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The worlds best violin and fiddle strings

What are the best violin and fiddle strings out there?
What are the best violin and fiddle strings out there?

The strings of a violin are the most integral part of the violin, if they are the wrong length or tension your are not going to make good music.

Good quality, however, does not always mean high price tags as there are some good quality strings available for families or those on a budget.

We take a look at the 10 best violin strings that will take your music from ouch to wow.

Read more about strings and string qualities here….

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Worlds most expensive violins

With their quality and rarity, no one could deny their great value. Expensive violins have rich stories hidden on their wood and strings.

The violin saved from the Titanic....
The violin saved from the Titanic….

Many notable virtuosos have laid their hands on these violins, and they continue to pass on to new violinists regularly.

Read more about the worlds most expensive violins …

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Meet Richard Tognetti

Lead violinist and artistic director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra - Richard Tognetti.
Lead violinist and artistic director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra – Richard Tognetti.

Richard Tognetti is Artistic Director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Lead Violin. He has established an international reputation for his compelling performances and artistic individualism.

Richard began his studies in his home town of Wollongong with William Primrose, then with Alice Waten at the Sydney Conservatorium, and Igor Ozim at the Bern Conservatory, where he was awarded the Tschumi Prize as the top graduate soloist in 1989.

At present he is lead violinist and artistic director of the amazing Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Read more about Richard here…..

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Could a 12-year-old Australian-Chinese violinist be the next child prodigy?

12yo Christiian Li violiin and fiddle
12yo Christiian Li

12-year-old Australian-Chinese violinist could be the next child prodigy…

Christian Li, a 12-year-old schoolboy violinist from Melbourne, recently became the youngest-ever artist signed by the Decca Classics record label. He will release a new recording later this month, a contemporary adaptation of a traditional Chinese folk tune.

Read more on this fantastic story here….

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WE NOW HAVE A SHOP

THE GOLDEN FIDDLE AWARDS HAS AN
ONLINE SHOP – FINALLY!!!

Finally we now have a fantastic online shop here and will soon be active on our Facebook page and very soon we will be selling exclusive products such as CDs. But first may we interest you in our fantastic GFA branded tee. A Soft American cotton tee shirt with our GFA logo on the front. Show your support for the organisation that has supported string players for over 15+ years and get yours NOW!

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A Luthier Livestreams Himself Building A Violin To Benefit Musicians Impacted By Coronavirus

A Luthier Livestreams Himself Building A Violin To Benefit Musicians Impacted By Coronavirus

Luthier Jacob Brillhart holding one of the violins he made. (Courtesy Aneleisa Gladding-Hinton)

For one whole week at the end of March, from early every morning until late at night, Jacob Brillhart livestreamed himself from his violin-making workshop in Chelsea, Vermont. The videos archived on Facebook depict a serene tableau: Brillhart, in a black apron, bent over his workbench, soft sunlight pouring in from the skylight. Every once in a while he stops to fiddle with his phone. Then, it’s back to the minute, delicate work of carving a violin from scratch.

To read more on this uplifting story click here….

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The Violinist’s Guide to Protecting from Coronavirus and Other Germs

The Violinist’s Guide to Protecting from Coronavirus and Other Germs

The Violinist's Guide to Protecting from Coronavirus and Other Germs
The Violinist’s Guide to Protecting from Coronavirus and Other Germs

Playing the violin can be a very communal activity, and with the instrument right up against our faces, we have some unique considerations when it comes to being sanitary during the outbreak of any disease, whether it’s the coronavirus, the flu or the common cold.

Here are a few ideas to consider….

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7 tips for classical violinists to unlock their inner fiddler

7 tips for classical violinists to unlock their inner fiddler

Violin player Colin Jacobsen (far right) with Brooklyn Rider and Irish fiddler Martin Hayes (second from left)
Colin Jacobsen (far right) with Brooklyn Rider and Irish fiddler Martin Hayes (second from left)

Colin Jacobsen from string quartet Brooklyn Rider has some advice for classically trained approaches to folk traditions

Sadly, like many languages and species of animals around the world, many folk traditions around the world are being lost to urbanisation, modernisation, globalisation, etc. The flip side is that those same forces have allowed more of us to know more about a greater diversity of folk music than at any other time.

Obviously, the problem with saying ‘folk’ as a general concept is that it is an impossibly large umbrella to describe a world with as many variations in style as there are languages, dialects and specific accents within languages. So for the purposes of this article, I will generalise ‘folk’ music in this context to mostly refer to Celtic and North American fiddling traditions, though some of these things I feel are applicable to things as diverse as Chinese or Persian folk music, the music of the Roma people, etc.

Here are the 7 tips for classical violinists to unlock their inner fiddler…..

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Violins escape Holocaust

‘Violins of Hope’ escaped the Holocaust

The Bielski Violin - made in Germany around 1870, was featured in one of dozens of Violins of Hope events
The Bielski Violin – made in Germany around 1870, was featured in one of dozens of Violins of Hope events

Why do so many Jews play the violin? Because, according to one old explanation, when the time came to flee, you could always run with a violin.

Indeed, some Jewish fiddlers fleeing persecution in Europe and the Russian Empire managed to escape. But multitudes were caught, especially during the Holocaust.

That’s the tragic yet ultimately inspiring origin of Violins of Hope, a collection of stringed instruments that survived the Shoah, though their former owners did not.

Read more on this remarkable and emotional event here…

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Meet Sam Sweeney

Interview with Stroud fiddler Sam Sweeney…

Interview with Sam Sweeney for fiddle and violin players
Sam Sweeney

Nominated four times, and winner in 2015, of Musician Of The Year BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Sam is a veteran of the mighty Bellowhead, former and inaugural artistic director of the National Folk Youth Ensemble, founder member of the acclaimed instrumental trio Leveret, and a superb instrumentalist at the forefront of the revival in English traditional music. Sam has also recorded and performed with The Full English, Eliza Carthy, Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings, Fay Hield & The Hurricane Party, Emily Portman, Martin Carthy, as well as his own critically acclaimed show Made In The Great War.

https://www.samsweeneymusic.com/

About to release his 2nd solo album, here is an interview with this remarkable fiddler….