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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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Thanks to streaming technology, listening to music or watching concert videos has never been easier. We imagine your summer plans include spending quality time in a comfy spot with earbuds or headphones firmly in place, soaking up your favorite recordings.

 

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Think heavy metal and classical music have nothing in common? Read our interview with Eicca Toppinen, lead cellist of the symphonic metal band Apocalyptica, to find out how they intersect.

 

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Summer is on its way, and now is the best time to start thinking about what violin concerts you can catch during a festival-packed 2019 season for string players and music fans alike. There's nothing like seeing a live concert of the instrument you play – especially by an icon in the field. You'll find inspiration to elevate and motivate your spirit for some time.

 

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The year-end concert is both a celebration as well as a bookend to the final days of the school year. This concert is especially poignant for senior students, who will be graduating and heading off to their new lives as college students or fully-fledged working adults. Thus, it makes sense to put special care into your concert program, selecting music that fits the level of your players’ musicianship and makes a lasting impression on the audience.

 

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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.

 

Read More

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.

 

Read More

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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10 Summer 2019 Cello Concerts You Won't Want to Miss

10 Summer 2019 Cello Concerts You Won't Want to Miss

Thanks to streaming technology, listening to music or watching concert videos has never been easier. We imagine your summer plans include spending quality time in a comfy spot with earbuds or headphones firmly in place, soaking up your favorite recordings.

 

Read More

StringOvation Exclusive: Interview with Apocalyptica

StringOvation Exclusive: Interview with Apocalyptica

Think heavy metal and classical music have nothing in common? Read our interview with Eicca Toppinen, lead cellist of the symphonic metal band Apocalyptica, to find out how they intersect.

 

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8 Upcoming Summer 2019 Violin Concerts You Won't Want to Miss

8 Upcoming Summer 2019 Violin Concerts You Won't Want to Miss

Summer is on its way, and now is the best time to start thinking about what violin concerts you can catch during a festival-packed 2019 season for string players and music fans alike. There's nothing like seeing a live concert of the instrument you play – especially by an icon in the field. You'll find inspiration to elevate and motivate your spirit for some time.

 

Read More

Compositions to Wow Your Audience for a Year-End Concert

Compositions to Wow Your Audience for a Year-End Concert

The year-end concert is both a celebration as well as a bookend to the final days of the school year. This concert is especially poignant for senior students, who will be graduating and heading off to their new lives as college students or fully-fledged working adults. Thus, it makes sense to put special care into your concert program, selecting music that fits the level of your players’ musicianship and makes a lasting impression on the audience.

 

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