi-Talented Father Son Duo Featured in Virtuoso Strings During Music, Martini’s and The Maestro Series

Photo courtesy of CALPHILThe last Sunday in March may be the first time that Music, Martinis and the Maestro concert-goers have been treated to the …

Classical Music

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

A Stolen, Then Recovered, Stradivarius Returns To The Stage

In music, a coda is a passage that brings a musical composition to an end. This is the coda to a musical saga — the story of the Stradivarius violin that was stolen 37 years ago from my late father, violinist Roman Totenberg, and recovered in 2015.<p>That violin, made by Antonio Stradivari in 1734, …

Music

Stolen Stradivarius violin returns to the stage

<b>A rare and valuable Stradivarius violin has returned to the concert stage in New York more than 36 years after it was stolen.</b><p>The instrument was played at a private concert by Mira Wang, a student of its former owner, virtuoso violinist Roman Totenberg.<p>The violin was taken from Totenberg's dressing …

Music

Stradivarius heard for first time since 1980 theft

NEW YORK (AP) — The three daughters of renowned violinist Roman Totenberg heard the sound of their late father's Stradivarius for the first time since it was stolen nearly four decades ago.<p>The prized 18th century instrument came back to life Monday night at a private Manhattan concert, tucked under …

Entertainment

Minnows

<i>The following is an excerpt from musician and memoirist Marcia Butler’s new book</i> The Skin Above My Knee<i>, just published by Little, Brown.</i><p><b>Audiences</b> …

Flute

Star violinist Veronika Eberle

Veronika Eberle is one of Germany’s greatest violin talents and plays with many world-famous orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic and the London Philharmonic. But she remains down to earth.

Are We Growing Disconnected in an Age of Connectivity?

Source: PexelsOn a recent trip to San Francisco, I saw a man lying on the sidewalk. I had just crossed a street that borders Union Square and was …

Joshua Bell

Chinese woman wins bronze in int'l violin making contest

Chinese teacher and professional viola maker Wang Yanli has taken home a bronze medal at the Malta International Violin Making Competition.The …

Amplified tiny house lets musician homeowner rock out in the great outdoors

Electric violin player Asha Mevlana wanted a home that combined her love of music with her need to scale down her lifestyle – so she came up with the …

Houses

Dating Stradivari's "Antonius" Violin

Establishing the exact date that a great instrument was made can be an important way of understanding how it fits into musical history and also …

Art Museums

Why Giving Up Playing Music When You’ve Grown Up Is Bad For Your Brain

Do you know that every year, almost 100% of public school students in America begin an instrument if a school music program exists in their school? …

Flute

Who Stole Erica Morini’s $3.5 Million Stradivarius Violin

In 1995, as the 91-year-old Erica Morini lay in hospital, her beloved $3.5 Stradivarius violin was discovered missing. The thief’s identity has never been established, and the instrument remains missing.<p>An image search for Erica Morini returns a veritable life album of the violinist posing with her …

Classical Music

‘I found my purpose’: Hip-hop violinist Damien Escobar shares inspiring journey

Musician Damien Escobar fought through depression and homelessness, and is now performing to huge crowds across the United States. TODAY’s Craig Melvin met the hip-hop violinist on the set of his latest video to hear his inspiring story.

Music

Don’t distract from the music with trivial observations

Why does music critic Anne Midgette so frequently seize upon a trivial observation in a music review that distorts an otherwise accurate description of the concert as a whole? The latest example was her Feb. 17 music review, “Stunning violinist helps bring NSO program to life” [Style]. Midgette …

Opinion

Kim Kardashian shared video of North West playing the violin, and it almost killed us

Proving that the apple doesn’t fall far from the musically-inclined tree, here’s a video of little North West playing the violin and stealing our …

Pop Culture