Saturday, January 25, 2020

ASK THE PROS | Attacca Quartet’s Andrew Yee – ‘How Does the Rehearsal Process Change with Different Styles of Music?’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Mimi Lee from the United States was keen to know: “How does your rehearsal process change when dealing with different styles...

VC MASTERCLASS | VC Artist Ray Chen – Violin Harmonics Masterclass [LEARN]

Australian VC Artist Ray Chen walks us through a short masterclass on mastering the art of clear natural and artificial violin harmonics. Uploaded originally on...

ASK THE PROS | James Ehnes – ‘Mid-Performance String Breaks’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Jason Tong was keen to know: 'What is the most professional way to handle a broken string during a performance?' We...

ASK THE PROS | Violin Pedagogue Miriam Fried – “Secret to Playing Fast Without Tension” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Michelle Bournea, from the United States was keen to know: ‘What's the secret to playing fast without tension?’ We threw Michelle’s question over...

VC MASTERCLASS | 2018 Menuhin Competition – Pamela Frank, Locatelli’s Caprice No.19 [LEARN]

Recorded live at the 2018 Menuhin Competition, in Geneva, Curtis Institute of Music pedagogue and jury member Pamela Frank works us through Locatelli’s Caprice...

VC MASTERCLASS | Violin Pedagogue Joseph Silverstein – Violin Vibrato Masterclass [LEARN]

The late Curtis Institute of Music violin pedagogue Mr Joseph Silverstein works us through a violin masterclass on teaching methods for effective and varying vibrato. Recorded live in...

ASK THE PROS | Stefan Valcuha – ‘Best Way to Clean Your Stringed Instrument’

The Violin Channel member Guillaume Jacot was keen to know: 'What is the best way to clean your instrument, and with what, when it's...

VC MASTERCLASS | Violin Pedagogue Klaidi Sahatci – Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 [LEARN]

Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich Concertmaster and University of Music of Italian Switzerland faculty member Klaidi Sahatci works us through the first movement of Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2...

RBP ON JSB | Rachel Barton Pine – ‘Siciliana’ from Bach’s G Minor Solo Sonata [SERIES]

In a VC exclusive video series, American violinist Rachel Barton Pine talks us through the intricacies of the ‘Siciliana’ from Bach’s Solo Violin Sonata No....

VC INSIGHT | VC Artist Angelo Xiang Yu – ‘Michael Hill Comp: Mixture of Joy & Sadness’ [BLOG]

With the 2019 Michael Hill International Violin Competition entering its final stage in Auckland this evening, VC recently caught up with a number of...

VC MASTERCLASS | Pamela Frank – ‘How Many Hours Should We Be Practicing?’ [VIDEO]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with respected violinist and pedagogue Pamela Frank, from the Curtis Institute of Music, and we put to her...

VC MASTERCLASS | 2018 Menuhin Competition – Maxim Vengerov, Bach’s Solo Violin Sonata No. 2 [LEARN]

Recorded live at the 2018 Menuhin Competition, in Geneva, violin virtuoso and jury member Maxim Vengerov works us through the ‘Andante’ and ‘Allegro’ from...

VC MASTERCLASS | 2018 Menuhin Competition – Henning Kraggerud, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 [LEARN]

Recorded live at the 2018 Menuhin Competition, in Geneva, Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra Artistic Director and jury member Henning Kraggerud works us through the...

VC MASTERCLASS | Aaron Rosand, Curtis Institute, ‘The Lost Art of Violin Recital Programming’

The Violin Channel recently caught up with American violin virtuoso Aaron Rosand, from the Curtis Institute of Music, who provided some fascinating thoughts on...

VC MASTERCLASS | Viktoria Mullova – ‘Surrendering Yourself to the Nerves’

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Russian-born violin virtuoso Viktoria Mullova - at her home in West London. Viktoria offered some excellent advice on the importance of...

VC INSIDER | “What Should Be Considered When Choosing Repertoire for a Competition?”

The Violin Channel recently caught up with a number of esteemed international string pedagogues – to get the inside word on which repertoire a...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist Qian Zhou – “Maximising the Odds of Your Audition Tape Being Accepted” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Zhao Tang from the United States was keen to know: "What are the keys to ensuring your audition tape has...

