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Video: ‪#‎volinist‬ Rachel Barton Pine performs her own virtuoso arrangement of 'Happy Birthday' – ‘Introduction, Theme and Variations on the Birthday Song’ – in 2007:

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Ravi Shankar: ‘Our teaching is based on oral tradition; our music is not written down.’
Yehudi Menuhin: ‘That’s why it’s alive!’

Video: ‪#‎violinist‬ Menuhin discusses and plays Indian music with his friend and colleague Shankar:

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'There were jury members who believed different ‪#‎violinists‬ should have made it to the final...'

Andrew Mellor reports from this year's Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition:

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Duo Urba – ‪#‎cellist‬ Marius Urba and ‪#‎pianist‬ Vita Kan – has won first prize at the 12th Lyon International Chamber Music Competition, this year dedicated to cello and piano:

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Video: James Ehnes performs Tchaikovsky on the Guarneri del Gesú ‘Lord Wilton’ ‪#‎violin‬, 1742 – one of Yehudi Menuhin's favourite instruments and featured in The Strad's May issue:

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Video: ‪#‎cellist‬ Mischa Maisky and ‪#‎pianist‬ Martha Argerich perform Grieg's Cello Sonata.

Cellist Danjulo Ishizaka continues The Strad's marked-up sheet music series with the work’s first movement – giving bowings, fingerings and ideas for interpretation in our May issue:

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The captain said: ‘It is not going on because I say so’

Rachel Barton Pine was denied boarding an American Airlines flight from Chicago to Albuquerque with her 1742 Guarneri del Gesú ‘Soldat’ ‪#‎violin‬ yesterday:

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WIN a copy of 'Antonio Stradivari: Disegni / Modelli / Forme'

The new book and DVD contains all 1,300 artefacts from Stradivari's workshop, now housed in the collection of Cremona's Museo del Violino:

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'Anything that one wants to do really, one must do every day. It should be easy to the artist and natural as flying is to a bird’

Video: ‪#‎violinist‬ Yehudi Menuhin talks about the importance of practice:

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'I suspect his intonation issues stem from a genuine inability to hear if the note is exactly in tune...'

How can you help a ‪#‎violin‬ student whose intonation isn’t improving – and who doesn’t seem to be aware of the problem? Three string teachers offer advice:

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Following the news that Kyung Wha Chung has signed an exclusive recording contract with Warner Classics & Erato, it has been announced that the ‪#‎violinist‬ is to open this year's Verbier Festival:

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'Being judgemental in itself is not something we need to avoid; rather, we should not be emotionally indulgent'

Just how self-critical do we musicians need to be to get the best out of ourselves, asks Pauline Harding:

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