Violin

Engineers made a robotic arm for this girl to play the violin

A 10-year-old girl born with no left hand is playing the violin, thanks to a specially designed prosthetic built by undergraduates at George Mason …

Robotics

Stradivarius Violin Painting

A Stradivarius violin is built by members of the Italian family Stradivari during the 17th and 18th centuries. This is my interpretation of one. …

Gone by Min Kym review – moving memoir of a former child prodigy

The story of the gifted virtuoso who grew up to international stardom – and then her beloved violin was stolen<p>In <i>Gone</i>, Min Kym’s memoir about her life as a violin soloist, she relates a possibly apocryphal legend about the French violinist Ginette Neveu, who was touring when her plane crashed into a …

Classical Music

Blind Listening: This Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments

<i>In addition to reviews, features and news during the week, our critics and reporters collect the best of what they’ve heard: notes that sent shivers down their spines, memorable voices, quotations that cut to the heart of the story.</i><p><i>Read the rest of our classical music coverage</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>BANG ON A CAN, …

Classical Music

What’s it like to have a £1.2m Stradivarius stolen?

20 April 2017, 12:46<p>By Lizzie Davis<p>In 2010 violinist Min Kym had her Stradivarius violin stolen in Euston station. The violin was recovered – but …

Flute

Basel CO/Hope/Nilsson review – emphatic Bach and intense Bartók

Wigmore Hall, London Daniel Hope tore into Mendelssohn’s early violin concerto at the expense of the work’s charm, Basel Chamber Orchestra’s strings came into their own with Bartok and Frank Martin works in the second half.<p>Given by the Basel Chamber Orchestra’s strings, this was an evening of two …

Classical Music

This 14-Year-Old Prodigy Cellist Won A Coveted National Music Competition

While most teens are consumed with navigating puberty, Ifetayo Ali-Landing is busy being a cello master. A student at the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute …

Flute

Iraqi Violinist Plays in Mosul as Troops Battle ISIS

MOSUL, Iraq — Amid the bombed-out ruins of an ancient site revered by both Muslims and Christians in Mosul, Iraqi violinist Ameen Mukdad on Wednesday held a small concert in the city he was forced to flee by ISIS militants.<p>As Mukdad played scores he had composed in secret while living under the …

World News

Violinist brings music back to Mosul

Musician Ameen Mukdad has given his first public performance in the Iraqi city of Mosul since so-called Islamic State banned music and seized his instruments.<p>About 20 people watched the small concert, held at the site revered as the burial place of the prophet known as Jonah in the Bible, and …

Iraq

New Classical Tracks: Mutterissimo - The Art Of Anne-Sophie Mutter

http://www.classicalmpr.org/story/2017/04/19/new-classical-tracks-mutterissimo-the-art-of-annesophie-mutter<p>One of the greatest violinists of our …

Music

After Coming Out As Gay, A Russian Violinist's New Reality

A 23-year-old, Russian-born violinist named Artem Kolesov is capturing international attention after posting a YouTube video in which he comes out as gay.<p>The son of two Pentecostal pastors in a small town an hour away from Moscow, Kolesov says that he has struggled for most of his life to reconcile …

LGBTQ

New Hampshire woman picks up the violin again after 80 years

Nearly 80 years after she played her last note, 94-year-old Mary Grindstaff has started taking lessons again to play violin, decades after her family …

Guitar Lessons

Russian Violinist Comes Out: "Every Night I Would Pray God Would Deliver Me"

Russian Violinist Comes Out: “Every Night I Would Pray God Would Deliver Me”<p>"I often heard that... if anyone in our family turns out to be gay, my …

LGBTQ

‘Variety’ guides Itzhak Perlman in his Civic Opera House program

Itzhak Perlman might just be the closest thing we have to a modern-day fiddler on the roof.Among the handful of classical musicians whose names fall …

Classical Music

BBC Radio 3 - Early Music Late, Barocco Boreale

Simon Heighes presents highlights of a concert given by Barocco Boreale at the Liminka church as part of the Oulunsalo Music Festival in Finland. Kreeta-Maria Kantala is the soloist in Vivaldi's complete Four Seasons, and mezzo-soprano Virpi Raisanin sings Dopo notte from Handel's …

Classical Music

How to Avoid Injury as a Violinist

1<p><b>Make sure you're in a clear, open space with no chance of bumping into people or things.</b> Do a full stroke of your bow and see where your elbow …

Yoga

5 reasons to visit the birthplace of the violin

Cremona is a small city in northern Italy and is famous as the number one center of violin makers in the world. This art has been handed down through …

Mediterranean

Violin Made of 16,000 Matchsticks Is 80-Years-Old and Still Sounds Sublime

How do you expect to hold up in about 80 years time? Fairly weathered? Perhaps with some type of in-cranium cyborg implant? If you do end up getting …

Classical Music

Only If Architecture creates mirrored New York office space that rejects coworking tropes

New York firm Only If Architecture intentionally avoided contemporary office stereotypes, such as ping-pong tables and juice bars, when designing …

Design

10 Things to Do in NYC Now

<b>A Creation That’s Complete at Last</b><p><b>‘Sunday in the Park With George’ at the Hudson Theater</b><p>Georges finally finishes his hat when this revival of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s musical, directed by Sarna Lapine, Mr. Lapine’s niece, and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford, concludes its …

The Arts

Brisbane YouTubers crowdfund their way to global violin tour

When Brett Yang and Eddy Chen played a rendition of their favourite violin piece on the streets of Sydney last month, hundreds of people stopped and …

Flute

Out of the Closet

The strange case of Erica Morini’s Stradivarius<p>By Sudip Bose<p>April 13, 2017<p>Seven years ago, a 31-year-old violinist named Min Kym was at London’s …

Flute

Vida Sophia discusses balancing emotions and sounds on her new EP

The self-titled collection follows last year's debut EP <i>Soundtrack</i> and continues to show the multi-faceted talent of Barat. It spana an array of …

Music (UK)

Classical Music in NYC This Week

<i>Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera.</i><p><b>ANNE AKIKO MEYERS</b> at the 92nd Street Y (April 20, 7:30 p.m.). Armed with one of the most coveted instruments in the field, this violinist has built her reputation on a polished sound and brilliant technique. For this recital, at which she will …

Classical Music

A Musical Feast for Passover with Itzhak Perlman

http://www.classicalmpr.org/story/2017/04/10/a-musical-feast-for-passover-with-itzhak-perlman<p>The springtime Jewish holiday of Passover is about …

Classical Music

Taroko Design notebooks

Few weeks ago Mishka from <i>BureauDirect, UK</i> asked me if I would like to try and test very hard one of the A5 size notebooks (or A5 notebook insert) …

The many reasons why less is more for the people choosing modest lives

The idea of a life lived modestly is gaining traction. Ten years ago, Samantha Weinberg, a mother of two young children, spent a year not shopping. …

Psychology

Lessons Learned On The Way To The Oscars

“Story” is a well-worn term in healthcare marketing. We call Facebook posts “stories,” sales aids “brand stories” and anyone who creates them …

Storytelling

Penn researchers investigate how songbirds teach themselves songs

Music can be a powerful form of expression. It's especially important for songbirds such as zebra finches, which learn the songs of their fathers in …

Neurology

The Top 50 unsolved encrypted messages: 38. The Sufi Fiddle mystery

<i>An inscription found on the inside of an old fiddle has never been deciphered.</i><i>Click here for the complete top 50 list</i>A few years ago, when I leaved …