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Some in-depth and well-researched ideas about interpreting the works of Franz Schubert, from violinist Tomas Cotik:
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Interpreting Schubert. January 19, 2017, 5:24 PM · Recently I made a recording of Schubert's complete works for violin and piano with pianist Tao Lin, and an important goal in approaching our recording was to make informed decisions and interpretations inspired by knowledge of Schubert's times.
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"In a time which was unbearable and unthinkable for most of us, they were able to somehow create music." Daniel Hope performs works written to fight oppression.
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Daniel Hope: Using Music to Fight Oppression. January 19, 2017, 12:36 AM · "I will not remain silent." This is the name of a violin concerto that Berlin-based Daniel Hope is performing this week in Los Angeles, but it also could be his personal motto. A prolific artist of many talents as well as a activist, ...
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Weekend vote: What should a teacher do when a student hasn't practiced this week?
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V.com weekend vote: What should a teacher do when a student hasn't practiced? January 13, 2017, 9:57 AM · Most of us have probably been there: that first lesson after a vacation or busy week, when little or no practice has occurred. Now it's time to play for your teacher, and it doesn't feel so great.
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For the Record: Jack Liebeck records the lesser-known Bruch Concerto No. 2; Nigel Kennedy celebrates turning 60 with an album of his own compositions.
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For the Record, Op. 11: Jack Liebeck play Bruch; Nigel Kennedy's 'My World'; Rostropovich Collection. January 12, 2017, 12:23 PM · Welcome to "For the Record," Violinist.com's weekly roundup of new releases of recordings by violinists, violists, cellists and other classical musicians. We hope it helps ...
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Students come to the violin with all kinds of different motivations, and they bring the instrument into their lives in all kinds of different ways. That's something to celebrate.
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I had to ask myself this question as I was helping one of my longtime violin students, a high school senior, get comfortable with the rhythms in Chick Corea's Children's Song No. 1, which his school jazz band was making into a piece for keyboard, violin and trumpet. Yes, he's in his school's jazz band, not ...
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NAMM Show 2017: Octave Strings, Electric Violins, 3D-Printed Violins and other fun stuff!

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Octave Strings, Electric Violins, 3D-Printed Violins and other fun stuff from NAMM 2017. January 20, 2017, 1:31 PM · Electric Violins, Octave Strings, a 3D-printed fiddle, a new kind of Manhasset stand -- these were a few of the innovations I found Thursday at the annual NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif.
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How can a 10-year-old learn 2 challenging pieces in 5 days? It's quite astonishing! Behold young #violinist Leia Zhu:
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"No bombast, no over-screwed tension, no showing-off, no probing rubato, no contrived drama." Our weekly roundup of reviews, with Nicola Benedetti, Vadim Gluzman, Gil Shaham and more.
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The Week in Reviews, Op. 164: Nicola Benedetti, Vadim Gluzman, Gil Shaham. January 17, 2017, 12:27 PM · In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, Violinist.com each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world. Nicola Benedetti performed ...
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Something violinist Holly Mulcahy discovered when playing for prisoners was that the presence of live musicians was as meaningful as the music itself.
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Violin in Prison. January 12, 2017, 1:55 PM · There comes a time in every professional violinist's life when they look at their career and ask: Is this all I can do? Playing symphonies, solo recitals, and concertos is a heavy work load. But some days the question comes up: Am I really making a difference in ...
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Ahh, that a violinist could barge into a record company board meeting, play the entire Sibelius + get a record deal on the spot! Fantasy or not, Ray Chen signed with Decca.
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Ray Chen Signs with Decca Classics. January 12, 2017, 11:37 AM · Ahh, it's a beautiful fantasy, that a violinist could barge into a record company board meeting, whip out his fiddle and play the entire Sibelius Concerto, holding the board members rapt for 35 minutes until they jumped to their feet in ...
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