Violin

A sister uses her gifts to send messages to fallen soldier

She begins each time by sharpening her tools, with the sound of metal on metal echoing through the sunlit old house she calls both home and workshop. …

Classical CD Of The Week: Brahms From Dresden With Thielemann, Pollini, Batiashvili

Amazon mp3: $33 | Amazon CD: $27| ArkivMusic: $40 | Qobuz download: NA | iTunes mp3: $35<p>Maurizio Pollini has recorded the Brahms Piano Concertos before; first around 1980 with the Vienna Philharmonic (Karl Böhm conducting the First and Claudio Abbado the Second), then in the late 90s with the …

Opinion

The Stolen Stradivarius

Her violin was eventually found, but her career never recovered. Eric C. Simpson reviews “Gone” by Min Kym.<p>There’s a story about Jascha Heifetz, the famously dyspeptic Russian violinist and giant of the golden age of recording: After a concert one evening, an admirer went to visit the soloist in …

The Unorthodox Violin Work of Darragh Morgan

Photo by Frances Marshall.Though he first picked up the violin in the context of Irish traditional music, and undertook classical music studies at …

Orchestras

He played on amidst the chaos of protests - until cops broke his violin

<b>(CNN) —</b> He had become an icon, the violinist who played on as protesters and police clashed around him.<p>But on Wednesday, the music stopped.<p>Wuilly Arteaga says the National Guard took his violin from him and handed it back -- in pieces.<p>"I was playing in the middle of the protest when National Guard …

Venezuela

Venezuela's violin protester shown outpouring of kindness

<b>Venezuelans have rallied online to help a violist who had his instrument broken during a protest.</b><p>Wuilly Arteaga has become a regular fixture at the country's street demonstrations, calmly playing classical tunes amid the chaos.<p>But on Wednesday evening, a video went viral, showing him in tears with …

Venezuela

Venezuela's violin protester shown crying as instrument is 'broken' during anti-government rally

Wuilly Arteaga is a regular fixture at protests that have rocked Caracas for the past two months.<p>A Venezuelan violinist, famous for playing during …

Nicolás Maduro

3D-printed Stradivarius replica is nearly indistinguishable from the real thing

Why it matters to you<p>This 3D-printed replica can put one of the world's most famous violins into your hands.<p>Usually we associate 3D printing with …

Replicas

Listen to ViolinoDigitale, a 3D printed replica of a Stradivarius violin made with wood filament

May 19, 2017 | By Tess<p>Harris Matzaridis of <b>ViolinoDigitale</b> has unveiled an incredible 3D printed violin that quite literally brings music to our ears. …

3D Printing

Here's Why the Concertmaster Is Always a Violinist

Ah, the concertmaster. That confident violinist who strides across the stage after everyone else, lifts her bow, waits for an oboe to sound ‘A’ and …

Orchestras

The musician who taught three-year-olds to master the violin

The violin is one of the most difficult instruments to master, yet Japanese teacher Shinichi Suzuki believed he could teach toddlers to play.<p>Brothers Hideya and Toshiya Taida were two of the first students to graduate from the Suzuki Method.<p>Witness <i>is a World Service programme of the stories of our</i> …

Education

10 Spring and Summer Classical Festivals

<i>Ah, sizzling burgers and a tasty side of the arts. We’ve picked the top festivals in theater, dance, pop and classical that we think you should see this spring and summer around the country.</i><p><b>Aspen Music FestivalAnd School</b><p><b>ASPEN, COLO., JUNE 29-AUG. 20</b> A few themes run through this sprawling festival, …

Joshua Bell

Surfer Who Foiled Global Cyber Attack is magicseaweed User - Magicseaweed.com

Foiling a global cyber attack sounds like a task for the CIA or GCHQ including Bond-eque levels of endeavour and hoopla. Not something regularly …

Surfing

Avan Yu isn't taking his talent for granted

Print<p>Nearing his 30th birthday, Canadian pianist Avan Yu has been wowing audiences for over a dozen years.<p>The youngest entrant, at age 17, to ever …