ASK THE PROS | Violist Atar Arad – “How Important is it for a Performer to be Versatile In Many Styles?” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Christian Li from the United States was keen to know: "How important is it that a performer today be versatile...

ASK THE PROS | Jazz Violinist Christian Garrick – “Is it Possible to Teach Someone How to Improvise?” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Francesco Bruno from Italy was keen to know: "Is it possible to teach someone how to improvise? If so, what...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist, Francesca dePasquale: ‘Improving Your Ensemble Playing’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Annie Jones, from Canada was keen to know: ‘What are some tips in improving your ensemble playing?’ We threw Annie’s question...

ASK THE PROS | Cellist Laurence Lesser – ‘Warming Up Before a Lesson or Performance” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Matthew Boon, from the United States, was keen to know: ‘What is the best way to warm up before a...

WITH NICKY | Violinist Nicola Benedetti – No. 2 ‘Developing Your Sound’ [ADVICE]

This, the second in the newly-launched ‘With Nicky’ series, violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti takes us through the importance of developing your own sound. “Developing and producing sound...

WITH NICKY | Violinist Nicola Benedetti – No. 5 ‘Equipment’ [ADVICE]

This, the fifith in the newly-launched ‘With Nicky’ series, violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti talks us through all things equipment ... strings, shoulder rests, chin rests,...

VC MASTERCLASS | Conductor Benjamin Zander – Saint-Saens’ Violin Concerto No. 3 Masterclass [LEARN]

English conductor Benjamin Zander works us through a student violin masterclass on the 1st movement of Saint-Saens' Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor. Recorded live...

VC MASTERCLASS | David Coucheron, Atlanta Symphony Concertmaster – ‘Combating Stage Nerves’ [VIDEO]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster, Norwegian-born violinist David Coucheron at the Aspen Music Festival & School - where he discussed his...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist Kurt Sassmannshaus – “How to Effectively Use Scales to Improve Your Technique” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Michael Guarino from Italy was keen to know: "How should violinists effectively practice scales to improve their technique?" We threw Michael’s...

VC MASTERCLASS | Victoria Chiang, Peabody Institute – ‘5 Essential Skills for Ensuring Efficient Practice’ [VIDEO]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with violist and respected pedagogue Victoria Chiang, from the Peabody Institute, in Baltimore and the Aspen Music Festival &...

ASK THE PROS | VC Artist Augustin Hadelich – ‘Maintaining Your Practice Motivation’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Nathan Kahrs was keen to know: ‘How do you stay motivated when you really don't feel like practicing?' We threw Nathan's...

VC MASTERCLASS | Andrew Haveron – Rachmaninoff’s ‘Symphonic Dances’, 1st Violin Masterclass [LEARN]

Sydney Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Andrew Haveron works us through a violin masterclass on an excerpt from the first violin part of Rachmaninoff's 'Symphonic Dances'. Recorded as part...

VC MASTERCLASS | Tamas Varga – Brahms’ 2nd Symphony Cello Audition [LEARN]

Vienna Philharmonic’s Principal Cellist Tamas Varga works us through a cello audition masterclass on Brahms' 2nd Symphony. Recorded at New York’s Carnegie Hall – with student Clara Abel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjHIHz86fKU&showinfo=0&autohide=1 TAMÁS...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist & Pedagogue Stephanie Chase – ‘Capturing Authenticity in a Period Performance’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Joseph Costa from Italy was keen to know: "What are the main considerations for capturing authenticity in a period performance?" We threw...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist Ida Kavafian – ‘Making Scales More Enjoyable’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Vincenzo Sandi, from Milan was keen to know: 'Are there any tricks or techniques to make practicing scales more enjoyable?' We threw...

ASK THE PROS | Philippe Quint – ‘The Perfect Up Bow Staccato’

The Violin Channel member Vlad Bourceanu, from London, was keen to know: 'What is the secret to perfect up bow staccato?' VC threw Vlad's plea...

