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Leipzig Quartet Violinist Accused of Naked Attack in Midtown Hotel

Monday, March 30, 2015

A violinist in the Leipzig String Quartet was arrested early Friday morning and charged with assaulting another guest at a Midtown Manhattan hotel.
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The Greene Space

On-Demand Video: WQXR Presents Joshua Bell

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Superstar violinist Joshua Bell returned to The Greene Space to celebrate the release of his newest recording, Bach.

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WQXR Blog

Suspects in Murder of New York Violinist Held Without Bail

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Two men accused of killing New York concert violinist Mary Whitaker during a robbery in her rural home are due in federal court.
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WQXR Blog

New York Violinist Found Slain in Summer Home

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Two men were charged on Friday with murder in the death of Mary Whitaker, a violinist who performed with the Westchester Philharmonic and other New York ensembles.
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WQXR Blog

Photo of the Day: 'Cowboy' Violists from New York

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New York Philharmonic violists Rebecca Young and Rémi Pelletier and violinist Sarah Pratt hold an unusual rehearsal this week in Vail, Colorado.

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WQXR Features

Ray Chen's Road Trip Playlist

Monday, June 09, 2014

Ray Chen, the rising young violinist (and new owner of a driver's license), has put together an eclectic road trip playlist. It stretches from Mozart and Pärt to Bruno Mars and Young MC.

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WQXR Blog

Violinist Vanessa-Mae to Ski at Sochi Olympics

Monday, January 20, 2014

The manager of Vanessa-Mae says the musician will be swapping her violin for skis to compete at the Winter Olympics.

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Spinning on Air

Stories With and Without Language: The Musical Adventures of Iva Bittová

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Iva Bittová is a storyteller who rarely uses actual language to convey the emotions of her stories. Singing wordlessly, or using an implied language of her own, she creates intimate, engrossing narratives. David Garland welcomes Iva Bittová to the WNYC Studio to perform and talk about her music. She sings and plays violin simultaneously, sings some songs for voice alone, and with kalimba, drawing chiefly from material on her new ECM album, "Iva Bittová." Plus she tells of living in rural upstate New York, and being a film star in the Czech Republic.

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WQXR Blog

Joshua Bell to Judge Miss America Pageant

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Along with their enthusiasm for travel and quest for world peace, Miss America contestants may wish to talk Kreisler and Sarasate this year.

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WQXR Blog

Violinist Arrested for Playing Bach on Subway Platform

Monday, July 29, 2013

A violinist claims he was handcuffed for playing Bach's Third Partita on the platform of the Hunter College subway station Thursday – and spent four hours in custody as a result.
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WQXR Blog

'Mad Men' Season Premiere: Betty and the Violinist

Monday, April 08, 2013

Viewers can always count on Betty to supply some of the weirder, darker subplots on “Mad Men,” and the season six premiere Sunday night did not disappoint.

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Albums of the Week

Violinist Daniel Hope Explores Celestial Harmony with 'Spheres'

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Daniel Hope has assembled a wide-ranging collection of compositions whose repetitions evoke the recurrent orbits of astral bodies.

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Top 5 @ 105

Top 5 Violinists-turned-Conductors

Thursday, February 21, 2013

There are few things left for Joshua Bell to achieve as a violinist, but as a conductor he still has plenty of new ground to cover. Blogger Amanda Angel gives her list of top five violinists that have become maestros.

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Albums of the Week

Violinist James Ehnes Explores Bartók's Vibrant Folk Songs

Sunday, January 20, 2013

As violinist James Ehnes and pianist Andrew Armstrong demonstrate on this new recording, Bartók fashioned some vibrant and colorful arrangements from his folk journeys.

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WQXR Features

Café Concert: Julian Rachlin

Thursday, December 06, 2012

After a difficult prodigy phase, violinist Julian Rachlin has matured into a career that includes many things: chamber music, concertos, conducting and teaching. Watch him perform in the WQXR Cafe.

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Five New Violin Recordings to Get Excited About This Spring

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The spiritual offspring of Anne-Sophie Mutter, today's most prominent violinists are, on the whole, female, ultra-virtuosic, career-focused and glamorous looking besides. Here are five standout recordings, plus a free download of violinist Tianwa Yang.

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WQXR Features

Café Concert: Leila Josefowicz

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Leila Josefowicz is not a violinist who normally gets pigeonholed as a new-music specialist and yet she has devoted a substantial portion of her activities in recent years to championing contemporary works. She shares that passion live in the WQXR Café.

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New Sounds

Sonic Atmospheres

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

For this New Sounds, we’ll experience some sonic and at times, spiritual atmospheres, including ambient music, and other works that might invoke the “m” word – “minimalism.”  

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