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Sibelius and Heifetz

Thursday, April 16, 2015

In 1935, Jascha Heifetz made the first recording, ever, of the Sibelius Violin Concerto.

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The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

In the Studio with Asi Matathias

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Israeli violinist Asi Matathias comes to the Young Artists Showcase studio for a meaty program of Brahms and one of host Bob Sherman's favorite works, the Strauss Violin Sonata.

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WQXR Blog

Strange Violin of the Future to Debut in New York This Week

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Piezoelectric Violin, a prototype instrument built using a 3D printer, appears this week in New York. Have a look.
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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Arun Ramamurthy Trio

Friday, March 27, 2015

Carnatic violin meets jazz rhythm, tonight at The Way Station.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Giant of the Violin, with a Talent for Discovering Talent

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Behind violin virtuoso Anne-Sophie Mutter’s quest to bring the world’s most exceptional young string players to Carnegie Hall.

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WQXR Blog

Video: How to Make a Flying Violin

Thursday, February 05, 2015

A video has been making the rounds on YouTube showing an antique violin modified for flight – a "Violincopter," as it's dubbed.
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WQXR Blog

Violinist Sues Luthier for Snapping $80,000 Bow

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The violinist Leonidas Kavakos has sued a violin shop in Burbank, CA, claiming that the shop's owner snapped his bow, worth $80,000.
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WQXR Blog

Was Renowned Inventor of Suzuki Violin Method a Fraud?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Shinichi Suzuki, the late, Japanese founder of the Suzuki Method used by hundreds of thousands of violinists, is being accused of lying about his past.
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From the Top

Boston, Massachusetts

Saturday, August 02, 2014

This week From the Top brings you to Jordan Hall in Boston, Mass., for a series of string performances, and one piano. The program features “The Lark” by Mikhail Glinka brought to life by a wonderfully musical 11-year-old pianist. We'll also enjoy some unaccompanied Bach performed by a very thoughtful Boston-area teenager and a teenage string quartet shares moving stories about the healing power of music in their own lives.

Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Jenny Scheinman

Monday, June 30, 2014

Singer and violinist Jenny Scheinman performs with Bill Frisell and Brian Blade at LPR. Hear 'Run Run Run.'

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Tracy Silverman

Monday, June 23, 2014

Master of the electric violin performs The Cell Theatre. Download "Matisse: La Danse."

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The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

Edvard Grieg in the Northern Lights

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Young Artists Showcase won’t be headed to Scandinavia anytime soon, but this week you will hear a few rarely performed works by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg.

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Studio 360

Sad Batman, Saving 'Space Oddity,' and More

Thursday, May 15, 2014

This week in "Thanks, Internet!": saving "Space Oddity," an implausible violin, blue skies at the 9/11 Museum, Sharon Van Etten's killer crush, and Sad Batman.

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The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

Springtime trip to Sarasota

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Tonight at 10:30 pm, this week’s Showcase goes down to Florida to visit with student artists and Showcase alumni, including clarinetist Moran Katz and violinist Elena Urioste.

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Studio 360

How Crazy Is It to Spend Millions for an Old Violin?

Friday, April 11, 2014

More than 350 years ago, Antonio Stradivari created the best string instruments ever made — or at least, that’s the popular myth reinforced by stratospheric auction prices. But a study out this week found that violinists can’t really tell the difference between the million-dollar violins and new instruments ...

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WQXR Blog

Mark O'Connor's Prized Violin Damaged in Backstage Accident

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Mark O'Connor dropped his fiddle as he was getting ready to go on stage Monday night in Sioux Falls, SD, causing several major cracks in the wood. He tells Elliott Forrest how it happened.

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WQXR Features

Café Concert: Anne Akiko Meyers

Friday, March 21, 2014

Anne Akiko Meyers plays a centuries-old Guarneri del Gesu violin once used by Itzhak Perlman, Henri Vieuxtemps and Yehudi Menuhin, but it doesn’t reveal its beauty easily.

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From the Top

Boston, Massachusetts

Saturday, March 15, 2014

This week From the Top brings you to Jordan Hall in Boston, Mass., for a series of string performances, and one piano. The program features “The Lark” by Mikhail Glinka brought to life by a wonderfully musical 11-year-old pianist. We'll also enjoy some unaccompanied Bach performed by a very thoughtful Boston-area teenager and a teenage string quartet shares moving stories about the healing power of music in their own lives.

WQXR Blog

Video: Violinist Amadeus Leopold Does Extreme Paganini

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Amadeus Leopold, the violinist/performance artist formerly known as Hahn-Bin, has released a video featuring his own flamboyant take on Paganini's Caprice No. 24.

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WQXR Blog

Titanic Violin Sells for Over $1.6M at Auction

Saturday, October 19, 2013

A violin believed to have been played on the Titanic before the doomed vessel sank was auctioned for more than $1.6 million Saturday, a fantastic figure which one collector said may never be beaten.

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