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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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Cellist Sol Daniel Kim’s most direct connection to musicianship – genetics – isn’t uncommon. Many of the string musicians we profile have accomplished musicians as parents. In Kim’s case, however, his mother was a famous opera singer, and we can’t help but wonder if this is the reason his cello music seems to sing with a deeper and more expressive voice than other young, professional cellists. 

 

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Niccolò Paganini is well-known to anyone who has even thought about picking up a violin. Yet how well do you really know this composer and violin maestro? Paganini was a towering figure who lived an extraordinary life – whose catalogue of intriguing details can't fully be recounted here. We can, however, get that list started. Here are eight fascinating secrets about Paganini.

 

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Myth: Classical string musicians are boxed-in – just another concert-dressed musician among a sea of other concert-dressed musicians – with little ability for self-expression.

 

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Often, the string musicians we “spotlight” here at StringOvation were born into professional music families - for example, bassist Charnett Moffett and violist Tabea Zimmerman. These individuals were launched into their professional string musicians from a young age. That wasn’t the case for the Russian-born violinist, Philippe Quint. In fact, until his teen years, Philippe was determined to become a soccer star or a professional chess player. He even fantasized about a career as an astronaut. 

 

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Previously, we posted an Artist Spotlight featuring Damien Escobar – a non-traditional violinist with classical music training that serves as a foundation for his hip-hop inspired music. Today, we're featuring Black Violin – a dynamic duo who also use their exceptional musicianship to produce a mashup of both classical and hip-hop genres. The group consists of viola player Wilner Baptiste (Wil B.) and violinist Kevin Sylvester (Kev Marcus).

 

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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.

 

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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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10 Romantic Composers You Need to Know

10 Romantic Composers You Need to Know

 

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Artist Spotlight: Cellist Sol Daniel Kim

Artist Spotlight: Cellist Sol Daniel Kim

Cellist Sol Daniel Kim’s most direct connection to musicianship – genetics – isn’t uncommon. Many of the string musicians we profile have accomplished musicians as parents. In Kim’s case, however, his mother was a famous opera singer, and we can’t help but wonder if this is the reason his cello music seems to sing with a deeper and more expressive voice than other young, professional cellists. 

 

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8 Secrets Of Paganini

8 Secrets Of Paganini

Niccolò Paganini is well-known to anyone who has even thought about picking up a violin. Yet how well do you really know this composer and violin maestro? Paganini was a towering figure who lived an extraordinary life – whose catalogue of intriguing details can't fully be recounted here. We can, however, get that list started. Here are eight fascinating secrets about Paganini.

 

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Violinist Amadéus Leopold – a.k.a. Hahn-Bin

Violinist Amadéus Leopold – a.k.a. Hahn-Bin

Myth: Classical string musicians are boxed-in – just another concert-dressed musician among a sea of other concert-dressed musicians – with little ability for self-expression.

 

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Artist Spotlight: Violinist Philippe Quint

Artist Spotlight: Violinist Philippe Quint

Often, the string musicians we “spotlight” here at StringOvation were born into professional music families - for example, bassist Charnett Moffett and violist Tabea Zimmerman. These individuals were launched into their professional string musicians from a young age. That wasn’t the case for the Russian-born violinist, Philippe Quint. In fact, until his teen years, Philippe was determined to become a soccer star or a professional chess player. He even fantasized about a career as an astronaut. 

 

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Artist Spotlight: Black Violin

Artist Spotlight: Black Violin

Previously, we posted an Artist Spotlight featuring Damien Escobar – a non-traditional violinist with classical music training that serves as a foundation for his hip-hop inspired music. Today, we're featuring Black Violin – a dynamic duo who also use their exceptional musicianship to produce a mashup of both classical and hip-hop genres. The group consists of viola player Wilner Baptiste (Wil B.) and violinist Kevin Sylvester (Kev Marcus).

 

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