STRINGTELLIGENCE BY THOMASTIK-INFELD | ‘Taming a Wolf Tone & Eliminating String Buzzing’ [NEW SERIES]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Thomastik-Infeld string manufacturer’s Director of Engineering and Technology, Mr Franz Klanner. In part 2 of a new blog series, released in...

ASK THE PROS | Cellist Paul Katz – “Once the Notes Have Been Mastered, What are the Next Steps?” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Andrea Rengevich from the United States was keen to know: "Once the notes have been mastered, what should be the...

VC INSIDER | “Should A Student Take a Lesson With a Prospective Teacher Before a Conservatory Audition?”

The Violin Channel recently caught up with a panel of esteemed international string pedagogues - to get the inside word on whether it's advisable...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist Lucie Robert – “What Qualities Should Every Young Aspiring Professional String Player Possess?” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Daniel Powell from the United States was keen to know: “What qualities should every young aspiring professional string player possess?” We threw...

VC MASTERCLASS | Violin Pedagogue Hagai Shaham – Ravel’s ‘Tzigane’ [LEARN]

Israeli violin pedagogue Hagai Shaham works us through Ravel's 'Tzigane'. Recorded in 6 camera high-definition with student violinist Suzan Yanki Karatas – as part of the iClassical Academy's newly-launched...

ASK THE PROS | Martin Beaver – ‘Do You Encourage Your Students To Study At Music Festivals Over The Summer?’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Susan Wei, from the United States was keen to know: ‘Do you encourage your students to study at music festivals...

VC INSIGHT | VC Artist Noah Bendix-Balgley – ‘My Queen Elisabeth Comp Experience’ [BLOG]

As we have come to know, it is a long established mandatory condition of the Queen Elisabeth Competition for all 12 finalists to spend the...

VC MASTERCLASS | Violinist Miriam Fried – Bach Solo Partita No.1 in B Minor [LEARN]

Respected violinist and pedagogue Miriam Fried works us through the Allemande from Bach’s Solo Violin Partita No. 1 in B Minor. Recorded in 6 camera high-definition...

VC MASTERCLASS | Violinist Gyorgy Pauk – Ysaye Violin Solo Sonata No. 6 [LEARN]

Royal Academy of Music violin pedagogue Gyorgy Pauk works us through the Ysaye Violin Solo Sonata No. 6 in E Major. Recorded in 6 camera...

ASK THE PROS | Violist Daniel Panner – “Scales, Exercises and Etudes for a Rock-Solid Left and Right Hand?” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Jeremy Lo from the United States was keen to know: "What violin and viola scales, exercises, and etude books do...

WITH NICKY | Violinist Nicola Benedetti – No. 4 ‘Continuing the Fundamentals of Vibrato’ [ADVICE]

This, the fourth in the newly-launched ‘With Nicky’ series, violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti continues us through the fundamentals of vibrato. "Following on from last week, we are...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist & Violist Lily Francis – ‘What do Violinists Stand to Learn from Playing Mozart?’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Eliza Jordan from the United States was keen to know: “What is so special about the music of Mozart? And what...

ASK THE PROS | Martin Beaver – ‘Why is Slow Practice So Important?’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Adam Clark, from Canada was keen to know: ‘Why is it so important to practice slowly?' We threw Adam's question over...

ASK THE PROS | Patinka Kopec – ‘Telling a Student a Career in Performance May Not Be for Them’ [ADVICE]

VC member Nicole Wang from the United States was keen to know if and how music teachers should advise students that music performance may not be the...

ASK THE PROS | Violist Stephen Wyrczynski – “What Do You Look For In Undergraduate vs Graduate Students?” [ADVICE]

VC member Sofia Yatsyuk from Ukraine was keen to know what conservatory audition panelists look for in undergraduate vs graduate students for admissions. We threw Sofia's...

ASK THE PROS | Violin Pedagogue Grigory Kalinovsky – “How to Achieve a Great Left Hand” [ADVICE]

VC member Josephine Harley from the United States was keen to know the properties of a great left hand for string players and how to...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist Mayuko Kamio – ‘Recovering After Messing Up on Stage’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Tina Lee, from China was keen to know: ‘What is the best way to recover when you mess up on stage?’ We threw...

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