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V.com weekend vote: How high is your A?

December 15, 2017, 1:55 PM · The wonderful comedy team TwoSet Violin brought something to everyone's attention this week, something I've certainly noticed: Global Pitch Change! It's true, our "A" has been getting higher and higher, and Brett and Eddy dramatize it in a way that only they can.

In all likelihood, your pitch varies by the situation, but for the majority of the time, how high is the A tuned on your violin?

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Applications open for Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition with $100,000 first prize!

Applications open for Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition with $100,000 first prize! Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition is accepting applications until January 31, 2018 for violinists aged 16 to 32. In addition to a first prize of $100,000, the competition is co-chaired by David Stern and holds an esteemed panel of jury members including Maxim Vengerov. Apply now! (Ad)

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How to make every shift more accurate and secure, and free of tension

December 14, 2017, 8:49 PM · One difference between being a professional soloist and being an occasional one, is that the former’s life is structured entirely around practice, rehearsal and performance; whereas the occasional soloist’s life can be full to the brim with other things which they can’t just stop when the concert opportunities arrive, in order to do nothing but practice. It all has to be done on top of all the other commitments.

Therefore if you don’t have endless time in which to practice, and if you don’t always have your best energy to give to it, you have to be constantly on the lookout for ways to save time, and to make more progress in less time. Every minute of practice must be productive.

Part of saving time is to find ways of fixing multiple problems with a single solution. It was during my preparation for a performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, twenty years ago, that I had a ‘eureka’ moment that I reflect on to this day. Keep reading...

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Violinist Hilary Hahn Selects Fan Art This Week for New Album, 'Retrospective' border=0 align=

Violinist Hilary Hahn Selects Fan Art This Week for New Album, 'Retrospective'

December 14, 2017, 3:33 PM · This week violinist Hilary Hahn has been naming the fan art that will appear on the cover and in the booklet for her new album, called Retrospective, to be released Jan. 19.

For years, Hahn has been featuring "fan art" - pictures drawn by fans and given to her - every Friday on her Facebook page. Last July, she invited her fans to submit artwork for her next album, a selection of favorite tracks from her 12 Deutsche Grammophon recordings and live recordings of Mozart Sonata KV 379, Davidson’s "Blue Curve of the Earth," and Richter’s "Mercy" (both written for her Encores project). Keep reading...

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