Orchestras

Tear Gas Doesn't Stop Venezuelan Protester From Playing The Violin

Protests have been steadily building in Caracas, Venezuela — the capital of the once-prosperous, oil-rich nation that's now in economic and political turmoil. Earlier this week, amid the ongoing chaos, a young man named Wuilly Arteaga started playing his violin.<p>A video filmed during the protest …

Venezuela

Immortal Fingertips: Music Teachers Live On Through Their Students

The violinist Aaron Boyd was teaching a master class in Dallas on Friday, Feb. 17, when a student ensemble played a phrase of a Beethoven quartet in a way that made him start. Mr. Boyd, a member of the Escher String Quartet, had been distracted all week by thoughts of Eugene Phillips, his violin …

The Arts

Musical instruments: Modern violins are better than 300-year-old ones

Musical instrumentsModern violins are better than 300-year-old ones<p>So say concert-goers in New York and Paris<p>print-edition iconPrint edition | …

Business (UK)

These wind turbines were inspired by hummingbirds

Among the common charges against traditional wind turbines are their noise and the threat they pose to birds. Designing with those complaints in …

Lifestyle

Esa-Pekka Salonen & Philharmonia Orchestra

featuring Yu-Chien Benny Tseng (曾宇謙), violin<p>After a very hot day in Taipei and a train ride back down to the new(ish) opera house, which I haven’t …

Orchestras

Amid the tear gas of Caracas, the haunting strains of a young violinist

Protesters shouted as they crowded the chaotic streets of Caracas, Venezuela, shielding themselves from the billowing smoke and the tear gas canisters catapulting toward them.<p>But as the turmoil unfolded, demonstrators could hear the eerie sound of violin music. It came from a young man, standing …

Teargas

Violinist plays amid violent protest in Venezuela

Surrounded by tear gas, a violinist plays the Venezuelan national anthem amid violent anti-government protest in Caracas.

Venezuela

Violinist plays through the clashes in Venezuela

A protester plays Venezuela's national anthem on the violin in the streets of Caracas while riot cops fire tear gasduring a demonstration against President Nicolas Maduro's efforts to reform the constitution in a deadly political crisis. Video provided by AFP Newslook

Nicolás Maduro

HK girl, 12, wins top prize at international violin competition

A Hong Kong girl has won the top prize in the junior category at a prestigious international violin competition, adding to her reputation as a …

Hong Kong

Man's musical protest in Venezuela

As tear gas canisters and Molotov cocktails flew around him, this man carried on playing the violin during protests in Caracas, Venezuela.

Venezuela

Review: Vienna's Ugly Duckling Orchestra In Swan Mode At The Musikverein

Vienna, at the Musikverein’s “Golden Hall”, Sunday May 7th, 3.30PM. I’ll stop writing about it when it stops happening: The Haydn Symphony as the lazy, usually under-rehearsed throw-away overture. The orchestral warm-up. My eternal source of complauding™. What adds to the pre-aggravation is seeing …

Opinion

Players and Listeners Both Prefer a New Violin to a Stradivarius

The old masterpieces lose for a third time in a new study.<p>In 2012, Claudia Fritz from Sorbonne University packed a small concert hall near Paris with 55 volunteers from the violin world, including musicians, violin makers, music critics, composers, and more. From the stage, she asked seven …

Orchestras

Forgotten Romantic violin concertos

When it comes to violin concertos, concert programme content is pretty predictable. Jeremy Nicholas throws down the gauntlet to those responsible …

Orchestras

Music fans can't tell the difference between a new violin and a traditional Stradivarius

The French study busts the myth that old violins 'project' the sound more effectively<p>There’s a popular myth among classical musicians that old …

Is A Stradivarius Violin Easier To Hear? Science Says Nope

Another day, another study undercutting the myth surrounding the 18th-century Italian violin maker Antonio Stradivari.<p>Since the early 20th century, musicians and instrument experts have been trying to figure out what, if anything, makes the violins he made sound better.<p>Dedicated NPR listeners and …

Classical Music

Syria war: Refugee who fled Homs with violin releases album

<b>A Syrian refugee who fled the fighting in his country carrying a violin on his back is to have an album released by a major record label.</b><p>Rami, 21, was a music student and left the city of Homs in 2015. He now lives in Germany, after crossing eight countries, often on foot.<p>During his journey through …

Refugees