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As the movie awards season comes to a close, we thought we'd take a look at film composers. As musicians, we understand that movies wouldn’t pack nearly the emotional punch they have without the right soundtrack. While many movie soundtracks are primarily filled with clips of songs not written specifically for that movie, most will also include at least one original piece — if not an entire score.

 

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Long before Mimi Zweig launched her ground-breaking website StringPedagogy, she developed a teaching style that blends her own ideas with her past teachers’ influences, as well as elements of other philosophies she admires. The result is a method that has helped guide generations of students to successful music careers as performers and teachers.

 

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Sooner or later, most people find themselves at a crossroads in their career. Mimi Zweig arrived there early. As detailed in part I of this three-part series highlighting Zweig’s career, she was already an accomplished violinist and violist at the age of 22.

 

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For nearly half a century, Mimi Zweig has been teaching and inspiring young violin and viola students. A Professor of Violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the director of the JSoM String Academy she founded in 1975, Zweig could be considered classical music’s version of Stella Adler.

 

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Italian instrument maker, Antonio Stradivari, has long been regarded as one of the finest instrument makers of all time. Primarily a builder of violins, violas, and cellos, his career started around 350 years ago. Today, many instruments he made with his own hands are still in use. His instruments command the highest prices at auctions and have been owned and played by some of the world’s top musicians of every generation for the past 300-plus years.

 

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For all the attention given virtuoso musicians, where would any of them be without an extraordinary instrument?

If you've been a violin student for any length of time, "Guarneri" is a name you've heard. Now is the time to learn a bit more about this famous family of luthiers.

 

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For an artist with such eclectic tastes in music, there's one thing violinist Regina Carter doesn't much care for, and that's labels. When Carter, 53, transitioned her formal studies from classical to jazz, it set her on a path to musical discovery that she continues to explore.

 

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Considered the grandfather of jazz violinists, Stéphane Grappelli 1908 – 1997 was a French violinist who had a long, prolific career spanning into his late 80’s, and founded one of the first all-string jazz groups, the Quintette du Hot Club de France.

 

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In the universe of shining, young musical stars, Sheku Kanneh-Mason could be called his own solar system. 

Consider that in the past several years alone, this gifted cellist starred on British reality TV, made hit recordings, earned a top BBC honor, performed at both the Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall, soloed for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at their royal wedding, and was the subject of a documentary.

 

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If you ask people to list some well-known composers, Respighi isn't a name likely to be on anyone's list. Yet this Italian composer, whose life spanned the Romantic and Modernist eras of classical music, has been described as having an "undeniable brilliance as an orchestrator, his ability to conjure a kaleidoscopic range of crowd-pleasing colors and impressions from his instrumental palette."

It's time to get to know Ottorino Respighi.

 

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Insights from the World's Best Film Score Composers

Insights from the World's Best Film Score Composers

As the movie awards season comes to a close, we thought we'd take a look at film composers. As musicians, we understand that movies wouldn’t pack nearly the emotional punch they have without the right soundtrack. While many movie soundtracks are primarily filled with clips of songs not written specifically for that movie, most will also include at least one original piece — if not an entire score.

 

Read More

StringOvation Exclusive: Mimi Zweig’s Pedagogy Style - Patience, Practice, and Freedom

StringOvation Exclusive: Mimi Zweig’s Pedagogy Style - Patience, Practice, and Freedom

Long before Mimi Zweig launched her ground-breaking website StringPedagogy, she developed a teaching style that blends her own ideas with her past teachers’ influences, as well as elements of other philosophies she admires. The result is a method that has helped guide generations of students to successful music careers as performers and teachers.

 

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StringOvation Exclusive: Mimi Zweig’s Roadmap to Success

StringOvation Exclusive: Mimi Zweig’s Roadmap to Success

Sooner or later, most people find themselves at a crossroads in their career. Mimi Zweig arrived there early. As detailed in part I of this three-part series highlighting Zweig’s career, she was already an accomplished violinist and violist at the age of 22.

 

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StringOvation Exclusive: Mimi Zweig – The Petite Giant of String Pedagogy

StringOvation Exclusive: Mimi Zweig – The Petite Giant of String Pedagogy

For nearly half a century, Mimi Zweig has been teaching and inspiring young violin and viola students. A Professor of Violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the director of the JSoM String Academy she founded in 1975, Zweig could be considered classical music’s version of Stella Adler.

 

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Spotlight on Historic Violin Maker Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737)

Spotlight on Historic Violin Maker Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737)

Italian instrument maker, Antonio Stradivari, has long been regarded as one of the finest instrument makers of all time. Primarily a builder of violins, violas, and cellos, his career started around 350 years ago. Today, many instruments he made with his own hands are still in use. His instruments command the highest prices at auctions and have been owned and played by some of the world’s top musicians of every generation for the past 300-plus years.

 

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11 Facts You Should Know about the Guarneri Family

11 Facts You Should Know about the Guarneri Family

For all the attention given virtuoso musicians, where would any of them be without an extraordinary instrument?

If you've been a violin student for any length of time, "Guarneri" is a name you've heard. Now is the time to learn a bit more about this famous family of luthiers.

 

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StringOvation Exclusive: Violinist Regina Carter Goes Wherever the Music Takes Her

StringOvation Exclusive: Violinist Regina Carter Goes Wherever the Music Takes Her

For an artist with such eclectic tastes in music, there's one thing violinist Regina Carter doesn't much care for, and that's labels. When Carter, 53, transitioned her formal studies from classical to jazz, it set her on a path to musical discovery that she continues to explore.

 

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The Life and Career of Jazz Violin Great Stéphane Grappelli

The Life and Career of Jazz Violin Great Stéphane Grappelli

Considered the grandfather of jazz violinists, Stéphane Grappelli 1908 – 1997 was a French violinist who had a long, prolific career spanning into his late 80’s, and founded one of the first all-string jazz groups, the Quintette du Hot Club de France.

 

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Artist Spotlight: Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Artist Spotlight: Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason

In the universe of shining, young musical stars, Sheku Kanneh-Mason could be called his own solar system. 

Consider that in the past several years alone, this gifted cellist starred on British reality TV, made hit recordings, earned a top BBC honor, performed at both the Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall, soloed for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at their royal wedding, and was the subject of a documentary.

 

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Artist Spotlight: Ottorino Respighi

Artist Spotlight: Ottorino Respighi

If you ask people to list some well-known composers, Respighi isn't a name likely to be on anyone's list. Yet this Italian composer, whose life spanned the Romantic and Modernist eras of classical music, has been described as having an "undeniable brilliance as an orchestrator, his ability to conjure a kaleidoscopic range of crowd-pleasing colors and impressions from his instrumental palette."

It's time to get to know Ottorino Respighi.

 

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