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Heifetz Institute launches first ever Virtual Institute on June 25

Heifetz Institute launches first ever Virtual Institute  The Heifetz International Music Institute has taken the bold step to innovate a Virtual Institute for Summer 2020, the first such action taken by a premier music program nationwide, the Institute announced in a news release.  In addition to creating a new paradigm in online training, the Institute will […]

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VALE CHARLIE DANIELS

VALE CHARLIE DANIELS Charlie Daniels, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame who sang “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” recorded with Bob Dylan and was a vocal supporter of U.S. veterans, died Monday morning after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke. He was 83. By the time the Charlie Daniels Band topped the charts with “Devil” […]

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Nanaimo fiddle instructors recognized for contributing to city’s culture

Nanaimo fiddle instructors recognised for contributing to city’s culture For more than 10 years this duo has been writing and publishing fiddle and piano music books under the Cross Canada Fiddle banner, which soon added a teaching side and their flagship ensemble, Fiddlelium. Now Trish and Geoff Horrocks have been presented with Nanaimo’s 2020 Honour […]

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Unleash the ’Gong boy

Unleash the ’Gong boy Richard Tognetti has been staying up until 3am — not with jet lag, not rehearsing, not in post-performance celebrations. Tognetti is up reinventing his orchestra. June should have seen the Australian Chamber Orchestra playing Mahler’s Song of the Earth and preparing for the debut of one of Tognetti’s own compositions.  Then, plot twist: […]

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Mass shooting victim’s favourite instrument donated in her memory

Mass shooting victim’s favourite instrument donated in her memory… Emily Tuck was the youngest victim of the mass shooting, which claimed the lives of 22 people, including her mother Jolene Oliver and father Aaron Tuck, in April. Touched the by teen’s talent, Nadine Sarty of Bridgewater, N.S., raised funds to purchase a fiddle, along with […]

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A Brief History of the Violin

A Brief History of the Violin Italian musical masters took the violin from fiddle to first chair Strummed, plucked, or bowed, violins had been making music for centuries before Andrea Amati and Antonio Stradivari brought them to new heights in the 16th and 17th centuries. The violin is arguably the world’s most popular instrument. Its […]

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At 87 Years Old, Al Schahn Began Restoring Violins. At 88, He Became a Violin Maker.

At 87 Years Old, Al Schahn Began Restoring Violins. At 88, He Became a Violin Maker. As a boy, Al Schahn knew that the handmade violins his “papa” created made a distinct sound. Now 88 years old, Schahn began patiently restoring musical instruments last year and has since refurbished more than 20 violins, he says, including […]

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Million-dollar Strads fall to modern violins in blind ‘sound check’

Million-dollar Strads fall to modern violins in blind ‘sound check’ For more than a century, violins crafted by Stradivari and members of his family have been thought to possess acoustic qualities that new violins simply can’t match. (Violins fashioned contemporaneously by members of the Guarneri family are similarly revered.) Is this still the case….read more!

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Annual Donegal Fiddle Festival goes online to beat crisis

Annual Donegal Fiddle Festival goes online to beat crisis With the Covid-19 lockdown many of the events organised by Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí have been forced to go online. Organisers of the annual Donegal Fiddle Week say they are determined that the pandemic won’t force them to abandon this year’s festival. The week-long carnival dedicated to […]

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Why is Arthur Edward Smith considered Australia’s best violin-maker?

Why is Arthur Edward Smith considered Australia’s best violin-maker? Today in both Australia & the wider global community, Arthur Edward Smith is considered the most important violin-maker to have been active in Australia. After migrating from London to Australia in 1909, Smith’s reputation began to grow. As his reputation grew, so did the prices for […]